1 Mar

Pick me up - Glyndebourne

I’d never been particularly interested in opera until I went to Glyndebourne. My change of heart may have had something to do with the beautiful summer sunshine and idyllic countryside setting, chance to dress up pretty, see the men in black tie, and tuck into a tasty picnic complete with strawberries, champagne and a delicious homemade artichoke tart during the interval, or it might even have been the opera itself. We saw a gorgeous production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, based on the Cinderella story. With the help of Glyndebourne<30, the Glyndebourne programme that aims to make opera affordable for 16-29 year olds, Grace, Ellie and I experienced our very own rags to riches moment.

The afternoon began with a coach ride through the Sussex hills to reach our destination. We arrived in time for a glass of pimms and a little explore of the grounds before the first act. We also managed to stake out a picnic spot for the interval – arguably the main even. Some picnics were more extravagant than others – our picnic rug and tupperware were no match for the Fortnum’s baskets and portable picnic tables complete with white table cloths and candles, but the contents was yummy all the same.

Sign up for news on Glyndebourne<30. Tickets for Summer 2013 go 0n sale on March 11th and top price tickets are £30 for 16-29 year olds. See you there. We’ll be the girls with the candelabra.

X Loulou


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