Glyndebourne Rebounds from Funding Cuts with New Autumn Programming

By Logan Martell

Glyndebourne has announced new autumn programming, designed to help audiences stay engaged while introducing new ones to the art form.

The move comes as a response to the recent cancellation of its annual tour, following a cut to its funding from the Arts Council England. The program will start in September with two family-friendly “open days” of activities, tours, and demonstrations in and around the opera house.

In November, Glyndebourne will showcase rising artists from initiatives such as Glyndebourne Youth Opera, the Jerwood Young Artist program, and Glyndebourne Academy. Their mainstage performances will have “Don Giovanni” and “L’elisir d’amore,” as well as performances of Haydn’s “The Creation,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and the annual Glyndebourne Christmas Concert. Christmastime will also see the return of The One Voice Festival which gives local schoolchildren the chance to sing on stage with the company chorus and orchestra.

‘After the disappointment of having to cancel our tour this year, we turned our attention to devising a new plan for the autumn that would ensure we continue to deliver on our commitments to nurturing new talent and encouraging new audiences,” says Artistic Director Stephen Langridge in an official press release.

“Full-scale opera and concert performance are vital for talent development on stage and in the orchestra pit so there was no question that those would continue. This is good news for audiences, with nearly 30,000 tickets available to see world-class opera and music at affordable prices. Our other priority was to keep offering opportunities for close encounters with Glyndebourne artists and ensembles, both inside and outside the opera house. Our connection with communities will be stronger than ever this autumn with singing workshops in schools, music recitals in local care homes, family-friendly open days and an invitation for audiences to sing with the Glyndebourne Chorus in a participatory ‘Messiah’ masterclass.”