On Tuesday 19th June 2018, seven Upper Sixth pupils donned their evening wear and made their way to Glyndebourne to hear Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.
The extensive and beautiful gardens of this opera house made for the perfect long afternoon, so there was plenty of time to bask in the sunshine after our picnic and to enjoy some post-examination relaxation.
Our stall in the Opera House gave the pupils a view straight down into the orchestra pit, which made for some fascinating viewing of the complete string section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The pupils enjoyed the symbolic whooping of the horns in the overture and we were all treated to a fantastic and heart-moving trio between the three main soprano roles in the closing scene.
The comedic nature of the opera contrasted with some of the deeper messages in the libretto which made for some interesting discussions in the intervals.
J. Mountford - Director of Music