Glyndebourne Festival Announces July & August Concerts

By David Salazar

The Glyndebourne Festival has announced that despite having to cancel its original slate due to the spread of COVID-19, the organization would move forward with a series of open-air concerts and operas in July and August.

Starting in mid-July, audiences will get a chance to experience concerts featuring the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment while in August, the London Philharmonic will present a few shows.

The British company noted that as the season progresses it will present an opera in the open air for the first time.

At the start of the programming, only 200 tickets will be available every day with designated seats for households in order to maintain social distancing protocols.

“We are in our 85th year and, so this is not the first crisis we have faced. Things are not good for the theatre and classical music at the moment, and we have been working closely with our peers, and trying to support the artists, orchestras and freelance staff who rely on us for their living – enormously helped by the generosity of our members. Experiencing live music and theatre, together, in an inspiring environment is what Glyndebourne is all about,” Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director said in a press release. “We are fortunate in having plenty of outside space available to us, and with a little imagination, we can see exciting musical and theatrical opportunities for performance in the gardens. This mini-festival will be intimate, unusual and unforgettable. Some cause for celebration in these tough times.”