Glyndebourne seeks young opera hopefuls

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Glyndebourne is seeking young performers from Eastbourne to perform on stage next year.

The venue will host six taster workshops in April for performers aged between 14 and 19 interested in appearing in its next community opera in 2016.

The workshops will take place in Brighton, Eastbourne and at Glyndebourne and are a chance to find out more about being part of a Glyndebourne Youth Opera project.

In February 2016 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera will perform alongside professional singers on the main stage at Glyndebourne in a new opera called Nothing adapted from the young adult book by Danish author Janne Teller.

Workshop participants will become eligible to audition for a part in the production in June.

The workshops take place on April 18, 19 and 25 and are open to anyone between 14 and 19 and living within 25 miles of Glyndebourne.

Every year Glyndebourne Youth Opera provides local young people with world-class performance opportunities and engaging opera workshops open to all.

Glyndebourne spokesperson

Nothing taster workshops take place at Brighton and Hove High School on April 18.

Glyndebourne on April 19 and at All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne, on April 25

For more information and to register for a place, visit glyndebourne.com/nothing-workshops

A spokesperson from Glyndebourne said, “Every year Glyndebourne Youth Opera provides local young people with world-class performance opportunities and engaging opera workshops open to all.

“Nothing will be the latest large-scale community opera to be performed on the main stage at Glyndebourne.”

In 2013 an intergenerational cast performed in Imago and in 2010 a BBC documentary followed Gareth Malone as he coached young people from across Sussex to take part in Knight Crew.

Glyndebourne is recognised internationally as one of the great opera houses; a reputation that stems from a passion for artistic excellence encapsulated in founder John Christie’s insistence on doing “not the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere”.

John and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, founded the Glyndebourne Festival in 1934.

In 1968 the Glyndebourne Tour was established to bring opera to new audiences across the country and create opportunities for talented young singers.

Today Glyndebourne is a twelve month operation. The Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a 1,200-seat opera house. The annual Tour takes place from October to December and a widely respected education programme is active year round staging new work and delivering projects to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of opera.

Together the Festival and Tour present 120 performances annually to an audience of 150,000 with many more people experiencing Glyndebourne’s work through its yearly programme of cinema screenings.