The Glyndebourne Festival

Opera in the Country

UK
Monday 5 - Friday 9 August 2024 (5 Days)

Price

£3,145
FULL

Enjoy Glyndebourne’s unique Opera Festival

Operas will include Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Bizet’s Carmen & Handel’s Giulio Cesare

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

Seated restaurant dinner with wine at Glyndebourne on each opera evening

Elegant 4* hotel in Eastbourne with magnificent views

Tour Overview

Glyndebourne is synonymous with all that represents excellence in the musical traditions of Great Britain. Year after year, this remarkable festival presents five or 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 as we have secured tickets for three operas from the second half of the 2024 season – Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Bizet’s Carmen & Handel’s Giulio Cesare, 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.

Richard Wagner’s masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde conducted by Robin Ticciati will see the return of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s highly regarded production, surely a highlight of the coming season? Tristan will be sung by Stuart Skelton and Isolde by Miina-Liisa Varela.  

In complete contrast Georges Bizet’s Carmen will be staged in a new production by the celebrated Broadway director, Diane Paulus. An opera which needs little or no introduction, the sizzling and explosive drama, conducted by Anja Bihlmaier  will have a wonderful, youthful cast with Carmen sung by Aigul Akhmetshina, Don Jose by Evan Leroy Johnson and Escamillo by Lukasz Golinski.

Finally, Handel’s Giulio Cesare has long been one of the great favourites of this festival, none more so than in David McVicar’s retelling of the love affair between Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra. This is one of Handel’s finest creations, fizzing with energy and with wonderful arias capturing the ebb and flow of passion between the principals. Giulio Cesare will be sung by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Cleopatra by Louise Adler and Laurence Cummings will conduct The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Supporting the opera programme, Professor Peter Hill will join us once again 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, Parma and in recent years at Glyndebourne, and his contribution will enhance everyone’s enjoyment.

For this gently paced visit, we have decided to change hotel in 2024 and we shall be based in Eastbourne, staying at the 4* Hydro Hotel.

Day by day

Day 1: Monday 5 August
Participants can arrive at our hotel, the 4* Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne, from 3.00 pm onwards. We meet for drinks and our first group dinner in the hotel - wine, water & coffee are included with all group lunches and dinners.
Day 2: Tuesday 6 August
After breakfast we meet in the hotel’s Garden Suite when Professor Peter Hill will give the first of his three morning Seminar/Lectures, using 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.  This morning Peter will introduce tonight’s opera, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. We have a light buffet lunch and mid-afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne where we have a group dinner during the interval. Tristan will see the return of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s highly regarded production, surely a highlight of the coming season? Tristan will be sung by Stuart Skelton and Isolde by Miina-Liisa Varela and it will be conducted by Robin Ticciati.
Day 3: Wednesday 7 August
This morning Peter will introduce Bizet’s Carmen. We have a light buffet lunch and mid-afternoon travel by coach to Glyndebourne to see this new production by the celebrated Broadway director, Diane Paulus. An opera which needs little or no introduction, the sizzling and explosive drama, conducted by Anja Bihlmaier will have a wonderful, youthful cast with Carmen sung by Aigul Akhmetshina, Don Jose by Evan Leroy Johnson and Escamillo by Lukasz Golinski. There will be a group dinner during the interval.
Day 4: Thursday 8 August
We meet after breakfast when Peter Hill will introduce Handel’s Giulio Cesare. We have a light buffet lunch and mid-afternoon travel by coach to Glyndebourne to see this wonderful opera, long one of the great favourites of this festival, none more so than in David McVicar’s retelling of the love affair between Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra. One of Handel’s finest creations, fizzing with energy, it has wonderful arias capturing the ebb and flow of passion between the principals. Giulio Cesare will be sung by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Cleopatra by Louise Adler and Laurence Cummings will conduct The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. There will be a group dinner during the interval.
Day 5: Friday 9 August
After a leisurely breakfast the group disperses.

The Operas:

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.

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

Practicalities

  • Price: £3,145 per person
  • Deposit: £850
  • Single Supplement: £130 (Double Room for Sole Use)
  • Tour Manager: Tom Duncan

Hotel Details

4 nights with breakfast at 4* Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne

Price includes

3 Top Tier Opera Tickets, 4 dinners & 3 buffet lunches with wine, water & coffee (nb. all meals included), all local transfers, entry fees & gratuities, services of Tom Duncan & Peter Hill

Not included

Travel to/from Eastbourne

Weather

Current Conditions

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

Fitness levels

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

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