Grange Festival Announces 2020 Season, Including Community Opera

By David Salazar

The Grange Festival has announced its 2020 season which will feature a number of major operas and even its first fully-stage community opera.

The season kicks off with a production of “La Cenerentola” by director Stephen Barlow and conductor David Parry. Josè Maria Lo Monaco takes on the lead role with Nico Darmanin as the prince.

Performance Dates: June 5-July 2, 2020

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” returns with Anthony Kraus conducting a cast that includes Patrick Terry, Rhian Lois, Chris Darmanin, Eleanor Dennis, Roberto Lorenzi, Angharad Lyddon, Peter Kirk, Ben Johnson, and Johnny Herford, among others.

Performance Dates: June 6-24, 2020

Elin Pritchard takes on the title role in “Manon Lescaut.” The Puccini opera also stars Samuel Sakker and Nicholas Lester. Francesco Cilluffo conducts a production by Stephen Lawless.

Performance Dates: June 21-July 12, 2020

Alfonso Casado Trigo and director Guy Unsworth join forces for a production of “My Fair Lady.”

Performance Dates: July 3,4, 2020

The festival ends with Jonathan Dove’s children opera “The Monster in the Maze.” Alice Farnham conducts and Thomas Guthrie directs. The cast features Xavier Hetherington as Theseus, Henry Waddington as Daedalus, Yvonne Howard as Mother, and over 200 members of the local Hampshire community (120 children, teenagers, parents and grandparents aged between 7 and 70+, as well as 80 musicians from the Hampshire Country Youth Orchestra) as the people of Athens. Stephen Fry will appear in a recording as the voice of Minos, King of Crete.

Performance Dates: July 18, 19, 2020