Opera festival returns with Scott’s dark tale

Winslow Hall
Winslow Hall

The region’s newest opera festival is returning for a third season.

Winslow Hall Opera is staging Donizetti’s effervescent Scottish drama, Lucia di Lammermoor, in September.

Based on Sir Walter Scott’s 1819 novel The Bride of Lammermoor, the darkly romantic tale of family honour, betrayal and madness is set in the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland in the 17th century.

The title role is taken by Elena Xanthoudakis, described as a “wonderful Greek/Australian soprano, with a dash of Scots thrown in”. Argentinian Tenor Pablo Bemsch takes the role of Edgardo, Romanian baritone Vasile Chisiu the role of Enrico.

UK bass baritone Chris Foster plays Raimondo and Gianluca Paganelly, who played Don Jose in last year’s production of Carmen, sings the role of Arturo. Rounding out the cast are Andre apolis as Normanno and Laur Kelly as Alisa.

Winslow Hall Opera is 
the cherished project of 
Winslow Hall owner Christopher Gilmour.

For the first time this year, the production will be directed by Mr Gilmour’s brother, Oliver, who has been principal conductor at the Bulgarian State Opera and last year became artistic director of Dubrovnik Summer Opera.

Also for the first time this year, Winslow Hall Opera will be fundraising for GreatHorwood-based charity Medical Detection Dogs.

Early bird prices are offered on bookings before July 15. Visit www.winslowhallopera.co.uk for more details.