You know me, I embrace anything and everything that is quintessentially very British. You cannot get more British than coming for an evening at the Opera at Glyndebourne in the high of British Summer.
You would know by now from reading my previous posts that my mother is an opera singer. She is having yet another successful year performing in Masterclasses in London under the guidance of some excellent professional world-class singers, for which I frankly think she is very fortunate indeed. She is hosting a Summer Concert in Roppongi, Tokyo during the first week of August for anyone who may be in Tokyo at the time! Give me a shout, and I will let you know the details! She is currently training with John Graham-Hall, who has and is performing at the main Opera Houses globally, and is currently taking residence at Glyndebourne this summer in The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) by Mozart. We went to see him in action!
Glyndebourne has a rich history that goes back to 1934 when the Christie Family first opened the gates to their own private home to host a festival here. The family was a lover of music and the husband wanted to build an auditorium for his Opera-loving wife. How romantic. Over the years and generations, they have welcomed music lovers into their Estate, and it is only recently in 1994, that they have built and opened a new auditorium to accommodate more guests.
There is so much to love about Glyndebourne, one of which is the dress code. The dress code has always been black tie and evening dress. I hear that they are recently allowing a loosening of the dress code, however, you would look totally out of place even in a short cocktail dress. That’s just how they roll, go with it and embrace it.
Once you arrive, there are men in tuxedos and full kilt, and ladies in delicate chiffon dresses and diamonds… it is a fashion show. You are able to picnic on the grounds on sunny days, which is a wonderful thing to enjoy especially when coming in a group. The gardens are just simply jaw-droppingly-WOW gorgeous and sumptuous with roses and flora.
Because there was just two of us, we opted to dine at one of their three restaurants. The restaurants are managed under the guidance of Prue Leith’s catering business. We chose the assisted carvery, that included cold mains, hot mains, desserts and coffees for £50pp. It was absolutely delicious and so much choice! The long interval lasts 1.5hrs but it went by like a blast whilst we ate away!
What a gorgeous sunny day to enjoy a piece of British culture in the most beautiful of surroundings. It made it more special that we knew someone who was performing and it made for a lovely day out. I cannot recommend it enough and cannot wait to be back!