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  • Glyndebourne exterior

  • Glyndebourne garden and grounds

    © Michaela Rowland-Hall

  • Glyndebourne auditorium

  • La Traviata

    © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: Hubert Smith

  • Il turco in Italia

    © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: Bill Cooper

  • Michelham Priory

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  • Enjoy spectacular performances of La Traviata and Il Turco in Italia, both presented at the festival’s famous opera house, as well as a visit to Glyndebourne’s Opera Archive

  • Develop a greater understanding of each opera in the company of expert Tour Director Nicholas Wearne

  • Explore the cultural richness of the region with visits to Farleys House & Gallery, once home to celebrated photographer Lee Miller, and Michelham Priory, set on a moated island

     

     

    This tour is fully booked - please contact the office on 01223 841055 to be added to the waiting list.

     

    Alternatively, we hope to offer both summer and autumn departures to Glyndebourne in 2025, you can register an interest to receive tour details as soon as they are available by clicking the link below:

     

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“All excellent. Nick’s lectures on the two operas were extremely informative and interesting. The visit to the Glyndebourne Archive was particularly fascinating”

– ACE customer on the 2023 Glyndebourne tour with Nicholas Wearne

Every year, Glyndebourne 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.

 

Perhaps Verdi’s best-known opera, La Traviata is based on Alexandre Dumas’s play, The Lady of the Camellias. The opera weaves its themes of forbidden love, personal sacrifice and heartbreak into a captivating tapestry, overflowing with memorable melodies. In autumn 2024, Glyndebourne presents a revival of Tom Cairns’s 2014 production – much praised for its ‘stripped back’, emotionally impactful quality – which will be conducted by Adam Hickox with Elisa Verzier and Matteo Desole as Violetta and Alfredo.

 

Providing a delightfully comical counterpoint, our first opera – Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia – will light up the stage with its fizzing energy, wit and “sophisticated silliness” as a struggling author finds inspiration in the chaotic love lives of those around him. We will enjoy a revival of Mariame Clément’s critically acclaimed 2021 production, described by The Guardian in their five-star review as “brilliantly reimagined”, in which the author’s characters slowly take on lives of their own. Both operas are sung in Italian with English surtitles.

 
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.

 

Farleys House and Gallery was the home of Surrealist photographer, Vogue model and Second World War correspondent Lee Miller, recently brought to life in the much-anticipated film Lee starring Kate Winslet. The house played host to many leading figures of 20th century modern art, including Picasso. Here, we will discover the remarkable stories of its inhabitants as well as the characterful interiors. 

 

Michelham Priory was originally founded in 1229 by Augustinian canons and is set on a picturesque moated island. Today, it is testament to centuries of fascinating history, and its grounds feature medieval herb gardens, physic gardens and kitchen gardens complemented by modern sculptures.

 

We also look forward to returning to Glyndebourne on our final morning for an exploration of its wonderful archives during a private visit.

 

This tour will be based at the four-star East Sussex National Hotel, a comfortable and modern hotel surrounded by countryside and located a short drive away from Glyndebourne. Our first dinner will be taken in a private dining room at the hotel, while our subsequent two dinners will be enjoyed at Glyndebourne.

 
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 Senior Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His career as a solo organist has taken him all over the world, and he is a former winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the Odense International Organ Competition.

Days
4
Cost
£1495
Tour Code
GLYN-24

Fully booked - please contact the office on 01223 841055 to be added to the waiting list.


Included: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded club room with balcony or terrace, performances as described, three breakfasts, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, double club room with balcony or terrace for single use supplement £195.

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