Glyndebourne Opera

Rusalka - February 2014
Rusalka - February 2014

Glyndebourne opera festival is one of the UK’s most prestigious. George Christie and his wife Audrey Mildway founded the festival in 1934. First held in Glyndebourne House, the festival became so popular that by the late 1980s a decision was made to build a completely new theatre to increase the seating capacity and provide better facilities. The new opera house was opened in 1994 on the day of 60th anniversary of the festival’s inaugural performance. The first opera to be staged here was Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, a composer who has been largely represented at this festival. Other operas have, however, been given prominence and the 2019 programme will include Dvorak’s Rusalka, based on a Slavic fairy tale and one of the most performed operas in the Czech language. The tradition of wearing evening dress during the Glyndebourne Festival originated with the founders and it continues to be customary today.

  • Tickets to an opera, Rusalka
  • Go behind-the-scenes
  • Experience a private reception and dinner at the opera house
  • Get to know a member of the performing cast during a special personal encounter

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We will be welcomed at our hotel by our opera guide. After an introduction, we will transfer to Glyndebourne. Here we will have a private reception before attending tonight’s performance of Rusalka. During the interval, we will enjoy our dinner at the restaurant before continuing with the second half of the opera. Another private reception will follow the performance, during which we will have the privileged opportunity to meet members of the cast.

Performance: Rusalka
Hotel: East Sussex National In Uckfield
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

This morning we have breakfast at our hotel and then the tour comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  5. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  6. Hotels
  7. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the program. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 29th June - Sun 30th June



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sgl supp: $180


Led By: Henrietta Bredin

Guide Lecturer

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