Glyndebourne Festival Cancels Tour

By Francisco Salazar

The Glyndebourne Festival has canceled its United Kingdom tour.

The festival also announced that ticket holders will be contacted and that it will continue to offer free world-class opera online throughout the summer.

“Unfortunately the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 has forced us to cancel our visits to our touring venues this year,” director Stephen Langridge said in a press release. “To take Glyndebourne productions on tour requires months of planning and rehearsal. This week we reached a vital decision point and, with no clear guidance on when theatres may reopen or when social distancing measures will be removed, have had to accept that there are too many unknowns for us to continue with our plan to bring opera to Liverpool, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Milton Keynes this autumn. We have to place the safety of our audiences and artists first.”

This is the latest cancellation out of the United Kingdom, which has already seen the Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera cancel their fall seasons.