Sir John Tomlinson & Claire Barnett-Jones Lead Grange Festival Live Performances in August

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: English National Opera official website/Benjamin Ealovega)

The Grange Festival has announced a series of live performances between August 21-23, 2020.

Director Sinéad O’Neill has created “A Precipice,” an outdoor immersive poetic sequence using the many natural stages offered by the buildings at The Grange. Each performance will last an hour and will be presented to small guided audiences of up to 60 spectators at a time.

Famed English bass Sir John Tomlinson will sing a monologue from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” while two winners of Grange’s international singing competition, soprano Kiandra Howarth and mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones, will sing the flower duet from “Lakmé.”

Music Director John Andrews will lead members of The Grange Festival Chorus in performances of music by Francis Poulenc and Lili Boulanger. Further musical performances will include music from Johann Sebastian Bach, John Tavener, and Caroline Shaw, among others.

The Grange Festival has been forced to cancel this year’s full edition of the festival due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was set to open on June 5 and scheduled to run through July 12.