Fast Facts

  • Location: Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK
  • Significance: Opera Festival
  • Attraction Type: Opera, Music, East Sussex sightseeing
  • How to Reach: Reach Lewes from London Gatwick Airport by train. There are direct trains every half hour from London Victoria Terminus to Lewes, you can check the show timings at the station. It takes about 10 pounds to reach the spot by a taxi from the Lewes train station. You can also take coaches or the chartered festival coaches from Lewes station. It takes about two and a half hours to reach Glyndebourne from London by car.
  • Nearest Airport: London Gatwick Airport

It is believed that nobody produces Mozart’s operas with as much perfection and beauty in the 20th century as they do it in Glyndebourne. Located in East Sussex, England, the Glyndebourne Festival is a grand opera event held over a period of three and a half months with near about a hundred productions, and still, Mozart dominates the list. Even this year, in 2009, the Glyndebourne is going to present among others, a production of Mozart’s classic ‘Marriage of Figaro’.

History of the Glyndebourne Festival

The Glyndebourne Festival was founded by the Christie family in 1934 and has continued uninterrupted ever since, except for one year, in 1993, when the theater was closed down for renovation. Right from the early days, Glyndebourne made a name for itself in the production of Mozart’s operas. Many of them have turned into classics and are still circulated in video prints. Gradually, the company also started to include Handel, Janacek, Dvorak and Wagner within its repertoire. It also staged a production of American George Gershwin’s immensely popular ‘Porgy and Bess’ in the 1980s, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Glyndebourne Festival 2009

Glyndebourne Festival 2009 is a celebration of the theater’s 75th anniversary. So, it is only expected that the festivities will be a note higher than usual. The festival will start on May 21 and will continue till August 30. A number of excellent opera performances stay in waiting for the audience. Some of the highlights would be Wagner’s classic ‘Tristan and Isolde’, a production that has already attracted rave reviews in the media. The true Italian operatic flavor can be found in L’elisir more. Other productions would include Dvorak’s Rusalka, David McVicar’s Giulio Cesare celebrating the composer’s 250th anniversary and Purcell’s ‘The Fairy Queen’, a festive reconstruction of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. ‘Falstaff’, a brand new production is expected to attract adulation, with British baritone Christopher Purves in the title role.

Accommodation for Glyndebourne Festival

Combine your visit to the Glyndebourne Festival with the tour to the picturesque East Sussex region. You will find a large number of hotels and B&Bs in the county. Some of the popular ones are Bo-Peep Farmhouse and Friars in Alciston, Wingrove House, Star inn and April Cottage in Alfriston, Alvia Hotel and Grand Hotel in Brighton, Netherwood Lodge in Chiddingly and many more.

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