Mozart at Glyndebourne
Since its very beginnings Glyndebourne has had a strong connection to Mozart. His operas were the first we ever staged here, and almost every Festival since has featured at least one of his operas.
It may come as a surprise to learn that our founder John Christie’s first love was Wagner - he initially conceived and built the opera house with staging Wagner in mind. However, given the size and scale of Wagner’s operas, it was never entirely feasible to stage them in Glyndebourne’s intimate auditorium. During the 1920s, after numerous visits to Salzburg and Munich, Christie became won over by the delights of Mozart, and it was Mozart’s repertoire that went on to form the backbone of the Festival.
Our first ever production in 1934 was Le nozze di Figaro, which was joined by Così fan tutte in the same season. Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Zauberflöte, were added the bill in 1935, with Don Giovanni joining in 1936.
Since then we have staged a host of Mozart operas, and our Mozart productions remain a firm favourite with the Festival audience.
Re-live the best of vintage Mozart
Many of our most popular Mozart productions are available on DVD and CD from our shop.
A selection of our vintage Mozart productions from the 1970s and 80s are available in the Mozart Glyndebourne Collection box set, offering the chance to see the original auditorium on film. The set includes Così fan tutte (1975), Don Giovanni (1977), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1980), Idomeneo (1974), Le nozze di Figaro (1973) and Die Zauberflöte (1978). Among the cast are operatic legends Kiri Te Kanawa, Felicity Lott, Willard White, Thomas Allen and many more.
Mozart modern classics
In more recent years we have been capturing our Festival productions live in high definition, and many are available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Nicholas Hytner’s 2006 production of Così fan tutte is a perennial favourite, and you can enjoy the captivating aria, ‘Soave sia il vento’ below.
Also available are:
Le nozze di Figaro - the much loved 2012 production which updates the action to the 1960s
Don Giovanni - with Gerald Finley in the title role
Die Entführung aus dem Serail - David McVicar’s sumptuous period production
La clemenza di Tito - a captivating tale of political intrigue
Mozart for kids
You’re never too young to appreciate great music and storytelling.
My Mozart Music Book tells Mozart’s life story, from child prodigy to musical genius, with five musical excerpts that can be played by pressing the music icons on each page.
We also stock writer and illustrator Rosie Brooks’ delightful ‘My Little Opera’ series, which retell some of the art form’s most famous tales as picture-books. The Magic Flute is a captivating story, full of excitement and enchantment, which should prove a hit with kids as a bedtime story.
Add a bit of Mozartian flair to your Festival outfit with these cufflinks, featuring a cameo portrait of the composer, on a mother of pearl background.
LAST CHANCE! This summer we created an exclusive range featuring designs from Die Zauberflöte. We have limited quantities of items from the line, including T Shirts, bow ties and pocket squares. Buy now to avoid missing out!
- Glyndebourne's Mozart DVD Collection Le nozze di Figaro CD (Glyndebourne 1962) Children's Mozart Music Book Mozart on Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
- La clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne 2017) Idomeneo CD (Glyndebourne 1964) The Magic Flute Papageno Cotton T-shirt