Enjoy performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s La bohème from Glyndebourne’s autumn tour, all presented at the festival’s famous opera house
Develop a greater understanding of each opera in the company of expert Tour Director Nicholas Wearne
Explore the beautiful county of Sussex including a visit to Bateman’s, once home to Rudyard Kipling
“An excellent itinerary with an excellent guide. I could ask for no more”
“Superb, we hugely enjoyed all three operas. Nicholas Wearne is a great guide for these tours”
“The Glyndebourne tour was excellent in every way”
– ACE customers on previous Glyndebourne tours
Every year, the Glyndebourne tour produces an exhilarating programme of world-class opera featuring young and promising singers. Many international careers – such as those of Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott and Willard White – began with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, as it was originally called. We look forward to returning this autumn for another inspiring musical programme, based at the festival’s East Sussex home.
A highlight will be a performance of Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro. A prime example of a musical comedy, the opera sparkles with wit, relatable human drama and some of the composer’s most recognisable music. The direction is courtesy of Michael Grandage, whose original 2012 production sets the story during the final moments of Spain’s Franco regime. Alexander Miminoshvili is Figaro and Soraya Mafi is Susanna.
We will also enjoy a performance of Puccini’s tragic 1896 opera La bohème, featuring Bekhzod Davronov as penniless writer Rodolfo and Gabriella Reyes as seamstress Mimì, whose love in the midst of bohemian Paris is threatened by the realities of poverty and illness. The story and music has captivated audiences far and wide since its composition and we look forward to experiencing Glyndebourne’s production, in which “comedy and tragedy are woven tightly together in an irresistible flow of melody and drama”.
Daytime excursions to nearby cultural attractions will be woven around the festival performances, providing participants with a rounded understanding of the rich artistic history and culture of this beautiful county. We look forward to a visit to Bateman’s, a 17th century house located in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald that was formerly home to Rudyard Kipling, including a tour of the gardens.
We will also enjoy a visit to Charleston, the modernist home and studio of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, which has long enjoyed an association with the Bloomsbury Group.
This tour will be based at the four-star East Sussex National Hotel, a comfortable and modern hotel surrounded by countryside.
This tour will be led by Nicholas Wearne, BA, MPhil, a former ACE Bursary student and organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Nicholas is currently a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His career as a solo organist has taken him all over the world, and he was winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition.
Included: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £165.