Glyndebourne: Behind the scenes

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Join Neil Fisher, deputy arts editor, The Times on the evening of Thursday, March 3 as he goes behind the scenes at Glyndebourne, the award-winning opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

Glyndebourne began with a love story when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay - and together they founded the Glyndebourne Festival in 1934.

The Glyndebourne Festival - a flagship season of world-class opera performed in a state-of-the-art indoor auditorium. This year it runs from Saturday, May 21 through to Sunday, August 28. The Festival has a tradition of formal dress, and audience members relish the opportunity to dress up for a day. During the interval, a picnic in the gardens can be enjoyed, or a dining experience at one of the on-site restaurants.

During this exclusive event, you will hear from Gus Christie, executive chairman of Glyndebourne and opera soprano Danielle de Niese who will be giving an introduction to the Glyndebourne, its history and heritage as one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, a reputation that stems from a passion for artistic excellence.

Neil Fisher will also be joined by artistic director Stephen Langridge and director Melly Still to discuss the Festival 2022 line-up of six productions including a highly-anticipated new production of The Wreckers.

The event will finish up with a musical performance from this year’s season. 

Times+ priority booking: Glyndebourne Festival 2022

Secure tickets to the Glyndebourne Festival ahead of the general public, with priority booking for Times+ members opening on Friday, March 4 at 12.01 am. This allows you to secure tickets before public booking opens on Sunday, March 6. 

More information can be found at glyndebourne.com

To register for tickets, click on 'register online' in the information box. Please note, you will need to be logged in to see the booking button.

The event will be hosted online and there is no charge to attend. Please register online to confirm your attendance and once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details. Our virtual event provider, Market Partner, will email you one hour before the event with a unique link at the email address you used to register for your place, and will let us know that you've attended.

Photographs © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photos, Sam Stephenson and James Bellorini.