Whether you prefer Shakespearean classics featuring unhinged kings or Italian love torn tragedies of epic proportions, we have the very best opera houses in the UK and their must-see productions…
1. Garsington Opera
Situated in the rolling Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, and only an hour away from London, Garsington Opera offers a collection of great artistic talent and quality. This summer’s season may have just drawn to a close, but the 2019 season already promises many a dulcet tone in four new productions, opening with Smetana’s The Bartered Bride on 29 May with Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin, 2016) as Mařenka. Michael Boyd (Eugene Onegin, 2016 and Pelléas et Mélisande, 2017) will direct Don Giovanni with Douglas Boyd conducting. In celebration of Offenbach’s bicentenary, Garsington brings the UK stage premiere of Fantasio and the final production of the seven week season will be Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. 29 May – 19 July 2019.
On the 28th of May in 1934, the very first Glyndebourne Opera Festival began, and has since been the centre of growing talent and beautiful productions. Shorthand for glamour. The original, exuberant outdoor cultural opera extravaganza will present a 2019 summer programme with works from Rossini, Massenet and Mozart. La damnation de Faust kicks off the season when Faust is pulled back from the brink of suicide by the appearance of smooth-talking Méphistophélès, who offers an alternative, from 18 May to 25 August.
3. Nevill Holt Opera
While it only had its first season in 2013, the Nevill Holt Opera has gone from strength to strength and provided continuous support to growing operatic stars. June 2018 marks the opening of the opera’s new theatre at the Nevill Holt estate – a 400-seat theatrical masterpiece, blending into the estate’s stable-block and espousing the interior characteristics of early courtyard theatre. The 2019 performance schedule will soon be announced.
4. The Grange Festival
In the heart of Hampshire, The Grange Festival is situated at the 17th-century country house, The Grange, surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside. As well as dance, the festival boasts operas as disparate as Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff and Belshazzar. The season also features [email protected], where classical and modern ballet feature alongside contemporary dance.
5. Opera Holland Park
Regarded as one of the most exciting Opera events in London, Holland Park Opera is an event not to be missed. Grab a picnic, pop open some champagne and enjoy Manon Lescaut and Un ballo in maschera in this year’s line-up, as well as L’arlesiana and Il segreto di Susanna & Iolanta. Perfect for the whole family or a romantic evening for two. 4 June – 3 August.
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