Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers. The 2017 Academy was led by Mary, assisted by a small team of opera professionals.

The Academy is open to outstanding young singers who aren't currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. This could be for reasons including personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors. Singers will normally be aged between 16 and 26, although in some exceptional cases older singers will be considered.

The Academy focuses on a small number of singers who show exceptional potential. Participants are offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways.

In 2017 the selected students worked intensively with leading opera professionals, and had the opportunity to perform at Glyndebourne in front of an invited audience in an informal concert at the end of the programme.

Click here for more on the 2017 Academy.