Grange Park Opera to Present Filmed ‘Owen Wingrave’ As Part of Fall 2020 Season

By David Salazar

Grange Park Opera has announced that it will be filming Benjamin Britten’s “Owen Wingrave,” with audiences able to view the work between September and December 2020.

The opera will be filmed on location in haunted houses throughout Surrey and London.

“The opera requires a dozen interiors, which are well-nigh impossible to achieve on a theatre stage. However, filmed on location, we can have the Wingraves living in a real house, playing out their poisonous squabbles,” stated Grange Park Opera CEO Wasfi Kani. “In addition to its being an expression of Britten’s own pacifism, he was also reported as saying ‘Owen Wingrave’ was partly a response to the Vietnam War. We are setting our production in 2001 on the brink of the war with Afghanistan which disgusts Owen, but inflames his spinster aunt – played by Wagnerian soprano Susan Bullock.”

Bullock will be joined by Ross Ramgobin in the title role alongside William Dazeley, Janis Kelly, James Way, Madeleine Pierard, Kitty Whately, and Richard Berkeley Steele.

Stephen Medcalf directs with James Henshaw conducting. Fintan O’Connor will lead the video production.

The filmed opera is part of a new Interim Season that will feature 19 performances featuring more than 60 artists; all performances will be featured online for free between Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 2020.

The program includes performances by Simon Keenlyside, Ailish Tynan, and Nicky Spence, among others.