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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Grange Festival reveals 2018 season

10:59, 10th November 2017

The Grange Festival’s 2018 summer season will feature new productions of Handel’s Agrippina, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.

The season will open with DANCE@THEGRANGE. Wayne McGregor will launch his first season as director of dance by co-curating an evening of contemporary work performed by Company Wayne McGregor, alongside classical iconic ballet pieces performed by dancers including Edward Watson.

Michael Chance, director Walter Sutcliffe and designer Jon Bausor will join forces to create a new production of Handel’s Agrippina. Anna Bonitatibus will lead a cast including Ashley Riches, Raffaele Pe and Stefanie True.

The Barber of Seville will reunite director Stephen Barlow and designer Howard Hudson. David Parry will conduct a cast featuring John Irvin, Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Charles Rice, David Soar, Riccardo Novaro and Jennifer Rhys-Davies.

A new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio will bring together conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, director John Copley and designer Tim Reed. The cast will include Kiandra Howarth, Daisy Brown, Ed Lyon, Paul Curievici and Jonathan Lemalu.

The season will also include a performance of Bernstein’s Candide to mark the composer’s centenary year. Alfonso Casado will conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Grange Festival Chorus, with Christopher Luscombe directing the production.

The season will see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music continue their residencies with the Festival. The BSO will appear in Rossini, Mozart and Bernstein, and the Academy of Ancient Music will play for the Handel.

Artistic director Michael Chance said the season would be full of ‘fun, wit, humour and brilliance.’

He continued: ‘After the successes of our inaugural season, I am proud of the variety on offer for our second Festival. Part of my job at the Grange is to make sure we put on ambitious shows, with high musical standards and production values, bringing the best talents to the stage of our jewel box theatre in this glorious corner of Hampshire.’

The Grange Festival’s 2018 season will run 7 June – 8 July 2018.

www.thegrangefestival.co.uk

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