Grange Park Opera - West Horsley
27 March 2017

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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
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
The Inquisition's dark days
20 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
This is an evening which makes a powerful impact
20 Jun 16 / Music OMH
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
Much to admire in Grange Park Opera’s Tristan und Isolde
15 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Despite some niggles, Brabbins paced the music effectively with an unerring sense of dramatic shape
15 Jul 16 / Classical Source
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
Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West at Grange Park Opera
7 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
The three central performances are very strong
7 Jun 16 / Music OMH
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
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
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
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
April’s first kiss: Susana Gaspar’s Mimì shines in a frustrating Bohème
16 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
A straightforward staging designed to showcase singing
16 Jun 15 / Music OMH
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
Bryn Terfel gives a towering performance in the revived musical
8 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Terfel heads the cast of Grange Park Opera’s Fiddler on the Roof
8 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
A production which is undoubtedly simple and yet unequivocally effective
7 Jun 15 / Music OMH
Bryn Terfel outstanding in focused, vigorous production
6 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Bryn Terfel stars in a pleasant but tame production of the classic musical
6 Jun 15 / Telegraph
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
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
Jeremy Sams’s production is like a Dickens novel set to music
3 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
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
Meta-operatic twist on Massenet
23 Jun 14 / The Guardian
Massenet becomes the lead character in his own opera
23 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
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
A Ronseal production faithful to Tchaikovsky and Pushkin
1 Jun 13 / Opera Britannia
The smouldering passion of Tchaikovsky's music only intermittently ignites
1 Jun 13 / The Guardian
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)
Salvation is at hand in the shape of some impressive singing
3 Jun 13 / The Guardian
Bel canto pleasures
3 Jun 13 / Bachtrack
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
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
Grange Park Opera shows its mettle in another late-Romantic blockbuster
15 Jun 12 / The Guardian
Eugene Onegin

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A lucid, affecting and extremely good-looking production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
12 Jul 12 / Oxford Times Online
Idomeneo

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Mozart's most inventive operatic score is boisterously played by the English Chamber Orchestra
24 Jun 12 / The Observer
David Danholt supplies a powerful portrait of the Cretan King
21 Jun 12 / Oxford Times Online
A hellcat Elettra prowls a Georgian drawing room
11 Jun 12 / Independent on Sunday
The Grange Park show is more sober, but that can hardly be counted a sin
9 Jun 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
There is thrilling drama in Charles Edwards’s stylised early 19th century-set production
7 Jun 12 / The Stage
Charles Edwards's self-designed production mixes imagery from different periods
5 Jun 12 / The Guardian
Madama Butterfly

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Claire Rutter is the perfect spinto soprano for the role of Butterfly
2 Jun 12 / Opera Britannia
John Doyle’s staging is weak in definition
2 Jun 12 / The Stage
Claire Rutter
The soprano takes on the role of Cio Cio San, with other operatic challenges ahead.
Tosca

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The evening packed quite a punch
26 Sep 11 / Classical Source
Tristan und Isolde

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 8

David Fielding has masterminded a triumph
28 Jun 11 / Opera Britannia
Alwyn Mellor has sprung to the fore as a considerable Wagnerian soprano
12 Jun 11 / The Observer
Grange Park Opera's first foray into Wagner is slow to bloom
12 Jun 11 / Independent on Sunday
A total triumph, no. But a wonderful first attempt
11 Jun 11 / Musical Criticism
No Tristan will ever be perfect, but this bold venture builds into something wholly exceptional
8 Jun 11 / The Guardian
A more persuasive central couple is needed to lift this into a truly arousing production
7 Jun 11 / The Stage
Decoration of the text rather than an interpretation
6 Jun 11 / Financial Times (via Google)
Alwyn Mellor’s Isolde is the vocal triumph of the night
5 Jun 11 / What's on Stage
Rusalka

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A strong, focused and imaginative production
24 Jun 11 / Telegraph
It remains a spellbinding show
18 Jun 11 / The Stage
Rigoletto

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

There's a depth of desperation, ostracisation and fury here that is startling
19 Jun 11 / Independent on Sunday
See it if you can!
16 Jun 11 / Musical Criticism
This excellent production is sharply to the point
16 Jun 11 / Oxford Times Online
The English Chamber Orchestra were incisively conducted by Toby Purser
12 Jun 11 / The Observer
Dominating the opera is Damiano Salerno’s Rigoletto
4 Jun 11 / The Stage
Madama Butterfly

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A visually attractive Butterfly
23 Jul 10 / Oxford Times Online
Capriccio

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Thought provoking. Uncomfortable. Fascinating. And nearly perfect!
16 Jul 10 / Musical Criticism
Rarely has such an apparently flimsy work been so poignant
20 Jun 10 / Independent on Sunday
A triumph for Grange Park
13 Jun 10 / The Observer
The cast were on the whole very impressive
11 Jun 10 / Opera Britannia
A thoughtful and considered realisation
8 Jun 10 / The Stage
An uneven opera, yes; but a fascinating production
8 Jun 10 / The Times
Medcalf's production makes its points with maximum clarity and effect
8 Jun 10 / The Guardian
Susan Gritton makes a believable Countess
7 Jun 10 / Financial Times (via Google)
The Love for Three Oranges

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A giddy, gawky, rowdy affair
20 Jun 10 / Independent on Sunday
If it wasn't always quite slick, the achievement alone was miraculous
20 Jun 10 / The Observer
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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
New opera festival to launch after stately home row
A new opera festival is launched after a row over a stately home, lengthy contract disputes and a tempting offer from Bamber Gascoigne.
21 Oct 2015 / Telegraph