Champagne in the orchard

The Telegraph

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Booking opens Friday 18 February

Join us for the fantastic 2022 season, where three of the biggest names in the opera world – Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Joseph Calleja – will be showcasing their immense vocal firepower.

The whole experience of visiting Grange Park Opera, in the grounds of West Horsley Place, is beyond stylish – and the perfect way to spend a summer evening. The historic 14th-century house, which was inherited in 2014 by the author and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne from his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, sits on a 380-acre estate in the Surrey Hills, only 23 miles from London.

Guests arrive early to wander through the magnificent formal gardens, champagne glass in hand, soaking up the beauty of the setting. A short stroll through the ancient orchard – passing a 300-year-old mulberry tree – leads to the epic five-tier opera house, modelled on La Scala in Milan, with its rose-covered colonnade, abundant sweet peas and a cooling fountain.

Performances begin at around 6pm, with a long dining interval during which guests choose whether to picnic outside or dine inside the historic house, walking on the very stone flags trod by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. And it is the setting of BBC Ghosts. The summer season runs from Thursday, 9 June until Saturday, 16 July and Telegraph subscribers can enjoy these four operas, with priority access to tickets from Friday, 18 February until Tuesday, 8 March.


The Operas

Otello  Verdi
One of the world’s most influential and prolific directors, David Alden, wrings the drama from Verdi’s intense score in a stylish, urgent yet quietly moving production.

La Gioconda   Ponchielli
For one of the grandest of Italian grand operas, Grange Park Opera welcomes back the clarion tones of Joseph Calleja as the treacherous lover.

The Excursions of  Mr Broucek  Janacek
Opera giant David Pountney directs Janacek’s warm comedy of errors about a bourgeois landlord.

Der Fliegende Holländer  Wagner
Superstar Bryn Terfel is the ghostly seafaring Dutchman, allowed ashore every seven years to find a woman who will lift his curse and swear eternal love.