Is Glyndebourne Festival Opera taking place in 2021?

Glyndebourne's summer opera series is a British musical institution, but last year it was forced to take place outdoors with social distancing. Is this year's festival still scheduled to go ahead?

Is Glyndebourne Festival Opera taking place in 2021?

Glyndebourne is an opera house based in East Sussex, which hosts one of the UK’s most popular opera summer festivals every year, as well as an annual autumn tour around the country. You can also watch Glyndebourne performances at the cinema, thanks to its three live broadcasts a year, streamed to cinemas across the UK.

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When is this year’s Glyndebourne Summer Festival?

The scheduled dates for this year’s Glyndebourne Festival are 20 May-29 August 2021.

Unfortunately, Glyndebourne’s annual autumn tour around the UK was forced to be cancelled due to the pandemic. This followed the opera house’s slightly adjusted summer programme, with performances taking place outside and social distancing measures carried out both on and offstage.

Will this year’s Glyndebourne summer programme go ahead?

Glyndebourne is hoping that this year’s festival will go ahead as usual, running from May to August. ‘Despite the current lockdown, we’re choosing to be optimistic that Festival 2021 will go ahead in its full format but we will have to wait until we have confirmation that this is possible before going on sale,’ writes the Glyndebourne team on its website.

How do you buy tickets for Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2021?

Priority booking for Glyndebourne Festival Society Members opens on Sunday 14 March at 10am, to Associate Members on Sunday 28 March at 10am and to Fortissimo Members on Wednesday 31 March at 10am. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the public in April.

Which operas are scheduled for Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2021?

The provisional festival schedule has been announced for this year’s season, but it is subject to change, depending on government guidance.

Although a performance of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte was initially scheduled, this is no longer able to take place so Glyndebourne’s resident orchestras – the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – will perform a series of specially curated concerts, curated by music director Robin Ticciati.

May

Thursday 20 May – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Saturday 22 May – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Sunday 23 May – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Tuesday 25 May – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Wednesday 26 May – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Thursday 27 May – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Friday 28 May – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Saturday 29 May – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Sunday 30 May – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)

June

Wednesday 2 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Thursday 3 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Friday 4 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Saturday 5 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Sunday 6 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Tuesday 8 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Wednesday 9 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Thursday 10 June – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Friday 11 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Saturday 12 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Sunday 13 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Tuesday 15 June – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Wednesday 16 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Thursday 17 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Friday 18 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Saturday 19 June – Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček)
Sunday 20 June – Il turco in Italia (Rossini)

July

Friday 2 July – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sunday 4 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Tuesday 6 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Friday 9 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Sunday 11 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Wednesday 14 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Sunday 18 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Thursday 22 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Sunday 25 July – Così fan tutte (Mozart)

August

Sunday 1 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Wednesday 4 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Thursday 5 August – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Saturday 7 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Sunday 8 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Tuesday 10 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Wednesday 11 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Friday 13 August – Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) (semi-staged)
Saturday 14 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Sunday 15 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Monday 16 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Tuesday 17 August – Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) (semi-staged)
Wednesday 18 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Thursday 19 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Friday 20 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Saturday 21 August – Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) (semi-staged)
Sunday 22 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Monday 23 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Tuesday 24 August – Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) (semi-staged)
Wednesday 25 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Thursday 26 August – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Friday 27 August – Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Saturday 28 August – Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) (semi-staged)
Sunday 29 August – Luisa Miller (Verdi)
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