Opera company reinvents 2020

Although closed in the Covid-19 lockdown, Grange Park Opera, set in the Surrey Hills, is launching a newly devised summer season this month.

The new online season over the nest two months, titled Was Lost, Now Found, offers 15 performances, with new works including eight new ones with English National Ballet dancers among 70 artists taking part, many filmed at the company’s Theatre in the Woods in the grounds of West Horsley Place grangeparkopera.co.uk.

The re-devised programme includes Poulenc’s dramatic La Voix Humaine, pictured here with soprano Claire Booth performing the one-voice piece, presented by Anguish who also contribute Argento’s 1981 piece, Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night. Wynne Evans the Welsh tenor better known as Gio Compario from the long-running TV insurance advertisement, will give a concert from his home.

Bass-baritone and baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Sir Simon Keenleyside will also give concerts from their homes in Wales, while with Reflection Roderick Williams will perform Schumann’s Liederkreis op24.

“Grange Park Opera’s original 2020 programme will forever be known to me as ‘The Lost Season’” said Grange Opera’s founder and CEO Wasi Kani. “But culture is active and happening right now. Driven by this, I did not want to just share performances that people will have seen before, but to create an entirely new ‘Found Season’ of brand-new works, and bring it to as many people as possible.”


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