Yes, there we were loading up the trucks from Edwards of Hinkley to take us up to Newcastle for the first tour which opened in Newcastle with Don Giovanni on March 5 1968. We took FOUR productions on tour in those days - Die Zauberflöte, L'elisir d'amore, and L'Ormindo were the other three. How did we do it? I really can't remember - I was the 26 year old founding administrator for Glyndebourne Touring Opera as it was originally named. It all seemed so straight forward......! It was the vision and passion of George Christie of course who got this thing off the ground. We just got on with the job, and its gratifying to see that 50 years later it is still going strong, though I doubt that there will ever be four operas on tour again!
So Happy Birthday Glyndebourne Touring Opera - or whatever it is now called. For us it will always be GTO!