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The Top 7 Opera Houses in the UK

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Whether you prefer Shakespearean classics featuring unhinged kings or Italian love torn tragedies of epic proportions, we have the very best opera houses in the UK and their must-see productions…

Best Opera Houses in the UK

Garsington Opera

Best Opera Houses in the UK: Garsington Opera

Situated in the rolling Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, and only an hour away from London, Garsington Opera offers a collection of great artistic talent and quality. Their 2020 season commences on 1 June with Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and a new community opera by Roxanna Panufnik, Dalia.

Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera is housed in The Theatre in the Woods, a five-tier opera house at 500-year-old West Horsley Place, on the edge of London and close to the Surrey Hills. Known as a demi-Eden, visitors can enjoy the historic walled gardens, sun-dappled woodland, a 300-year old orchard and the sprawling ancient house, West Horsley Place. Not to mention the entertainment; the summer line-up features La Gioconda, Otello and The Excursions of Mr BroucekFind the full programme here.

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne Festival

On 28 May 1934, the very first Glyndebourne Opera Festival began, and has since been the centre of growing talent and beautiful productions. The original, exuberant outdoor cultural opera extravaganza will present a 2022 summer programme including The Wreckers, Poulenc Double Bill and George Frideric Handel’s AlcinaFind the full programme here.

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Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Theatre

While it only had its first season in 2013, the Nevill Holt Opera has gone from strength to strength and provided continuous support to growing operatic stars. June 2018 marked the opening of the opera’s new theatre at the Nevill Holt estate – a 400-seat theatrical masterpiece, blending into the estate’s stable-block and espousing the interior characteristics of early courtyard theatre. Find the full programme here.

The Grange Festival

opera houses: The Grange Festival

In the heart of Hampshire, The Grange Festival is situated in 17th Century country house The Grange, surrounded by beautiful countryside views. The festival boasts operas as disparate as Macbeth, Tamerlano and The Yeoman of the GuardThe season also features [email protected], where classical and modern ballet feature alongside contemporary dance. Find the full programme here.

Opera Holland Park

opera houses: Opera Holland Park

Regarded as one of the most exciting Opera events in London, Opera Holland Park is a one not to be missed. Grab a picnic, pop open some champagne and enjoy Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Little Women and morePerfect for the whole family or a romantic evening for two. Find the full programme here.

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

A historic staple in London’s cultural scene, the Royal Opera House showcases a range of operas and ballets, too. Th ROH is constantly updating its year-round schedule, with shows like Tosca and Rigoletto taking centre stage in early 2022. Find the full programme here

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