Grange Park Opera Announces Its 2020 Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Grange Park Opera has announced the 2020 Festival.

The season will open with a world premiere of Anthony Bolton and librettist Kit Hesketh-Harvey’s “The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko.” The new opera will be based on the true story of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 and died in 2006.

The cast will include Andrew Watts as head of the FSB, Andrew Slater as Boris Berezovsky, Adrian Dwyer as the victim and Rebecca Bottone as his wife. The work will use a full chorus and a 52-piece orchestra. Bolton’s musical language is contemporary, yet incorporates the lyrical tradition of the Russian masters. The opera is sung in English, with some choruses in Russian.

Performance Dates: July 16-18, 2020

The season will also include Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” starring Joseph Calleja as Enzo, Amanda Echalaz in the title role, and Ruxandra Dunose is Laura. The work will be conducted by Gianluca Marciano and directed by Stephen Medcalf.

Performance Dates: June 7-July 12, 2020

Puccini’s “La Bohéme” is set to star American tenor Cody Austin and Irish soprano Ailish Tynan alongside Gyula Nagy and Gemma Summerfield.

Performance Dates: June 20-July 19, 2020

Audiences will also get to see “Meet Me in St. Louis,” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. The beloved musical was made famous by Judy Garland at the peak of her career.

Performance Dates: June 6-July 2, 2020

The festival is set to open on June 6 and closes on July 19, 2020.