Happy New Year to all our opera lovers. The Glyndebourne season is fast approaching and we are taking bookings for a lovely relaxing stay at White Lodge our luxury B&B just a 15 minute drive to the world famous Glyndebourne Opera. Come and enjoy the Glyndebourne Summer Festival or the spectacular autumn colours at Sheffield Park plus a trip to the Glyndebourne Tour. This month we welcome guests for a behind the scenes visit and talk. Every month there is something to enjoy in East Sussex! Charleston, The Seven Sisters or walking The South Downs Way!
Read The Telegraph's exclusive preview of the new season for more news.
Direct bookings are appreciated, we look forward to welcoming back our returning guests for the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Season. We are delighted to remain as the number one bed and breakfast for the Lewes area. An accolade we have retained since opening in February 2015 based on White Lodge B&B customer reviews on Trip Advisor.
In this short video Sebastian F. Schwarz, the General Director, looks forward to the many ways you can enjoy extraordinary opera from Glyndebourne in 2017.
January and February enjoy back stage tours at Glyndebourne
Follow the guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore Glyndebourne and discover more about the fascinating history behind this world-class opera house.
From the rediscovery of one of the first operas ever written to the birth of a brand-new work, Festival 2017 promises to be an unmissable season.
Dates for your diary
Monday 16 January Ballot deadline for Glyndebourne Associate Members* Monday 27 February Priority booking for Glyndebourne Under 30s Sunday 5 March Public booking opens online Saturday 20 May Festival 2017 opens
Cinema & Online June and August 2017
This year Glyndebourne be screening Hamlet and La clemenza di Tito live in cinemas, plus La traviata, captured live in 2014. All three titles will also be available to watch online for free.
Dates for your diary
Monday 13 March Priority booking for Glyndebourne Members Monday 20 March Public booking opens Thursday 8 June La traviata in cinemas and online Thursday 6 July Hamlet live in cinemas and online Thursday 3 August La clemenza di Tito live in cinemas and online
On Tour in 2017 will be two of the world’s most beloved operas – Il barbiere di Siviglia and Così fan tutte – and Brett Dean’s new Hamlet, after its world premiere at Festival 2017. Booking is now open in selected venues.
Dates for your diary
Monday 24 April Ballot deadline for Tour Members (Glyndebourne performances only) Monday 5 June Public booking opens (Glyndebourne performances only) 7-28 October Tour 2017 performances at Glyndebourne 31 October-2 December Tour 2017 performances in Canterbury, Woking, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth
On 11 November 2017 Glyndebourne Youth Opera will stage Belongings, a newly commissioned opera by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence) with a libretto by young up-and-coming writer Laura Attridge.
The piece will explore the theme of child migration through two contrasting settings: the arrival of evacuees at Lewes station in WWII and the current humanitarian crisis within the Calais refugee camp known as ‘the jungle’.
The performance will feature a cast of around 60 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera groups 1 and 2, aged between 9 and 19, who will perform alongside three professional singers and a small professional orchestra.
The production will be led by GYO Music Director, Lee Reynolds, and GYO Director, Lucy Bradley, with design by Ellan Parry. This commission will mark 20 years of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, which was founded in 1997 after the success of Misper by John Lunn.
‘We’re delighted that through this project we are continuing Glyndebourne’s strong tradition of supporting young composers and librettists, and commissioning new work for Glyndebourne Youth Opera’ says Glyndebourne’s Head of Education Lucy Perry.
‘The issues touched upon are ones that affect the world today, and it’s exactly at these times that it’s so important for Glyndebourne to create challenging and transformative work for and with our local community.’
Lewis Murphy’s’ previous work at Glyndebourne includes A Garden Dream, a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was performed by Glyndebourne Youth Opera during the interval at selected Festival 2016 performances.