The Glyndebourne Festival

Opera in the Country

Glyndebourne
UK
Sunday 8 - Thursday 12 August 2021 (5 Days)

Price

£TBC
Places

Discover Glyndebourne’s unique Opera Festival

Operas will include Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Wagner’s Tristan und Islode & Verdi’s Luisa Miller

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

Seated restaurant dinner included at Glyndebourne on opera evenings

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 2021 season – Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Wagner’s Tristan und Islode & 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 Cosi 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.

"I am still looking for a work with as dangerous a fascination, with as terrible and sweet an infinity as Tristan" Nietzsche wrote about Wagner’s exploration of tragic love, Tristan und Isolde. Robin Ticciati will conduct this revival of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s acclaimed 2003 production and Simon O’Neill will sing Tristan with Miina-Liisa Värelä as Isolde.

Luisa Miller marks the emergence of Verdi from his ‘years in the galley’ to 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 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 three 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 Parma 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.

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 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 three 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 Cosi 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 3: Tuesday 10 August
After breakfast Peter Hill will give the second of his Lecture/Seminars when he introduces Wanger’s Tristan und Isolde. We have an early light buffet lunch and travel to Glyndebourne for our second opera, Tristan und Isolde. Robin Ticciati will conduct this revival of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s acclaimed 2003 production. Simon O’Neill will sing Tristan, Miina-Liisa Värelä Isolde, Karen Cargill Brangäne and Shenyang Kurwenal.  We have a group dinner during the interval.
Day 4: Wednesday 11 August
Mid morning Peter Hill will give the third 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 final opera n 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.

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 in addition. As we are required to purchase all the opera tickets in advance you are asked to provide an additional deposit per person 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: £TBC per person
  • Single Supplement: £ (Double Room for Sole Use)
  • Tour Manager: Tom Duncan

Hotel Details

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

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 in addition. As we are required to purchase all the opera tickets in advance you are asked to provide an additional deposit 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.

Fitness levels

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

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