Glyndebourne to hold live outdoor concerts this summer

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Glyndebourne Opera House will host outdoor concerts performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from mid-July, and a series of operas outside in August, marking the reopening of its beautiful gardens for live music since it cancelled its entire summer season at the start of the pandemic.

Mesdames de la Halle (1858), about the lives of French market-sellers, will be staged in front of a live audience of 200 people. The show will be staged with 12 singers but no chorus, and the number of musicians will be reduced from 40 to 13.

Audiences will observe social distancing measures and, as is Glyndebourne tradition, will be able to use the bucolic grounds to picnic. In addition to opera, concerts will also be performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra during August.

“We are in our 85th year and so this is not the first crisis we have faced,” said the
artistic director Stephen Langridge. “Things are not good for the theatre and classical music at the moment, and we have been working closely with our peers, and trying to support the artists, orchestras and freelance staff who rely on us for their living – enormously helped by the generosity of our members.

“Experiencing live music and theatre together in an inspiring environment is what Glyndebourne is all about,” he said. “We are fortunate in having plenty of outside space available to us, and with a little imagination, we can see exciting musical and theatrical opportunities for performance in the gardens. This mini-festival will be intimate, unusual and unforgettable. Some cause for celebration in these tough times.”

The events are weather-dependant and will be cancelled in cases of heavy rain and wind. Tickets to the grounds start at £10, while performance tickets start at £50.

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