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The Iron Lady of Glyndebourne dragging opera into the 21st century

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gilded lifestyle? For Sarah Hopwood, the soon-to-retire managing director, it is a mixture of the tough decisions and the banal. ‘Blocked drains, the loos, paths that need to be cleared, the 1,000 company members who need feeding.

Then there are the peacocks.’The peacocks? ‘They don’t live at Glyndebourne, they live up the hill. But they come to nest and lay their eggs here every year.

From April when we start our rehearsals, we are besieged. They will try and look through any door that’s open. They are terribly at home here.

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