Glyndebourne Festival Cancels May & June Performances, Delays Opening of 2020 Slate

By David Salazar

The Glyndebourne Festival has announced that it will postpone the opening of its 2020 festival.

Instead of opening on May 21, 2020, it will instead open on July 14, 2020. As such, any performances scheduled prior to July 14 will be canceled. The company noted that it will send out a revised schedule in coming days.

Productions that are likely to be most affected by this shift include “Dialogues des Carmélites” which was to open on May 21 and run through July 19, 2020; “L’Elisir d’Amore” which was scheduled for May 23-July 18; and “Alcina,” which was scheduled to run between June 13 – August 6, 2020.

“This has not been an easy decision to make, and we understand that these cancellations will come as hugely disappointing news to our audience and Company members,” the company noted in a public statement. “This will result in the loss of vital livelihood for many artists and seasonal staff. We are offering ticket holders the opportunity to donate the value of their tickets, in full or in part, to help support Glyndebourne and these crucial members of our family. As a financially independent charity that receives no public subsidy for the Festival, we rely on the income it generates and the generosity of individuals and companies to make our work possible.”