Grange Park Opera - West Horsley
21 July 2017

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Die Walküre

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 13

The amazing new Grange Park Opera has produced a largely successful Die Walküre
20 Jul 17 / The Spectator
From a quiet start Jane Dutton’s strong Brünnhilde developed wonderfully sympathetic resilience
12 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Prussian militarism and strong personenregie make for an engrossing new production
10 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Stephen Barlow captures the urgency and passion of Wagner's extraordinary score
9 Jul 17 / Express
What is the Pitt Rivers Museum doing in Valhalla?
4 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Grange Park Opera displays its compelling Die Walküre in its new West Horsley home
4 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
This staging is set amid the display cases of an ancient museum with the Valkyries kitted out as Prussian officers
3 Jul 17 / The Times
Grange Park Opera triumphs in the second part of Wagner's Ring cycle
3 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
In need of more energy
3 Jul 17 / The Stage
The setting is contrived but Wagner’s characters come across as living, believable people
3 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Very much a director’s staging, but one that Medcalf has applied with great imagination
1 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Wagner’s epic shines in compelling staging with strong cast
30 Jun 17 / The Arts Desk
Museum piece? Stephen Medcalf offers an intriguing Walküre at Grange Park Opera
30 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Tosca

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Un théâtre est né
6 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
A full-blooded account of Puccini’s masterpiece in the Surrey countryside
28 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Calleja’s powerful performance as freethinking artist Cavaradossi pulses with conviction
19 Jun 17 / Express
Grange Park's stunning new opera house provides a fitting setting for Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja's honeyed tones in Tosca
18 Jun 17 / Daily Mail
A straightforward Tosca
13 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Grange Park Opera settles into its new home with a stirring Tosca
12 Jun 17 / The Observer
Wonderful theatre deserves a more imaginative production
12 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Grange Park Opera's new home Theatre in the Woods starts with 'Tosca'
12 Jun 17 / Independent
Routine approach to a familiar old warhorse
10 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Grange Park Opera's inaugural Tosca
10 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Puccini's Tosca is here uneven, although rescued with some standout moments
10 Jun 17 / Classical Source
A conventional production, a remarkable venue
10 Jun 17 / The Stage
Grange Park Opera unveils its new home with Puccini's popular shocker
10 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Jenufa

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Czech verismo with attendant Central European melancholy, this carries quite a punch
28 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A quartet of strong performance illuminates a superb ensemble performance
26 Jun 17 / Planet Hugill
Superb performances do Janáček’s masterpiece proud
21 Jun 17 / Telegraph
A heart-rending Jenůfa at Grange Park Opera
20 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Business as usual
20 Jun 17 / The Critics' Circle
Natalya Romaniw’s Jenůfa and Susan Bullock’s Kostelnička stand out
19 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Grange Park Opera revives WNO's long-lived Katie Mitchell production
19 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Natalya Romaniw leads an emotionally gripping Jenůfa for Grange Park Opera
17 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
With Natalya Romaniw in the title role, Janáček’s opera comes vividly to life
14 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Natalya Romaniw, making her role debut as Jenůfa, is beautifully cast as a young woman larger in spirit
13 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Natalya Romaniw
One of the outstanding sopranos of her generation.
Don Carlo

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Don Carlos y fin de fiesta
29 Jul 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Bravo for the beggar's opera (are you watching ENO?)
3 Jul 16 / Daily Mail
in the confines of a smaller theatre Don Carlo comes over with visceral immediacy.
29 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Grandeur and intimacy
27 Jun 16 / Planet Hugill
What Grange Park Opera loses in spectacular crowd scenes its staging of Don Carlo gains in emotional intensity
26 Jun 16 / Express
Gripping, gruesome and brutally convincing
21 Jun 16 / The Guardian
The Inquisition's dark days
20 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
This is an evening which makes a powerful impact
20 Jun 16 / Music OMH
A compellingly inward-looking presentation
20 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Verdi's Don Carlo a moody hit for Grange Park Opera
20 Jun 16 / Telegraph
An encounter with designer Leslie Travers
Not just the look, how the sets work is part of the narrative.
Tristan und Isolde

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 6

What a superb end to the season
20 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A remarkable swansong
18 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Grange Park marked the end of an era with a masterly Tristan
17 Jul 16 / The Observer
Rachel Nicholls creates the impression that she is never going to put a foot wrong
17 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Despite some niggles, Brabbins paced the music effectively with an unerring sense of dramatic shape
15 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Much to admire in Grange Park Opera’s Tristan und Isolde
15 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
La fanciulla del West

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Claire Rutter heads a strong revival of Puccini's gold-rush opera
4 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Grange Park Opera’s revival of Stephen Medcalf’s 2008 production of Puccini’s ‘Western’ opera certainly strikes gold
11 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Genuinely moving
10 Jun 16 / Independent
The three central performances are very strong
7 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West at Grange Park Opera
7 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Oliver!

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Sheer joy!
8 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The audience is left wanting more
5 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Great show, shame about the audience
3 Jun 16 / Telegraph
Samson et Dalila

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Represiva y decadente
17 Aug 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Chutzpah is the word for Grange Park this summer
1 Jul 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Gripping stuff!
27 Jun 15 / Classical Source
Saint-Saëns’ opera falls victim to a heavy-handed production
25 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
A production that sizzles with invention, though not with sexual tension
23 Jun 15 / The Stage
Israelites vs Philistines: Samson et Dalila at Grange Park
22 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Carl Tanner’s Samson is the standout performance in this vibrant retelling of Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera
22 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Sumptuous, imaginative
22 Jun 15 / Telegraph
The very striking set by Francis O’Connor is one of the most imaginative we’ve seen
22 Jun 15 / Music OMH
Eugene Onegin

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

The most consistently strong performance comes from Susan Gritton as Tatyana
15 Jul 15 / Music OMH
Verismo before its time
13 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
La bohème

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Stephen Medcalf has treated the whole thing as four young men putting on a play
24 Jun 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A straightforward staging designed to showcase singing
16 Jun 15 / Music OMH
April’s first kiss: Susana Gaspar’s Mimì shines in a frustrating Bohème
16 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Medcalf’s staging and Vartan’s Dickensian outfits were broadly traditional and non-interventionist
13 Jun 15 / Classical Source
Fiddler on the Roof

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 6

To Grange Park congratulations, or in the words of the libretto, mazel tov!
10 Jun 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Terfel heads the cast of Grange Park Opera’s Fiddler on the Roof
8 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
Bryn Terfel gives a towering performance in the revived musical
8 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
A production which is undoubtedly simple and yet unequivocally effective
7 Jun 15 / Music OMH
Bryn Terfel stars in a pleasant but tame production of the classic musical
6 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Bryn Terfel outstanding in focused, vigorous production
6 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Peter Grimes

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 10

En un lugar bucólico
13 Aug 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Not a vintage Peter Grimes
28 Jun 14 / Musical Criticism
Carl Tanner presents the stubborn, independent side of the character with convincing skill
24 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Jeremy Sams’s production is like a Dickens novel set to music
3 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Flashback device is a mixed blessing
3 Jun 14 / The Guardian
Grange Park’s new Britten staging shows the company operating on its grandest scale
3 Jun 14 / The Stage
Directed by Jeremy Sams, this is a huge production in an intimate setting
3 Jun 14 / Southern Daily Echo
It takes a brave opera company indeed to stage Peter Grimes this summer
2 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk
Barlow really had the measure of Britten’s genius for creating character in music
1 Jun 14 / Classical Source
Grimes ahoy! Suffolk's coast transplanted to the rolling Hampshire Downs
31 May 14 / Bachtrack
The Queen of Spades

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Antony McDonald directs an engrossing, stunning production of Tchaikovsky’s divisive opera
10 Jul 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Carl Tanner repeats his vocally outstanding Herman
8 Jul 14 / The Stage
Don Quichotte

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

The performances of Clive Bayley and David Stout fully brought out the drama and emotion of a man whose delusions are finally broken
3 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Massenet becomes the lead character in his own opera
23 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Meta-operatic twist on Massenet
23 Jun 14 / The Guardian
A bit short on thrills
21 Jun 14 / Telegraph
Overall the sensitive production does justice to this bittersweet, reflective opera
17 Jun 14 / The Stage
La Traviata

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Visceral Verdi via 1950s Hollywood at Grange Park Opera
3 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Lindsay Posner’s new production is unfussy, narratively clear, fresh without being patronizing
2 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Dialogues des Carmelites

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Terapia contra el miedo
2 Aug 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Key moments register like blows to the pit of the stomach
8 Jul 13 / Opera Britannia
For audience members willing to enter into this spirit, the experience is a unique one
14 Jun 13 / The Huffington Post
A pleasant surprise
13 Jun 13 / Telegraph
Fortunio

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Full marks to Grange Park Opera for rounding off their 2013 season with a delightful French operetta
23 Jul 13 / Musical Criticism
A gentle, unobjectionable staging of Messager’s musical comedy
15 Jul 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Messager sets this half-tender, half-cynical tale with music of operetta lightness and operatic depth
12 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Messager crosses the boundaries between operetta and opera, Offenbach and Wagner
12 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
Eugene Onegin

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Utterly traditional, uncomplicatedly faithful
27 Jun 13 / New Statesman
Stephen Medcalf directs a sensitively intelligent staging of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
7 Jun 13 / Telegraph
The smouldering passion of Tchaikovsky's music only intermittently ignites
1 Jun 13 / The Guardian
A Ronseal production faithful to Tchaikovsky and Pushkin
1 Jun 13 / Opera Britannia
I Puritani

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 6

La cabeza de Arturo
7 Jun 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Glorious music almost managed to eclipse the muddle-headedness of the production
4 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Bel canto pleasures
3 Jun 13 / Bachtrack
Salvation is at hand in the shape of some impressive singing
3 Jun 13 / The Guardian
I Puritani at Grange Park suffers from the quarter-baked intellectual pretension that puts people off opera
2 Jun 13 / Telegraph
A too-complex treatment mars the simple beauty of Bellini's score
1 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
The Queen of Spades

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A fine achievement
13 Jul 12 / Musical Criticism
Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades was gripping both dramatically and musically
24 Jun 12 / The Observer
Stephen Barlow propels the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra through this night of rich pleasure
21 Jun 12 / Oxford Times Online
This impressive staging of Tchaikovsky's opera manages to be both playful, and deadly serious
17 Jun 12 / Independent on Sunday
Grange Park Opera shows its mettle in another late-Romantic blockbuster
15 Jun 12 / The Guardian
Overall this is an appreciable achievement
15 Jun 12 / The Stage
Grange Park Opera's The Queen of Spades needs its edges sharpened
15 Jun 12 / Telegraph
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Joanna Lumley on finding Grange Park Opera a new home
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1 Jul 2017 / Evening Standard
Grange Park Opera's new home
The bitter feud behind the opera held at Bamber Gascoigne's stately home, West Horsley Place.
16 Mar 2017 / Telegraph
Grange Festival extends fundraising campaign
The Grange Festival is extending its fundraising efforts in order to ensure a high-quality refit before its inaugural season opens on 7 June 2017.
3 Nov 2016 / Opera Now
Grange Park Opera to abandon dress code
Grange Park Opera to abandon dress code and allow jeans and trainers 'as they are more expensive than shoes anyway'.
16 Oct 2016 / Telegraph
Opera company to move into Bamber Gascoigne's stately home
Former University Challenge host allows Grange Park Opera to take up residence on derelict 400-acre Surrey estate he inherited from great aunt.
13 Nov 2015 / The Guardian