The Glyndebourne Festival

Opera in the Country

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Glyndebourne
UK
Monday 3 - Friday 7 August 2020 (5 Days)

Price

£2,395
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Discover Glyndebourne’s unique Opera Festival

Operas will include: Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Handel’s Alcina

Each opera introduced by expert lecturer & noted recitalist, Peter Hill

We visit the Royal Pavilion in Brighton to see the newly returned treasures lent by HM the Queen in their original settings

Historic hotel in lovely Sussex countryside

Tour Overview

Glyndebourne is synonymous with all that represents excellence in the musical traditions of Great Britain. Year after year, this remarkable festival presents six operas during the summer months.  Its reputation undoubted, it continues both to enthral and to challenge in equal measure. We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to enjoy this unique Festival, choosing two or three of the following operas from the second half of the 2020 season – Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail & Handel’s Alcina, to include each evening a seated interval dinner with wine. Our seats will be within the Stalls areas offering excellent sight of the stage.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770 and to celebrate this occasion Fidelio will be directed by the up-and-coming young British director, Frederic Wake-Walker, and conducted by Robin Ticciati. It will be the first new production of the opera at Glyndebourne in nearly twenty years.  Mozart has always been the most performed composer at Glyndebourne and we shall include David McVicar’s insightful production of Mozart’s landmark work Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Inspired by the eighteenth century’s fascination with the exoticism of the Ottoman court, it is a witty and light-hearted work without the darkness of his later operas.  Glyndebourne has consistently surprised and delighted audiences with its fresh take on works by Handel. The company is building on that record with the first major new UK production of Alcina for over 20 years.  Set in a world of enchantment and magic, the opera calls for lavish stage effects, promising a visual spectacle.

Supporting the opera programme, Professor Peter Hill will join us when he gives a series of morning lecture/seminars with piano accompaniment on the three operas. He has led opera tours for us to Dresden, Leipzig and Parma and his contribution will surely enhance everyone’s enjoyment.

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton was the most spectacular of George IV’s many extravagant building projects. All the fixtures and original contents were removed to Buckingham Palace by Queen Victoria in 1847 where they were incorporated into the new East Wing, looking down the Mall. The Queen has lent back to the Pavilion for a short period many of these treasures and we shall see these remarkable objects returned to their settings.

For this gently paced visit, we shall stay at the comfortable 4* Buxted Park Hotel, close to Uckfield and the Ashdown Forest, just ten miles from Glyndebourne. Set amidst 300 acres of parkland the present house is a Palladian mansion built in 1722, with subsequent alterations and additions after it was badly damaged by fire in 1940.  Restored by Mr and Mrs Basil Ionides, it incorporates a great many elements from recently demolished town and country houses, including, for example, a stunning staircase designed by Lord Burlington, sections of Chesterfield House in London and handsome elements sourced from houses by designed by Robert Adam.

Day by day

Day 1: Monday 3 August
Participants should arrive at our hotel, the 4* Buxted Park from 3.00 pm onwards. We have our first group dinner in the hotel - wine, water & coffee are included with all group lunches and dinners.
Day 2: Tuesday 4 August
After breakfast Professor Peter Hill will give the first of his Seminar/Lectures, introducing each opera, relating them to the wider development of the relevant composer, using the piano to support his analysis.  We begin with Mozart and his early opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  After a break for coffee, Peter will continue with a lecture on Beethoven and his only opera, Fidelio. Peter is a distinguished lecturer and keyboard recitalist, known for his acclaimed recordings of Bach for Delphian, including the Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations and French Suites. He has also recorded Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and is a noted interpreter of the piano music of Messiaen. We have a light buffet lunch and mid afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770 and to celebrate this occasion Fidelio will be directed by the up-and-coming young British director Frederic Wake-Walker and conducted by Robin Ticciati. It will be the first new production of the opera at Glyndebourne in nearly twenty years.  We have a group dinner during the interval in the Middle & Over Wallop Restaurant.
Day 3: Wednesday 5 August
After breakfast we travel by coach into Brighton to visit The Royal Pavilion. The most spectacular of George IV’s many extravagant building projects, all the fixtures and original contents were removed to Buckingham Palace by Queen Victoria in 1847 where they were incorporated into the new East Wing, looking down the Mall. The Queen has lent back to the Pavilion for a short period many of these treasures and we shall visit to see these remarkable objects in situ. We return to the hotel for a light buffet lunch and mid-afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne for our second opera. Mozart has always been the most performed composer at Glyndebourne and tonight we shall see David McVicar’s insightful production of Mozart’s landmark work Die Entführung aus dem Serail. We have a group dinner during the long interval in the Mildmay Restaurant.
Day 4: Thursday 6 August
After breakfast, Tom Duncan will explore our hotel, Buxted Park. Medieval in origin, the present house is a Palladian mansion built in 1722 with subsequent alterations and additions.  Badly damaged by fire in the mid twentieth century, it was restored by the immensely rich Mr and Mrs Basil Ionides. After coffee Peter Hill will give the third of his Lecture/Seminars when he introduces Handel’s Alcina. We have a light buffet lunch and mid afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne for our final opera. Handel has always been a favourite of Glyndebourne’s and in 2020 the first major new UK production of Alcina for over 20 years will be staged. Set in a world of enchantment and magic, the opera calls for lavish stage effects, promising a visual spectacle. Taking the title role will be Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, with Armenian soprano Nina Minasyan as Morgana, Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany as Ruggiero and American contralto Avery Amereau as Bradamante. We have a group dinner during the interval in the Middle & Over Wallop Restaurant.
Day 5: Friday 7 August
After a leisurely breakfast the group disperses.

The Operas:

Please note that the tour price includes tickets for two of the three Operas. If you would like to attend all three Operas, then the payment for the third Opera, which also includes dinner, will be an additional £320. As we are required to purchase all the opera tickets in December 2018 you are asked to provide an additional deposit of £240 per person (£720) if attending all three operas. In the event of you having to cancel this would also be non-refundable, unless we were able to re-sell the relevant ticket.

Relaxing and delighted to have two visits to Glyndebourne and explore the lovely countryside of West Sussex
Mrs A M, Cambridgeshire

Practicalities

  • Price: £2,395 per person
  • Deposit: £480
  • Single Supplement: £160 (Double Room for Sole Use)
  • Tour Manager: Tom Duncan

Hotel Details

4 nights with breakfast at 4* Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield

Room Upgrade

Individuals are in Classic Rooms - Single Supplement £200 for Executive Rooms & £325 for a Suite

Couples/Two sharing are in Executive Rooms – Upgrade to Suite £250

Price includes

2 Top Tier Opera Tickets, 3 dinners & 3 buffet lunches with wine, water & coffee, all local transfers, entry fees & gratuities, services of Tom Duncan & Peter Hill

Not included

Travel to/from Uckfield, 1 dinner & a ticket for a third opera

Weather

Current Conditions

Weather Conditions for Sussex in August are:
Average Temperature between: 13oC - 21oC / 55oF - 70oF
Rainfall: 59mm / 2.3 inches

Miscellaneous

Please note that the tour price includes tickets for two of the three Operas. If you would like to attend all three Operas, then the payment for the third Opera, which also includes dinner, will be an additional £320. As we are required to purchase all the opera tickets in December 2019 you are asked to provide an additional deposit of £240 per person if attending all three operas (£720). In the event of you having to cancel this would also be non-refundable, unless we were able to re-sell the relevant ticket.

Fitness levels

We do expect a reasonable level of fitness. For full details see our frequently asked questions.

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