The Grange Festival’s 2017 season will comprise new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring. 

The latter three works will receive their first performances at the Grange.

Performances of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria will mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth. The performances will be unconducted, with Tim Supple as director and the festival’s artistic director Michael Chance (pictured above) taking on the musical direction.

Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna – whose recording cycle of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas has been widely praised – will give two concert performances of Così fan tutte.

Albert Herring will conducted by Britten specialist Steuart Bedford and directed by John Copley, and Jean-Luc Tingaud will conduct a production of Carmen directed by Annabel Arden and designed by Joanna Parker.

Critic Rupert Christiansen (Telegraph) praised the festival on a ‘well-balanced and impressive-sounding programme’.

Further details will be announced in due course.