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?
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.
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.
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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.
Tuesday 15 June – London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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