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Full marks to GRANGE PARK OPERA for spot­ting an un­der-sung an­niver­sary. After the ‘ye-ha!’ of Ok­la­homa!, Roméo et Juliette bags the Gounod bi­cen­te­nary. Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Bo­yarsky’s Pushkin fol­low.

( 7 June – 12 July; +44 (0)1962 737373, grangepark­

Back at Grange Park Opera’s old Hamp­shire stamp­ing ground THE

GRANGE FES­TI­VAL in­tro­duces dance as well as Han­del’s Agrip­pina, a new

John Co­p­ley pro­duc­tion of Mozart’s Ab­duc­tion from the Seraglio and a con­cert per­for­mance of Bern­stein’s Can­dide

( 7 June – 12 July; +44 (0)1962 791020, the­grange­fes­ti­

In Peto’s Ital­ianate gar­den near Bath,

IFORD ARTS is go­ing the ex­tra mile with Bern­stein’s Can­dide. Di­rected by Jeff Clarke, six per­for­mances lead off a fes­ti­val whose blooms in­clude Han­del’s Partenope and Puc­cini’s Madam

But­terf ly. ( 26 May – 4 Au­gust; +44 (0)1225 448844, ifor­ GARS­ING­TON OPERA, mean­while un­veils a new opera by David Sawer. Based on Roberto Bo­laño’s novel,

The Skat­ing Rink joins Strauss’s Capric­cio, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s ir­re­press­ible Fal­staff in Worm­s­ley’s airy opera pavil­ion.

( 31 May – 22 July; +44 (0)1865 361636, gars­ington­

There’s more Strauss at


where Ari­adne auf Naxos shares con­duc­tor An­thony Ne­gus and the fes­ti­val orches­tra with Wag­ner’s The Fly­ing Dutch­man. And Ari­adne (so­prano He­lena Dix) isn’t the only feisty hero­ine. Verdi’s La travi­ata and Mon­teverdi’s L’in­coro­n­azione di Pop­pea ex­press sol­i­dar­ity. ( 6 June – 2 Au­gust;

+44 (0)1451 830292,

Head­ing north, NEVILL HOLT chris­tens its new stage with a bold pair­ing: Mozart’s The Mar­riage of

Fi­garo, and Adès’s Pow­der her Face in the North­ern Ire­land Opera pro­duc­tion by Antony Mcdon­ald. ( 14-30 June; +44 (0)115 846 7777, nevill­holt­

Stream of song: Iford Arts hosts works by Bern­stein and Han­del

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