Based at The Grange in Hampshire, The Grange Festival was founded in 2016 and launched in June 2017, with Michael Chance as its Artistic Director. The festival’s artistic vision recognises the fundamental importance of storytelling to opera, pursued through a rich combination of musical, visual and dramatic arts.
The Grange Festival's 2023 season featured Mozart's Così fan tutte, a double bill of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades as well as a night of jazz in Ellington: From Stride to Strings, and Dance@TheGrange featuring Mark Morris Dance Company. Their 2022 season saw productions of Verdi’s Macbeth, Handel’s Tamerlano, and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard as well as evenings of dance and jazz.
The Grange Festival is committed to education and outreach. Through their Learning@TheGrange programme for schools and the local community, they share their passion for opera and dance with young and old alike. Their aim is to demystify opera and dance, and create exciting and stimulating opportunities to engage with the Hampshire public. They are committed to helping our local schools to keep the arts alive, engaging with young people and their teachers to spark creativity, build confidence and develop the emotional intelligence and balanced mental state they require for their future lives.