An interesting programme is planned for the 2013 Grange Park Opera Festival. Claire Rutter (this year's Madama Butterfly) is returning to sing Elvira in I Puritani in a production directed by Stephen Langridge, conducted by Gianluca Marciano. Then Stephen Medcalf's production of Eugene Onegin (at Nevill Holt this year) makes is appearance at the Grange. The third opera of the season is Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, conducted by Stephen Barlow and directed by John Doyle with Anne-Sophie Duprels as Blanche, Sara Fulgoni as Mere Marie and Anne-Marie Owens as the Old Prioress - I can't wait!
Next year will mark as change of format as the Grange Park Opera Rising Star will no longer be performing at Nevill Holt. Instead they will perform Messager's Fortunio at Grange Park Opera and then take the production to the Buxton Festival and London's Cadogan Hall. Fortunio was one of the last operas we saw at Grange Park before they re-built the theatre, its a charming piece and I look forward to seeing it again.