Our Summer festivals are finding ways to replace 2020’s lost seasons with some element of performance ranging from Grange Park Opera’s on-line Found Season to Nevill Holt Opera’s concerts in their gardens, and Garsington Opera has just announced plans for semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio. Now the Grange Festival has announced out-door promenade performances of a new theatrical event Precipice.
Taking place on 21-23 August 2020 at The Grange, Hampshire, Precipice has been created by director Sinéad O’Neill and designed by Joanna Parker, and will take advantage of the various locations offered by the venue. Lasting around an hour, a small audience will be guided through a sequence of events involving spoken text by the actor, writer and director Tonderai Monyevu, along with musical performances from Sir John Tomlinson (performing Hans Sach’s Act Two monologue from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, two prize-winners from the 2019 Grange Festival International Singing Competition soprano Kiandra Howarth and mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones (in the flower duet from Delibes’ Lakme), and John Andrews conducting the Grange Festival Chorus in music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, Lili Boulanger, John Tavener and Caroline Shaw. There will be dance from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and South African dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November of Ballet Black.
There will be four performances each day, on 21, 22, 23 August 2020. Full details from the Grange Festival website.