The Grange Festival - Northington
4 June 2020

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Belshazzar

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 7

What a treat to see members of The Sixteen letting their hair down
29 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Grange Festival delivers the first British staging of Handel’s Belshazzar
26 Jun 19 / The Article
Superb UK return for Handel's biblical oratorio
24 Jun 19 / The Guardian
Cycle of history: Daniel Slater's imaginative staging of Handel's Belshazzar at Grange Festival
24 Jun 19 / Planet Hugill
A remarkable achievement for a Festival in only its third year
24 Jun 19 / Music OMH
A conspicuous success for the increasingly rewarding habit of theatres to stage Handel’s Biblical epics
22 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Grange Festival hits the bull’s-eye with this enthralling show
22 Jun 19 / Telegraph
Le nozze di Figaro

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Very rewarding
16 Jun 19 / Classical Source
A classy Figaro at The Grange Festival
12 Jun 19 / Opera Today
You would have to be very cynical indeed not to be happy with this production
11 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Matrimonial mayhem
11 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Falstaff

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 4

The Grange Festival's Falstaff hits all the right notes
13 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
The Grange Festival has created a production which understands and respects the composer’s view
12 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Sheer enjoyment
12 Jun 19 / Planet Hugill
A glossy, uproarious spectacle
9 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Candide

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 2

The Grange Festival’s 2018 season ended, quite deservedly, with a standing ovation
11 Jul 18 / Music OMH
A memorable evening at a unique venue
10 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 7

John Copley’s production of this knockabout comedy works like a charm
4 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Comedy is slapstick
2 Jul 18 / Express
A silly posh panto
28 Jun 18 / The Spectator
As always with a Copley production, the focus is on the singers and the interactions between them
28 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Harem capers: Copley directs a knockabout Seraglio at Grange Festival
26 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Those for whom opera is primarily a matter of fine singing will have had a treat in this Entführung
26 Jun 18 / Opera Today
John Copley has done what he does best, which is to try to get close to honouring the composer’s intentions
26 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Agrippina

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Artistic director, Michael Chance, has a dazzling hit on his hands
24 Jun 18 / The Sunday Times
A stunning Agrippina
18 Jun 18 / Music OMH
In the second year at its home in Hampshire the Grange Festival has produced another baroque hit
18 Jun 18 / Express
Super performances, notably by Italian soprano Anna Bonitatibus as the deceptive and duplicitous Agrippina
13 Jun 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival
12 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Rushes along as if there’s no tomorrow
12 Jun 18 / Independent
This cracking production could have been written for the box-set age
12 Jun 18 / The Times
It actually left the audience wanting more
11 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Classy dissection of political chicanery
11 Jun 18 / The Guardian
A mischievous – if also somewhat self-deprecating – triumph for the Grange Festival
9 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Il barbiere di Siviglia

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Ludicrous, but brilliant
12 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
A clumsy sixth-form attempt to ape Monty Python-style surrealism
11 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Mansfield Park

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove
19 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park made a timely appearance, in operatic form
19 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Nice tea-time entertainment if you don't know the book
19 Sep 17 / Telegraph
A finely crafted, instantly attractive opera
19 Sep 17 / Classical Source
Jane Austen’s novel proves intractable material for Jonathan Dove’s derivative operatic setting
19 Sep 17 / The Stage
Albert Herring

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Herring was the standout production of its first season
15 Jul 17 / The Observer
The opera’s innocent pleasures get an expansive airing
4 Jul 17 / Independent
Britten’s opera feels still feels fresh after 70 years
28 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Gentle humour, period detail and a terrifying Lady Billows
27 Jun 17 / The Guardian
Everything perfectly comes together in this gem of a production
27 Jun 17 / Classical Source
The cast was a true ensemble one, without a weak link in its golden chain
27 Jun 17 / Music OMH
A real comedy of character, strong characterisations depicted with affectionate warmth
26 Jun 17 / Planet Hugill
John Copley directs a peach of an Albert Herring for Grange Festival
26 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Carmen

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Carmen au Kärcher
7 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
A striking Carmen at The Grange Festival
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
A perverse production
18 Jun 17 / Daily Mail
In the pit, Jean-Luc Tingaud brought a real sense of style
17 Jun 17 / Opera Today
There are glints of mischief and dark magic here
17 Jun 17 / The Times
Acute insights
17 Jun 17 / The Stage
The evening’s musical credentials are strong
17 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

The Grange Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Strong performances from the two leads at the centre of this vibrantly theatrical account of Monteverdi's late opera
26 Jun 17 / Planet Hugill
The musical direction is the chief joy of the evening
26 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Anna Bonitatibus, in sublime voice, conveys the implacable nobility of Penelope
19 Jun 17 / Express
A mixed affair
17 Jun 17 / The Stage
A bold and innovative launch to the new Grange Festival, let down by some sketchy characterisations and teething problems
17 Jun 17 / The Times
A new festival opens at the former home of Grange Park Opera
17 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
The staging's shallow, but the singing's superb
17 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Monteverdi's greatness shines
17 Jun 17 / The Guardian
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