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Glyndebourne: behind the scenes

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Neil Fisher, deputy arts editor, The Times 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, hear from Gus Christie, executive chairman of Glyndebourne and opera soprano Danielle de Niese who give 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 is also joined by artistic director Stephen Langridge and director Melly Still who discuss the Festival 2022 line-up of six productions including a highly-anticipated new production of The Wreckers.

The event finishes up with a musical performance by soprano Rowan Pierce who will perform 'Barbara io ben lo so' from Handel's Alcina and 'Deh vieni' from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.

Our goal is to help to keep subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times informed and entertained during this period and beyond through our series of live-streamed events.

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

Please note that the priority booking window for Times+ members closes at 2 pm (14:00) on Sunday, March 6, 2022. This has changed from the original time of 6 pm (18:00) so please be aware to book your tickets before 2 pm (14:00) as this is when the priority window for Times+ members closes.