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The Grange Festival

6 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019

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The Grange Festival is dedicated to performing world-class opera in the heart of Hampshire.

The Festival opened on 7 June 2017, continuing the great legacy of opera at The Grange in Hampshire.


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‘a life-enhancing celebration of love,
laughter and joie-de-vivre’
June  7, 9, 15, 21, 29

Composer | Giuseppe Verdi

Librettist | Arrigo Boito

Orchestra | The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Sung in Italian

Verdi’s last opera is a life-enhancing celebration of love, laughter and joie-de-vivre. The portly old lecher tries to win the affections of three buxom ladies who all triumphantly outwit him and have lot of fun in the process.

Verdi always had a copy of Shakespeare in Italian next to his bed. He wrote this infectious quicksilver score, setting text from The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2  in a remarkable late-flowering Indian summer. He was 79 when it premiered.

The Grange Festival is proud to announce with this new production the arrival to opera of RSC and West End director Christopher Luscombe and the welcome return of conductor Francesco Cilluffo whose Verdi Requiem on the Grange stage in 2017 still remains powerfully in our memories.

With many well-known names as well as brilliant young artists in the cast, Verdi and Shakespeare come enticingly to The Grange.

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July 5

Join us for an evening of music from Hollywood & Broadway, listen to the songs of Stage and Screen with the masterful touch of  The John Wilson Orchestra. With a cast of stars this is a night not to be missed.

Conductor and arranger John Wilson formed The John Wilson Orchestra in 1994. The orchestra has an international reputation as a unique hand-picked ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. Outside of his work with the orchestra, he is a principal conductor of the Northern Sinfonia and principal guest conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Working regularly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Scottish, BBC Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras, John recently conducted Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne.

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‘The best opera ever written by a human being’*

June 6, 8, 14, 19, 23, 30

Revealing truth, virtue and beauty as no other opera. Figaro is Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, an irresistible blend of musical wit and social satire. ‘The best opera ever written by a human being’ has the capacity to be as transformative an experience as can be had in a theatre.

The Grange Festival’s new production by Martin Lloyd-Evans, who created the magical Mansfield Park at The Grange in 2017, conducted by Richard Egarr with The Academy of Ancient Music, presents a cast of some of Europe’s brightest young artists.

A score fizzing with life and melody brings song to Beaumarchais’ provocative play, and colour to his captivating cast of characters – from the lascivious Count and bombastic Dr Bartolo to the gawky teenage Cherubino, charismatic Figaro and of course his endlessly resourceful wife-to-be Susanna.


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June  25, 26
‘Iconic classical and modern ballet alongside incredible contemporary dance’

‘I am thrilled to be returning to The Grange as Director of Dance for the second year in 2019. The Festival’s first foray into dance this past June, curated by myself with Edward Watson, was a resounding success. It was wonderful to receive such a warm reception by the audience to our programme of classic and contemporary dance in the Grange’s unique setting.

I look forward to sharing with you our next specially-commissioned programme, performed by Company Wayne McGregor, introducing a new range of guest artists, as well as bringing back some of the extraordinary dancers from this year, for 2019’s Dance@TheGrange.’