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International Friends


The Grange Festival has been travelling abroad: Hong Kong and New York

In March 2019 a group from The Grange Festival arrived in New York to launch American Friends of The Grange Festival. Our first recital was generously hosted by Michele Beiny Harkins and was followed by masterclasses and auditions held by Michael Chance and Gerald Martin Moore. Two years later, with the invaluable pro bono work of Brown Rudnick and the tireless efforts of Sarah Baker, our Executive Director in the USA, the American Friends of The Grange Festival is now registered as a nonprofit in the State of Connecticut.

We now have an accomplished and enthusiastic Board of Trustees and Advisory Board (see page 120). They will work on special projects, supporting our mission for a strong cross-cultural relationship between the US and Great Britain, especially continuing to support artistic mentoring, masterclasses and co-productions. In 2022, we have two special projects: an exciting co-production with a leading American opera house and From Blues to Rhapsody, with 23Arts Initiative.

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The Grange Festival in Hong Kong

With the tireless support of Rumiko Hasegawa and Sonia Ponnusamy, we continue to grow our network of Friends in Hong Kong and welcome more visitors to the Festival every summer. This winter we shall further cement our collaboration with a screening of a cutting edge production of La Bohème produced by Rumiko and her energetic company More than Musical. Our ambition to continue our activity in Hong Kong has been interrupted by Covid, but plans will be made once again when international travel is easier.

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Our Festival Friends ensure the success of each festival and are essential to sustaining the high quality of opera at The Grange.