What is the Glyndebourne Festival?

Carmen. 2008 Festival. Photo: Mike Hoban













The focus of our work each year is the Festival. Running from May to August, it offers a programme of six operas. Around 76 performances attract a total audience of over 85,000.

The first Festival was much more modest a two-week season of The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte. We've been strongly associated with Mozart ever since. In the 1940s we premiered The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring, beginning an association with Benjamin Britten that continues to this day. More recently the new opera house has proved an ideal home for our growing baroque repertoire.
As these associations suggest, the scope of the Festival is broad. It has presented works by a wide range of composers including Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Strauss, Stravinsky, Verdi and Wagner.

Today we have two resident orchestras: the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Although the Festival runs only through the summer, the opera house is busy year-round. At the end of the summer it hosts the opening weeks of the Tour, providing a less-formal alternative to the Festival at lower ticket prices. And through the rest of the year it is used for education projects, concerts, rehearsals and scenery fit-ups.

Glyndebourne Myths

“You have to be a member to get tickets”

Members do get priority booking. But anyone can book tickets online or by calling the box office.

Why is there a time limit?

Due to demand from other customers seats are reserved for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to allow you to complete your purchase. If the order has not been completed within this time, all seats will be removed from your basket.