Grange Park Opera 2017
A short hop from Waterloo is the new home of an established opera company with an ambitious season in its sights
West Horsley Place, which dates back to the 11th century, has a distinguished architectural history in its own right, but it will be opening a new chapter with the building of a brand new performance space, the Theatre in the Woods. Grange Park will no doubt be inspired by the success of Garsington Opera, which also undertook a successful move five years ago, and which also has a specially designed and very beautiful summer opera house amid its spectacular gardens at the Wormsley Estate.
The Theatre in the Woods will provide a magical backdrop for Grange Park's imaginative programme for 2017. Architects' drawing: Tim Ronalds Architects
The new Grange Park festival will run from 8 June to 15 July 2017. It opens with nine performances of Puccini's Tosca, until 2 July, with Ekaterina Metlova in the title role, the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as her lover Cavaradossi and Roland Wood as the villainous Scarpia.
Janacek's Jenufa follows, from 11 June to 8 July, in a revival of the Welsh National Opera production originally directed by Katie Mitchell. Its five performances star the exciting Natalya Romaniw, who in 2016 has sung both Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at Garsington in 2016, and Liza in Opera Holland Park's Queen of Spades. Susan Bullock sings the bullying Kostelnicka, with Nicky Spence reprising the feckless Steva, in which role he has scored a great success with English National Opera. Andrew Rees sings the tender Laca.
Six performances of Wagner's Die Walkure, from 29 June to 15 July, conclude the season. The cast includes Bryan Register as Siegmund, Rachel Nicholls as Sieglinde, Thomas Hall as Wotan, Jane Dutton as Brünnhilde and Sara Fulgoni as Fricka. Stephen Medcalf directs.
There will also be a gala evening of song featuring Bryn Terfel.
Public booking is now open. Details of membership schemes and priority booking are available here.