Glyndebourne announces the full closure of the Glyndebourne Festival 2020

Glyndebourne announces ‘with a very heavy heart’ that they have taken the decision to cancel all remaining Festival 2020 performances.

Although there was hope to re-open on 14 July, the persistence of the COVID-19 global pandemic has made it impossible for the company to guarantee the safety of company members and audiences. However, in light of the disappointing news, Glyndebourne are delighted to announce that their first ever virtual festival, Glyndebourne Open House, will open on Sunday 24th May. The Glyndebourne Festival experience will be brought directly to people’s homes by streaming a full-length opera, for free, on Glyndebourne’s YouTube channel at 5pm every Sunday, and helping the public to recreate an afternoon at the Festival in their own homes.

Glyndebourne Open House will commence with Michael Grandage’s much-loved production of The Marriage of Figaro. The second two weeks will also see a collaborating with Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, which will stream Nicholas Hytner’s Cosi fan tutte and our acclaimed Don Giovanni, directed by Jonathan Kent, from their Facebook page alongside YouTube broadcasts. In keeping with the Festival experience, Glyndebourne caterers Restaurant Associates will be holding a live “Glyndebourne Open House picnic” cookery demo on Saturday 23 May and although there is no dress code, they encourage viewers to step away from their day-to-day lockdown lives, dig into their wardrobes and dust off their best outfit.

Whether in gardens, on balconies, front steps or in living rooms, we are looking forward to seeing pictures of people recreating the Glyndebourne Festival for themselves at home.

Stephen Langridge, Glyndebourne’s Artistic Director, says: “We remain determined to share world-class opera with the public this summer; so, while the pandemic has forced Glyndebourne to abandon their beautiful theatre for now, I am delighted to be able to announce Glyndebourne Open House, beaming great music and theatre direct to people’s homes.”

Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne’s Music Director, says: ‘While it is heart-breaking not being able to perform live for our audiences this summer, I have such hope for what we will all feel as a community when we emerge from this troubled time. The need for live music and opera will surely burn ever brighter.’

Glyndebourne have launched the Glyndebourne Emergency COVID-19 Appeal to help both artists and seasonal staff – two thirds of their workforce – who face a devastating loss of income from this closure, and to help ensure Glyndebourne’s continuity so they can be here for everyone in the future. Full details about this appeal and ticket refunds can be found on glyndebourne.com

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