a large, grand house near Brighton in southern England which is well known for the opera festival that takes place there every summer. A theatre was built in the garden for the first festival in 1934 and was replaced by a larger theatre in 1994. The Glyndebourne opera is one of the important social events of the English summer. The gardens are beautiful, and many members of the audience take their own picnic and eat it on the lawn during the interval . The Glyndebourne Touring Opera (the GTO) travels in the autumn to many cities in Britain and provides an opportunity for young singers to sing major roles.