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Stage: A major appointment at Glyndebourne

- August 20, 2018


Stephen Langridge has been appointed Artistic Director of Glyndebourne, it was announced. Currently Director for Opera and Drama at Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, he will take up his new role in Spring 2019.

A strong advocate of contemporary music, he has directed several world premieres, including productions for the Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh Festival, Dutch National Touring Opera and Glyndebourne.

A passionate believer in music education and talent development, throughout his career Stephen has alternated between the leading operatic stages and groundbreaking community projects. Stephen commented: “Underlying all my work is the belief that opera is a natural and dynamic form of human expression, to which everybody should have access, both as a participant and audience. I am thrilled to take up this appointment as Artistic Director of Glyndebourne, and join the superb team of talented and ambitious people making extraordinary and transformational opera experiences.”

A passionate believer in music education & talent development

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne and acting Artistic Director, said: “I am delighted that Stephen will be joining as our new Artistic Director – having worked here as a director back in the 1990s, he has a strong understanding of the company. I am confident that he will be a great fit for the company and I am very much looking forward to having him co-leading Glyndebourne in the coming years.”

As Artistic Director, Stephen Langridge will join Sarah Hopwood, Managing Director, who together will co-lead Glyndebourne and ensure it achieves the highest artistic standards, whilst maintaining the financial independence that enables it to be bold and innovative.

For anyone who has never sampled the delights and excellence of this internationally acclaimed opera house then the forthcoming tour season, which starts in the Sussex opera house, is the ideal opportunity. This year, at very affordable prices you can see Verdi’s La Traviata or go deeper for La Traviata: Behind The Curtain and later Massenet’s Cendrillon.

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