Grange Park Opera - West Horsley
27 November 2021

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The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A beautiful representation filled with creativity and pieces of information
27 Jul 21 / Daily Musicroll
A heartfelt if flawed new opera
25 Jul 21 / The Observer
Defying the odds: Litvinenko
21 Jul 21 / The Article
Anthony Bolton’s new opera of assassination and espionage fails to thrill
21 Jul 21 / OperaWire
Overlong and anonymous
17 Jul 21 / iNews
An impressive achievement
17 Jul 21 / The Stage
A thrilling – if imperfect – world premiere
17 Jul 21 / Bachtrack
Ivan the Terrible

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 9

El otro zar
1 Jul 21 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Wow, this is good
1 Jul 21 / The Spectator
A jewel set in Surrey, Grange Park Opera house was the scene for Rimsky-Korsakov’s drama
30 Jun 21 / Music OMH
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan the Terrible and his daughter evoke our sympathy
30 Jun 21 / The Article
Tendentious Stalin parallel mars engaging production of Rimsky-Korsakov opera
26 Jun 21 / Morning Star Online
A chilling 20th-century update
26 Jun 21 / iNews
Ivan the Terrible gets a modern makeover at Grange Park Opera
21 Jun 21 / Telegraph
Ivan the Terrible is never going to be mainstream, but that is what festivals are for
21 Jun 21 / Opera Today
Ivan not quite so Terrible
21 Jun 21 / Bachtrack
Falstaff

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Trademark high spirits and a genial Falstaff kick off Grange Park Opera’s summer season
20 Jun 21 / The Observer
Bryn Terfel is the melancholy anchor in a big-hearted production
15 Jun 21 / iNews
La bohème

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 2

An unsentimental and incisive ‘Bohème’ offers much food for thought
16 Jun 21 / OperaWire
Consumption or Covid?
15 Jun 21 / Bachtrack
L'Heure Espagnole

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A witty, tender new film of Ravel’s one-act farce is a delight
28 Mar 21 / OperaWire
GPO turns its hand to Ravel’s clock-shop comedy
28 Mar 21 / The Observer
Britischer Humor in spanischer Untermalung
25 Mar 21 / Opera Online (German)
A charming L’heure espagnole from Grange Park Opera
24 Mar 21 / Opera Today
Enjoyable adulterous antics from Grange Park Opera and their L’heure espagnole in a London antique clocks shop
23 Mar 21 / Seen and Heard
A “Spanish hour” in Kensington with Ravel and Grange Park Opera
23 Mar 21 / Bachtrack
A fun take on Ravel's good-time opera
22 Mar 21 / The Guardian
Owen Wingrave

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Beautifully directed by Stephen Medcalf, superbly sung
20 Dec 20 / The Observer
A stylish filmed treatment of Britten’s late masterpiece
15 Dec 20 / OperaWire
Owen Wingrave is in many ways an operatic companion piece to The Turn of the Screw, matching its psychological intensity
11 Dec 20 / Opera Today
Britten's cinderella opera?
11 Dec 20 / Bachtrack
Grange Park Opera’s Owen Wingrave adds mystery to Britten’s meaning
10 Dec 20 / Seen and Heard
Grange Park Opera setzt mit ihrer Filmproduktion Owen Wingrave von Benjamin Britten ein starkes
10 Dec 20 / Opera Online (German)
A Feast in the Time of Plague

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Ópera en tiempos de COVID: Última cena en la Grange Park Opera
10 Nov 20 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A Feast in the Time of Plague may not be the vaccine we hunger for, but is still a considerable achievement
17 Oct 20 / Seen and Heard
Grange Park Opera serves up a delicious cast for the world premiere of Alex Woolf and David Pountney’s timely new opera
20 Sep 20 / The Observer
A Feast in the Time of Plague: an opera for our times
This weekend the world gets its first look at an opera commissioned during the COVID-19 lockdown. Jansson J. Antmann talks to the librettist and director David Pountney.
Porgy and Bess

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Un oasis en medio del racismo gubernamental contemporáneo
1 Aug 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Midsummer murders
18 Jun 19 / The Critics' Circle
The standard of singing is very high, with several principals really standing out
11 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Polished Porgy: Gershwin triumphs in Surrey
11 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
There can be little excuse to miss this impressive production
11 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Hansel und Gretel

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A very pleasant evening at Grange Park Opera
6 Jul 19 / London News Online
A highly musically literate and satisfying evening
29 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Revamped fairy tale casts its spell
26 Jun 19 / Evening Standard
Into the Woods
26 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
As the children, Caitlin Hulcup and Soraya Mafi are outstanding
25 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Don Carlo

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A claustrophobic affair
27 Jun 19 / Classical Source
The quality of the playing and the inspired direction were among the evening’s chief pleasures
18 Jun 19 / Music OMH
English Summer Opera gets underway
12 Jun 19 / The Article
A satisfying Don Carlo opens Grange Park Opera 2019
11 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Exceptional Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera
10 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Verdi's Don Carlo returns to Grange Park Opera in Jo Davies & Leslie Travers stylish & imaginative production
10 Jun 19 / Planet Hugill
Gripping historical drama, powerfully sung
8 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Pushkin

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 5

This was the best thing so far this summer, and the audience acknowledged so with a standing ovation
18 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Pushkin in the Home Counties: does a new Anglo-Russian opera shed light on the famous poet?
17 Jul 18 / The Calvert Journal
A flamboyant epic
15 Jul 18 / The Observer
A very moving evening exploring one of Russia’s greatest figures
14 Jul 18 / Music OMH
It’s a big show to transport from Moscow for only two performances, and the first-night audience gave it a standing ovation
13 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Un Ballo in Maschera

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 9

The king is dead! But does anybody care?
10 Jul 18 / Music OMH
Verdi's complex opera in its American setting with some strong individual performances
2 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
Claire Rutter gives a performance of scorching intensity as Amelia
25 Jun 18 / Express
A fair, if unremarkable, show
24 Jun 18 / The Sunday Times
Grange Park Opera travels to America
19 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera
12 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Verdi goes west in uneven horse opera
12 Jun 18 / Independent
Grange Park Opera's second season at its new Surrey home opens with Verdi's A Masked Ball
12 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Gianluca Marcianò, with the ENO Orchestra, judges the score without any sense of exaggeration
11 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Roméo et Juliette

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Olena Tokar is surely a star in the making
4 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Moderne et respectueux
4 Jul 18 / Forum Opéra
An elegant new production
2 Jul 18 / The Observer
Gounod's lush score gets the full romantic treatment by the ENO orchestra under conductor Stephen Barlow
2 Jul 18 / Express
Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley
29 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Sexy hints of affluence with top notes of fascism
28 Jun 18 / The Spectator
Patrick Mason signe une production transposée dans l’Italie des chemises noires
28 Jun 18 / Anaclase
One of the pleasures of summer opera is that it always comes up with singers you want to hear more of,
28 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Juliette bravo
26 Jun 18 / The Critics' Circle
A disappointing new staging of Gounod's Shakespeare opera
26 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Making political or sociological points was the last thing on Gounod’s mind
26 Jun 18 / The Times
An overly genteel staging of an operatic dud
26 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Oklahoma

Grange Park Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Grange Park Opera travels to America
19 Jun 18 / Opera Today
A full-on Freudian Oklahoma! at Grange Park Opera
14 Jun 18 / The Spectator
A memorable evening all round
13 Jun 18 / Music OMH
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
Grange Park Opera displays its compelling Die Walküre in its new West Horsley home
4 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
What is the Pitt Rivers Museum doing in Valhalla?
4 Jul 17 / Music OMH
In need of more energy
3 Jul 17 / The Stage
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
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
Museum piece? Stephen Medcalf offers an intriguing Walküre at Grange Park Opera
30 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Wagner’s epic shines in compelling staging with strong cast
30 Jun 17 / The Arts Desk
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
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
Grange Park Opera settles into its new home with a stirring Tosca
12 Jun 17 / The Observer
Grange Park Opera unveils its new home with Puccini's popular shocker
10 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Grange Park Opera's inaugural Tosca
10 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
A conventional production, a remarkable venue
10 Jun 17 / The Stage
Routine approach to a familiar old warhorse
10 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Puccini's Tosca is here uneven, although rescued with some standout moments
10 Jun 17 / Classical Source
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
Business as usual
20 Jun 17 / The Critics' Circle
A heart-rending Jenůfa at Grange Park Opera
20 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Grange Park Opera revives WNO's long-lived Katie Mitchell production
19 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Natalya Romaniw’s Jenůfa and Susan Bullock’s Kostelnička stand out
19 Jun 17 / Music OMH
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
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.
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News & Articles

Grange Park Opera announces its 2022 Season
Grange Park Opera, Surrey has announced its 2022 season, which will feature operas by Janáček, Ponchielli, Verdi, and Wagner.
30 Sep 2021 / OperaWire
Grange Park Opera announces 2021 season
It’s been a ‘challenging’ year, but what has kept us going is to focus on the future: 2021 at Grange Park Opera, Surrey, 10 June - 17 July 2021.
6 Aug 2020 / Opera Today
Grange Park to stage first new opera since lockdown
The newly commissioned work, A Feast in the Time of Plague, is based on a poetic fragment by Alexander Pushkin, and will be performed at The Theatre in the Woods in September.
4 Aug 2020 / Opera Now
Grange Park Opera launches ‘Found Season’ of original performances
Grange Park Opera, which was due to launch its 2020 summer festival this week, has announced that the show will go in its ‘Found Season’ of live performances.
2 Jun 2020 / Opera Now
Grange Park Opera
A look inside the company's new Surrey home.
7 Jun 2019 / Evening Standard