Two more new titles announced for Glyndebourne Open House

Glyndebourne Open House throws open our doors to everyone, everywhere: join
us at 5.00pm each Sunday and enjoy world-class opera in your living room
for free.

In true Festival style, we hope you’ll use this as an opportunity to make
memories – dust off your finery, clink a glass with friends and family and
be united with opera lovers from across the globe. We can’t conjure the
smell of the Glyndebourne roses or a view of the lake, but we can still
create an experience to share.

Coming up on Sunday 26 July is Richard Jones’ production ofFalstaff, followed on 2 August by John Cox’s staging of The Rake’s Progress. These two operas will be available to watch
on Glyndebourne’s website and YouTube channel.


Glyndebourne Open House listings

26 July – Falstaff

From 5pm on 26 July and on demand for one week.
Watch on the Glyndebourne website or YouTube channel.

Verdi’s Falstaff is a comedy as wise as it is witty – a generous
belly-laugh after a career of dark, knotty dramas. Inspired by
Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and particularly its
larger-than-life hero Sir John Falstaff, Verdi’s opera collides English
subtlety with Italian ebullience to create a perfect comic evening.

Ageing rouÈ Sir John Falstaff decides to try his charms on not one but two
of Windsor’s housewives. Amused at the audacity of this unlikely seducer,
the women of the town all come together to teach him a lesson he’ll never

Updated to a post-war Windsor of pompous ex-army officers, redoubtable
Brownie leaders and lovesick GIs, Richard Jones’ production is less Tudor
than mock-Tudor – an updating that brings a zany, sitcom energy to this
classic comedy. Vladimir Jurowski conducts a cast led by British
bass-baritone Christopher Purves.

2 August – The Rake’s Progress

From 5pm on 2 August and on demand for one week.
Watch on the Glyndebourne website or YouTube channel.

A Glyndebourne classic, designed by David Hockney. When the mysterious Nick
Shadow appears at his door, Tom Rakewell immediately abandons country life
and his sweetheart Anne for the temptations of the city. But London’s
glittering promise soon corrodes; love, money and even sanity slip further
and further from Tom’s grasp. Can true love save him, or will the Devil
have the last laugh?

Hogarth’s paintings charting one man’s path from pleasure to ruin are the
starting point for one of the most dazzlingly original works of the 20th
century, like a Mozart opera that has wandered into a musical hall of
mirrors – at once elegant and anarchic. Comedy and tragedy are never far
apart in this light-footed work that can break your heart with the broadest
of smiles.

John Cox’s production is one of the great Glyndebourne classics, featuring
David Hockney’s much-loved designs alongside an exciting cast including
Topi Lehtipuu, Matthew Rose and Miah Persson.

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In celebration of Glyndebourne’s staging of The Rake’s Progress,
which was due to show at this year’s festival, Glyndebourne has launched a
range of gifts and homeware showcasing the original David Hockney designs
from the 1975 Glyndebourne production. Hockney was inspired by an original
recording conducted by Stravinsky himself and created the iconic
cross-hatched etchings that were applied to the set designs and costumes.
The Glyndebourne x The Rake’s Progress by David Hockney Collection is now
available for pre-order exclusively via