News & Reviews

Club Figaro 2019 | The Christmas Party

December 2018 I’m just about to step inside a Victorian time capsule to meet next year’s Figaro characters, Susanna and Basilio, at the Grange Festival’s Christmas party. It’s being held...

Club Figaro 2019

Clubbers: Jamie and Carolyn Balfour, Robert and Fiona Boyle, Tom and Sarah  Floyd, Christopher and Frances Kemball   2017 – 2018:  The time it took to become Club Figaro 2019. My...

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: ‘good people like to work with good people’

Out of the blue comes a phone call. A freelance career is based on those to a certain extent. Certainly mine has been. But this one was a bit different....

Akram Khan at The Grange

HAMPSHIRE’S Grange Festival has been working with celebrated dance maker Akram Khan. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Khan has spent four weeks in rehearsals at The Grange creating his much-anticipated new...

Festival Booking 2018

After The Grange Festival’s triumphant inaugural season, Artistic Director Michael Chance CBE today announced a 2018 summer season full of “fun, wit, humour and brilliance.” In June and July 2018,...

British soprano Rowan Pierce wins first prize in The Grange Festival International Singing Competition

Rowan Pierce, 27, has won £7,500 and a role in a future production by The Grange Festival at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition. At yesterday’s final [Sunday 24...

The silence of the lamb: giving Mansfield Park’s Fanny Price a voice

When I first read Mansfield Park, I heard music. That doesn’t always happen when I read, and it certainly didn’t happen with Jane Austen’s other novels. But there’s something about...

The Grange Festival becomes first Country House Opera Festival to appoint a Director of Dance

Wayne McGregor announced as Director of Dance @ The Grange, in a partnership with Studio Wayne McGregor, to present exclusive evenings of dance at The Grange Festival. Edward Watson, Principal...

Celebrity chef Mike Robinson and Champagne Gosset to create new gastronomic dining experience for The Grange Festival

Celebrity chef Mike Robinson and Champagne Gosset will create a new gastronomic experience for audiences at the inaugural season of The Grange Festival, the UK’s newest country house opera festival,...