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Performer: Stephen Medcalf

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West HorsleyOwen Wingrave

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James Henshaw; Stephen Medcalf; Grange Park Opera; Richard Berkeley-Steele; Ross Ramgobin; Susan Bullock; Janis Kelly
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A sparkling Seraglio from English Touring Opera

Matthew Stiff (Osmin) and John-Colyn Gyeantey (Belmonte) © Jane Hobson
English Touring Opera open their autumn season with the first of two Singspiels. 
****1
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Into the Woods: Hansel and Gretel at Grange Park Opera

Soraya Mafi (Gretel) and Caitlin Hulcup (Hansel) © Richard Hubert Smith
Darkness sits alongside comedy in a new production of Humperdinck's delicious children's opera.
***11
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Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stephen Medcalf directs a coherent staging of Mozart’s opera seria in which Idomeneo’s inner demons are to be battled. 
***11
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Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera

Claire Rutter (Amelia) and Vincenzo Costanzo (Riccardo) © Robert Workman
Grange Park Opera’s enjoyable new production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera looks a little homespun on stage, but has plenty of musical compensations.
***11
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Menotti's fiercely topical Consul at Guildhall

Michelle Alexander (Magda Sorel) © Clive Barda
Guildhall School of Music and Drama tackles Gian Carlo Menotti's rarity, a tale of stateless and paperless 'citizens of nowhere' seeking refuge amid Kafkaesque bureaucracy. 
****1
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Museum piece? Walküre at Grange Park Opera

Jane Dutton (Brünnhilde) and Thomas Hall (Wotan) © Robert Workman
Trophy room glass display cases and glassy-eyed stuffed animals are the setting for a distinctive take on Wagner's epic music drama. 
****1
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