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Opera

Festival finest

1 July 2023

9:00 AM

1 July 2023

9:00 AM

The Queen of Spades

The Grange Festival, in rep until 2 July

Ariadne auf Naxos

Garsington Opera, in rep until 21 July

Werther

Royal Opera House, until 4 July

In opera, as in so much high-budget entertainment, expectation management is half the battle. With its massive Greek Revival mansion, approached through miles of rolling parkland, The Grange Festival has the grandest setting of any of the summer festivals; and that might have something to do with why the opera served up there has so often felt less than overwhelming.

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