Masked opera comes to Winslow

Christopher Gilmour
Christopher Gilmour

The annual opera extravaganza returns to Winslow Hall this summer with a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

The grounds of this stunning Sir Christopher Wren mansion provide a beautiful setting for the majestic music of opera and have previously played host to productions of Don Giovanni and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Winslow Hall owner Christopher Gilmour’s brother Oliver will return to conduct with his London orchestra, and Carmen Jakobi, who directed Don Giovanni last year, will return as director this year.

Un Ballo in Maschera is based on the love triangle of Riccardo, his friend Renato and Renato’s wife Amelia whom Riccardo loves.

Events include a meeting with the fortune teller Ulrica and a masked ball.

Oliver has assembled a fabulous cast including Rosalind Plowright as Ulrica, Tsvetana Bandalovska as Amelia, Stephen Aviss as Riccardo, Caroline Kennedy as Oscar and Vasile Chisiu as Renato.

The opera will be performed on the following dates and times:

Friday July 7 at 6.30pm; Sunday July 9 at 3pm; Tuesday July 11 at 6pm; Thursday July 13 at 6pm; Saturday July 15 at 5pm; and Sunday July 16 at 3pm.

At all the evening performances there will be an 85 minute supper interval, while the interval for the 3pm Sunday matinees will be 30 minutes. However, the gardens of the Hall will be open from noon on the Sundays for those who would like to picnic before the opera begins.

Tickets cost from £75 to £95, but there is a discount of £10 per ticket if booked before May 15.

To book tickets contact the box office via email at operawinslowhall@gmail.com or call 07544 726501.

Emails are answered on a frequent basis, and the box office telephone line is open from 9am until noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are a limited number of gazebos available for Friends of Winslow Hall Opera.

Further details can be found at www.winslowhallopera.co.uk