80th Anniversary History Talk

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8 June, 27 July, 17 August

Sunday 8 June, Ebert 
2.05pm - 2.50pm - 45 minutes
(prior to evening production of Der Rosenkavalier)
Speaker: Julia Aries, Glyndebourne Archivist 

Julia will explore Festival founder John Christie's background and influences; how he met his future wife Audrey Mildmay, the challenging early years of the Festival and post-war activities up to the 1950s.

Today's talk will also look at the history of Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne and its significance as Carl Ebert's farewell production.

Sunday 27 July, Ebert Room
3.20pm - 4.05pm - 45 minutes
(prior to evening production of La Traviata)

Julia will explore Festival founder John Christie's background and influences; how he met his future wife Audrey Mildmay, the challenging early years of the Festival and post-war activities up to the 1950s.

Today's talk will also look at John Christie's experiences in the trenches as an acknowledgement of the WWI centenary in August. 

Julia Aries, Glyndebourne Archivist

Julia has held the post of Archivist at Glyndebourne since 1998. She received her BA(Hons) from the University of Brighton in History of Design, during which time she also worked as a volunteer in the archive at Glyndebourne. She has a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from the University of Liverpool, and  is a member of the Archives and Records Association and the Association of Performing Arts Collections.

Sunday 17 August, Auditorium
Start time 2.15pm (prior to evening production of Rinaldo)
As a special anniversary celebration in our 80th year, join Glyndebourne faces past and present - both from the stage and behind the scenes - as they share their memories from eight decades of exceptional opera.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman will host John Cox, previous Glyndebourne Director of Productions; Felicity Lott, acclaimed soprano and Sarah Crompton, Arts Editor of the Telegraph.

£9 per person - Tickets to talks can only purchased by ticket holders for the evening's opera performance on that date.

John CoxJohn Cox: Appointed Director of Productions at Glyndebourne in 1971, his many acclaimed productions included works by Rossini, Mozart, Haydn, and a notable cycle of Strauss operas, including Ariadne auf Naxos, Arabella, Capriccio and Intermezzo. He was appointed General Administrator of Scottish Opera from 1981 to 1984 and Artistic Director from 1985 to 1986 and since then has directed in opera houses worldwide.

Felicity LottFelicity Lott: Acclaimed soprano who has appeared at Glyndebourne more than 20 times. Debuting as the Countess in Capriccio in the 1976 Tour, her last appearance was as Lady Billows in the 2002 Festival production of Albert Herring. Felicity Lott has received many honorary doctorates including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama the Sorbonne in Paris. and has been elected to the French Legion of Honor and made a DBE in 1996.

Visit our Glyndebourne timeline for a tour through the decades.

Dates & Times - 80th Anniversary History Talk

Pre Performance Talk Date Talk Starts Talk Finishes Price
80th Anniversary History Talk Sunday 27 July 2014 3:20pm 4:05pm £9.00 Book Now
80th Anniversary History Talk Sunday 17 August 2014 2:15pm 3:00pm £9.00 Book Now

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