1. Saul

2.   Butterfly

3.  Hansel


Glyndebourne on Tour

1.   Touring production of Handel's 'Saul'.

Date: 2015
Photographer: ©Clive Barda

2.   Matteo Lippi as Pinkerton and Alun Rhys-Jenkins as Goro in 'Madama Butterfly'.

Date: 2016
Photographer: ©Clive Barda

3.   Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel.  The 2013 Touring version.

Date: 2013


The first Glyndebourne Festival was in 1934.  In the early years of l the house presented numerous works from Mozart’s extensive repertoire before gradually expanding to include works by other composers such as Benjamin Britten, with whom Glyndebourne has enjoyed long association, as well as Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini and many others.

Originally the theatre was built to seat 300. It was enlarged and improved many times in subsequent years to hold larger audiences; such was the demand for opera at Glyndebourne. By 1977, it held 850 people. By the 1990s it was clear that Glyndebourne needed an even larger auditorium so in 1994 a new opera house was built to seat 1,200, opening with a performance of Mozart’s 'Le nozze di Figaro'

Glyndebourne Tour was founded in 1968 to enable the company to take operatic productions around the country, making opera more accessible to people all over the UK. ach new audiences.

The inaugural tour, visited Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Oxford. The reasons for the formation of a touring company were twofold: to make the work of the Glyndebourne Festival accessible to audiences throughout the country, and to give performing opportunities to young and promising singers.

From the beginning Glyndebourne has not been interested in names as such, but it has been successful in spotting and nurturing great artists at the beginning of their careers. Thomas Allen, Gerald Finley, Alison Hagley, Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Valerie Masterson, Rosalind Plowright, John Rawnsley, Amanda Roocroft, Richard Van Allan, Lillian Watson and Willard White are among the many singers with international careers who began with Glyndebourne Tour.

[Text based on information on the Glyndebourne website and other information in the public domain.]