Festival Chorus in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
With Grange Park Opera
The playboy Riccardo loves masked balls. But, as predicted by a fortune-teller, they prove to be the death of him – he is murdered in full view of his court. The assassin that wields the knife amid the glitter and the dancing, has stumbled on the love affair Riccardo is secretly pursuing with his wife. The only outcome is revenge.
Creative Team and Cast
Creative Team and Cast
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Conductor: Gianluca Marciano
Designer: Jamie Vartan
Costume Designer: Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer: David Plater
Choreographer: Lynne Hockney
Amelia: Claire Rutter
Riccardo: Vincenzo Costanzo
Ulrica: Elisabetta Fiorillo
Renato: Roland Wood
Oscar: Tereza Gevorgyan
Sam: Matthew Buswell
Tom: Matthew Stiff
With the Orchestra of English National Opera
About Grange Park Opera
In less than two decades, Grange Park Opera has established itself as one of Europe’s leading opera festivals.
In 2017 the company relocated to West Horsley Place, Surrey, and in eleven months built a five-storey opera house modelled on La Scala, Milan. The Times Arts Awards acknowledged the achievement as the “Fastest construction of an opera house in history”.
A demi-Eden of glowing brick façades, framed by antique box hedges and walled gardens, sit in the midst of a 300-acre estate slumbering in the Surrey countryside. Behind the 15th century house, an walled ancient orchard opens into a woodland: the setting for our opera house – the Theatre in the Woods.
West Horsley Place was inherited in 2015 by author Bamber Gascoigne from his aunt Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe. He gifted the estate to the Mary Roxburghe Trust.
“West Horsley Place is a glorious and sprawling ancient house, grand but welcoming, formal gardens with secret corners for picnickers and gazebos, a sense of history and occasion, a crinkle crankle wall extending the length of one garden and beyond into the orchard (too majestic to describe) and barns and outbuildings and aged trees and box hedges. What happens there will be a gift to lovers of opera, as well as the young audiences who will be attracted to all the other projects and events which will breathe new life into this demi–Eden.” - Joanna Lumley