Discover Glyndebourne’s unique Opera Festival
Operas will include Mozart’s Così fan tutte & Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Each opera introduced by expert lecturer & noted recitalist, Peter Hill
Seated restaurant dinner included at Glyndebourne on opera evenings
We visit Brighton’s Royal Pavilion to see the newly restored interiors
Historic hotel in lovely Sussex countryside
Glyndebourne is synonymous with all that represents excellence in the musical traditions of Great Britain. Year after year, this remarkable festival usually presents six operas during the summer months. Its reputation undoubted, it continues both to enthral and to challenge in equal measure. Given the difficulties of this last year, the company has just announced its revised plans for a shortened 2021 season. We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to enjoy this unique Festival as we have been able to secure tickets for two operas from the second half of the 2021 season – Mozart’s Così fan tutte & Verdi’s Luisa Miller, to include each evening a seated interval dinner with wine. Our seats will be within the Stalls, Foyer Circle and Circle areas, offering excellent sight of the stage.
Mozart has always been the most performed composer at Glyndebourne and we shall include Nicholas Hytner’s highly regarded 2006 production of Così fan tutte, conducted by Riccardo Minasi. While “all’s fair in love and war”, what happens when love becomes the battleground? This sophisticated comedy, underpinned with darker undertones, is a perennial favourite.
Luisa Miller marks the emergence of Verdi from his ‘years in the galley’ to full maturity. In its first ever production at Glyndebourne, this intimate domestic drama, rich in human detail and emotion, shares many of the same themes that will later feature in Rigoletto and La traviata. Musically it is an amazing ‘ensemble’ piece. Christof Loy will direct while Enrique Mazzola will be the conductor.
Supporting the opera programme, Professor Peter Hill will join us when he gives a series of morning lecture/seminars on each of the opera days, supported by piano accompaniment when the opera of the evening will be analysed and discussed. He has led opera tours for us to Dresden, Leipzig and Parm,a and his contribution will surely enhance everyone’s enjoyment. We shall ensure that there is plenty of time to relax each afternoon before setting out for Glyndebourne.
We have a non-opera day when we take the opportunity to discover the restored splendour of the Prince Regent’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton, to coincide with HM the Queen’s return loan of many of the original contents. Later that day we visit the remarkable gardens at Marchant’s Hardy Plants, close to our hotel.
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: Sunday 8 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: Monday 9 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. As that wing of the palace is now under restoration, HM the Queen has lent back to the Pavilion temporarily many of these treasures and we shall visit to see these remarkable objects in situ. There will be free time in Brighton to explore and have lunch, not included. On the way back to the hotel we shall visit the wonderful gardens at Marchants Hardy Plants, one of the UK’s leading private nurseries, where the owners have created a ‘reference’ garden of outstanding beauty, particularly good in late summer, to which we shall be introduced. We return to the hotel and there will a group dinner later that evening.
- Day 3: Tuesday 10 August
- After breakfast Tom Duncan will lead the group as we 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. He was an architect and in the reconstruction he incorporated 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 Robert Adam.
- After coffee, Professor Peter Hill will give the first of his morning Seminar/Lectures, introducing each opera, relating them to the wider development of the relevant composer, in this morning’s case, Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Each day he will use the piano to support his analysis. 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 to see include Nicholas Hytner’s highly regarded 2006 production of Così fan tutte, conducted by Riccardo Minasi. Fiordiligi will be sung by Ida Falk Winland, Dorabella by Stephanie Lauricella, Ferrando by Alexey Neklyudov, Guglielmo by Huw Montague Rendall, Despina by Hera Hyesang Park and Don Alfonso by Alessandro Corbelli. We have a group dinner during the interval.
- Day 4: Wednesday 11 August
- Mid morning Peter Hill will give the second of his Lecture/Seminars when he introduces Verdi’s Luisa Miller. We have a light buffet lunch and mid afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne for our second opera in its first ever production at Glyndebourne: Luisa Miller. This intimate domestic drama, rich in human detail and emotion is an amazing ‘ensemble’ piece. Christof Loy will direct while Enrique Mazzola will be the conductor. Luisa will be sung by Mané Galoyan, Miller by Vladislave Sulimsky, Count Walter by Evgeny Stavinsky and Rodolfo by Charles Castronovo. We have a group dinner during the interval.
- Day 5: Thursday 12 August
- After a leisurely breakfast the group disperses.
Please note - We are required to purchase all the opera tickets in advance and in the event of you having to cancel this would be non-refundable, unless we were able to re-sell the relevant ticket.
- Price: £2,495 per person
- Deposit: £600
- Single Supplement: £175 (Double Room for Sole Use)
- Tour Manager: Tom Duncan
4 nights with breakfast at 4* Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield
2 Top Tier Opera Tickets, 4 dinners & 2 buffet lunches with wine, water & coffee, all local transfers, entry fees & gratuities, services of Tom Duncan & Peter Hill
Travel to/from Uckfield, 1 lunch
Weather Conditions for Sussex in August are:
Average Temperature between: 13oC - 21oC / 55oF - 70oF
Rainfall: 59mm / 2.3 inches
Please note that the tour price includes tickets for two Operas. We are required to purchase all the opera tickets in advance and in the event of you having to cancel this would be non-refundable, unless we were able to re-sell the relevant ticket.
We do expect a reasonable level of fitness. For full details see our frequently asked questions.