Glyndebourne by numbers

As the Glyndebourne Festival celebrates its 75th birthday, we provide the essential figures

It began with a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at a little known stately home and has grown into one of opera's most anticipated annual events, attracting music-lovers from around the world. As the Glyndebourne Festival celebrates its 75th birthday, we provide the essential numbers about Britain's best-loved opera season and the champagne picnics that accompany it.

124 The number of performances given each year by the opera company, with audience numbers totalling 150,000.

125 The number of wigs which will be made for the forthcoming season. Each requires six hours of cutting and sizing, 40 hours of knotting and two hours of styling.

477 The number of times the acclaimed Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod has appeared at the festival - themost of any performer.

£210 Cost of the most expensive tickets at Glyndebourne - charged for seats in the central stalls and the first three rows of the foyer circle for certain performances. Standing places are only £10.

600 The number of picnickers who settle down in the gardens during the long interval each night.

1,050 The total number of hours spent in rehearsal by the main performers. The musicians also spend 130 hours preparing, and there are 600 hours of understudy rehearsal.

15 The number of standing ovations for Trevor Nunn's 1986 production of Porgy and Bess, starring Willard White and Cynthia Haymon (right). It received a standing ovation from every audience member at the end of every performance.

£34m The amount spent on the current opera house which opened in 1994, seating 1,200 people. The original only sat 330


Ally Carnwath

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