Public booking for 2013 Glyndebourne Festival opens soon

Billy Budd, Photo: Alistair Muir

One third of tickets priced at £100 or less and 1,000 under 30’s tickets at just £30 




  • Two innovative new productions lead the 2013 Festival as Glyndebourne stages its first Rameau, Hippolyte et Aricie, and Vladimir Jurowski conducts his first fully-staged Strauss opera, Ariadne auf Naxos;
  • Glyndebourne reinforces its reputation as a digital pioneer with all six Festival operas streamed online and in cinemas for the first time in its history;
  • In 2013 Glyndebourne will engage with more people than ever before thanks to a new ticket pricing structure that sees one third of all Glyndebourne Festival tickets priced at £100 or less.

Public booking for the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival opens on March 18 and sees Glyndebourne reinforce its reputation as a digital pioneer as it celebrates its 79th Festival on stage, on screen and online. For the first time in Glyndebourne’s history all six operas will be broadcast in cinemas and online through a combination of live and recorded live transmissions. This comprehensive digital programme plays a vital role in ensuring audiences have more opportunity to experience Glyndebourne’s work than ever before.

The 2013 season includes new productions of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (in his final year as Music Director) and directed by Katharina Thoma who makes her UK and Glyndebourne debut. Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, is the second new production of the season and reunites the celebrated artistic team of William Christie, Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown. 

The Festival presents four acclaimed revivals including Richard Jones’s 2009 production of Verdi’s Falstaff and Michael Grandage’s debut operatic production of Britten’s Billy Budd, celebrating the centenaries of these two prolific operatic composers. Don Pasquale returns to the Festival repertoire with Danielle de Niese continuing her exploration of Donizetti as she performs the role of Norina and Michael Grandage’s 2012 Festival production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro returns with a new cast and conductor Jérémie Rhorer making his UK operatic debut.

The 2013 Festival sees Glyndebourne commit to one third of Festival tickets at £100 or less and standing tickets priced at just £15. In 2013 an enhanced package for Glyndebourne’s under 30’s audience was unveiled with the scheme designed to support the next generation of opera lovers, offering over 1,000 Festival tickets at just £30. The under 30’s scheme offers an exclusive priority booking period (18 – 25 March) when subscribers can purchase advance tickets for Glyndebourne cinema screenings at Picturehouse cinemas. Up to 100 UK cinemas will broadcast operas from the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival widening accessibility to opera and creating multi-platform access points for the art form.

Audiences can watch each of the six Festival productions for free via or from June – August 2013. Glyndebourne seeks to share its work with as many people as possible and broadcasts have been an essential element of the Glyndebourne experience since the 1930s when the BBC first aired Glyndebourne operas, in 2007 Glyndebourne became the first opera house in the UK to screen performances in cinemas.


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