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Glyndebourne Festival 2014


Eugene Onegin has everything going for it.  Based on Pushkin’s dramatic story and following closely his poetic text, it examines romantic love and its arrogant rejection, the power of social convention, the tragic outcome of a duel that never should have happened, and two people trapped by the outcome.  Tchaikovsky  felt that his own unfortunate marriage echoed the emotional turmoil of the story and set it to his most striking music, writing the libretto himself using much of Pushkin’s language.  Glyndebourne is reviving Gaham Vick’s well thought of production, last seen in 2008, and is making a particular point of using a cast of largely native Russian speakers. In the role of Tatyana is Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who was a worthy winner of the Cardiff Singer in 2009, and Andrei Bondarenko, who was an equally worthy winner of the Song Prize in 2011, who plays Onegin.

Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, La finta giardiniera, La Traviata and Rinaldo are also being performed. If you would prefer to see one of these operas we can organise a visit for you.

We stay in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, which has a long history, much of which is still evident in the town. Lewes has always had a strong sense of independence. Here Simon de Montfort defeated Henry III in 1264 and Tom Paine, who was active in the American and French Revolutions, made his first attempt at swaying political opinion with his pamphlet on the rights of Customs Officers. There is a room devoted to him in the hotel.


The Pelham House Hotel, centrally located in Lewes. Pelham House is a 16th-century Town House with gardens which overlook the South Downs. It has been sympathetically restored to create a stylish interior that combines elegance and history. The restaurant, where we have one dinner, is one of the oldest rooms in the building with beautiful wood panelling.



Day 1Independent arrival at the Hotel. We meet in the afternoon for a private transfer to Glyndebourne. There will be time to explore the gardens, which will be at their summer best, and visit the shop before the performance. Dinner will be in the Carvery at Glyndebourne during the long interval. Private transfer to Lewes after the performance.

Day 2 - Independent departure from the hotel.


Departure Date Opera Tour Code
22 - 23 May 2014 Eugene Onegin GLY/14/1



Bookings are subject to availability.


Prices: £450 per person sharing a twin/double room
Single supplement:  £65


Deposit for all tours: £300 per person


Price includes: One night bed and breakfast, return transfers to Glyndebourne, one dinner at Glyndebourne, one stalls ticket.


Please Note- Travel to and from Lewes is not included..


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