Die Walküre: Interview with Stephen Medcalf & Stephen Barlow

June 2, 2017

We spoke to Stephen Medcalf, director and Stephen Barlow, conductor of Die Walküre and their passion for Wagner, being part of the inaugural season at West Horsley Place and the relationship between director and conductor…

Richard Morrison: How to build an opera house for a song — and in less than a year

We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but if Wasfi Kani had been in charge I’m pretty sure the eternal city would have gone up in 12 months. And at no cost to the senate, because Kani — one of the most driven individuals I’ve ever known…

Country house audiences are spoilt for choice this year

May 28, 2017

Kani, already on notice to quit Hampshire, swiftly approached Gascoigne with a plan and the result is the circular 700-seater Theatre in the Woods, built from scratch in 11 months in his 350-acre grounds. The theatre, put up by contractor Martin Smith, is now ready enough for singers to run through their paces…