PREVIEW: Free online operas from Glyndebourne

Brian Butler May 10, 2021

That European cultural powerhouse on our doorstep Glyndebourne returns this month with a series of free online streams of some of its best opera productions from the archive.

Glyndebourne Open House , first launched in May 2020 as a virtual season  following the cancellation of last year’s Festival due to the pandemic,  had over 850,000 people tuning in. This year Open House comprises 4 operas by composers who will feature in the socially-distanced season when the opera house opens its doors post-lockdown, this Summer.

Also in collaboration with Marquee TV , there will be 4 concerts to watch on the  subscription channel. Digital season  tickets will cost £ 50.  Go to

The free opera screenings are:

23 May – 6 June : The Cunning Little Vixen – Janacek’s enchanting opera from a 2012 recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Lucy Crowe in the title role.

13-27 June: The Barber of Seville by Mozart. Recorded in 2016 , it has an all-star cast including Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli and Bjorn Burger.

4 – 18 July: La clemenza di Tito. Loosely based on the life of Roman emperor Titus , it’s a heart-tugging masterpiece by Mozart, recorded in 2017 .

1-29 August: La traviata. Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva plays the tragic Violetta alongside the wonderful charismatic American  tenor Michael Fabiano as  Alfredo. It’s a 2014 recording.

All the operas will be on the opera house’s  website and on

Also  on those 2 platform is  the  documentary  No Ordinary Summer about  Glyndebourne’s  battle to get back to live performances .