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 has a residency partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who will accompany all productions at the 2020 festival. The season will open on 5 June with Rossini’s La Cenerentola directed by Stephen Barlow and conducted by David Parry, while the following night Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Paul Curran will be conducted by Anthony Kraus. Francesco Cilluffo returns to The Grange Festival to conduct Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in a new production by Stephen Lawless. The Grange Festival’s 2020 season will also see the return of Dance@TheGrange directed by Wayne McGregor, concert performances of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo and directed by Paul Curran, and Jonathan Dove’s community opera The Monster in the Maze conducted by Alice Farnham and directed by Thomas Guthrie.