What is the Glyndebourne Tour?

Hansel und Gretel, Tour 2008, Photo Mike Hoban

We're passionate about opera, and want to share that passion. So outreach to new audiences has been part of our mission for over 40 years.

Our founder's son, George Christie, began sending out Festival productions to tour the UK in 1968. As well as bringing opera to a wider audience, these productions created performing opportunities for young singers by giving key parts to members of the Chorus.

Today the Tour opens at Glyndebourne in October, followed by week-long visits to Woking, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent. Supported by Arts Council England, it brings three operas to around 55,000 people each year along with a full programme of linked educational activities for local primary and secondary schools.

The Tour has a remarkable record of launching the careers of young artists including Roberto Alagna, Edward Gardner, Gerald Finley, Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman and Willard White.

Its repertoire is not confined to the predictable and safe. The Tour has a policy of commissioning new work and presenting contemporary operas. New works have included Nigel Osborne's The Electrification of the Soviet Union and Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! UK premieres have included Song of Love and Death, two operas by Harrison Birtwistle and Jonathan Dove's Flight.

Glyndebourne myths

"It’s strictly for toffs in tuxedos” 

For the Festival, evening dress is customary (though not mandatory). If that’s not your style, why not come to a Tour production here and enjoy the full Glyndebourne experience with a casual dress code?

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.