Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Glyndebourne Festival Opera är en operafestival som äger rum i Glyndebourne, en lantegendom utanför Lewes i East Sussex, England.
Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.
Under the supervision of the Christie family, the festival has been held annually since 1934, except in 1941–45 during World War II and 1993 when the theatre was being rebuilt, for a 1994 reopening. Gus Christie, son of Sir George Christie and grandson of festival founder John Christie, became festival chairman in 2000.
The primary resident orchestra for the Glyndebourne Festival is the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The festival’s associate orchestra is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In January 2014, Robin Ticciati became the seventh music director of the company.
David Pickard is the current general director of the festival. The festival operates without subsidy. Its first placement of advertisements was in 2003. The festival has planned to incorporate power by wind turbine, as part of its “green” initiatives.
Many Glyndebourne attendees come from London, and the event is regarded as part of the English summer season. Performances start in the afternoon, enabling Londoners to leave town after lunch, and finish in time for them to catch the last train back. A long interval allows opera-goers the opportunity for picnic dinners on the extensive lawns or in one of the restaurants in the grounds. Annually in London, the company presents an opera performance at The Proms.
- Fritz Busch (1934–1951)
- Vittorio Gui (1952–1963)
- John Pritchard (1964–1977)
- Bernard Haitink (1978–1988)
- Andrew Davis (1989–2000)
- Vladimir Jurowski (2001–2013)
- Robin Ticciati (2014-present)