Welcome to Winslow Hall Opera.
“Winslow Hall......The finest surviving house built by England’s greatest architect, Sir Christopher Wren and is a trophy almost without rival. As you approach through the gently rolling north Buckinghamshire countryside, the house, near Aylesbury, stands proud of every building... like a Cunard Queen, complete with soaring funnels... Better still this is the Rolls-Royce of English domestic architecture... which is as handsomely detailed as the Royal Hospital at Chelsea.”
“There’s an inviting convivial atmosphere about Winslow Hall, a large country house, designed by Christopher Wren.........It all adds to the atmosphere of being part of an exclusive club. This was like travelling back in time to catch the early days of established events at Glyndebourne or Garsington and experiencing them at their purest”.
“WINSLOW HALL PROVIDES A LESS MANICURED - AND MORE GENIAL - EXPERIENCE THAN GLYNDEBOURNE OR GARSINGTON .... THIS LUCIA, DIRECTED BY DAVID PENN AND CONDUCTED BY OLIVER GILMOUR SUSTAINED POWERFUL MOMENTUM.”
“The visitor experience is endearingly friendly, and the marquee provided an unexpectedly good acoustic environment.”
"THE WINSLOW HALL PRODUCTION OF LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR GETS FULL MARKS... staged in a marquee at Winslow Hall ... is a triumph, almost without qualification.”
“Lucia at Winslow Hall had everything one could hope for: a wonderful setting, a terrific orchestra conducted with impeccable sensitivity and great flair by Oliver Gilmour, and a dynamic cast topped by the glorious Elena Xanthoudakis as Lucia. I am already looking forward to next Summer and another visit to Winslow Hall”.
"AUSTRALIAN SOPRANO IS STUNNING IN LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR”
“The three principle singers are outstanding ......In such a convincing performance, the greatness of Donizetti’s opera is manifest”.
“The Mad Scene was genuinely harrowing......Elena Xanthoudakis's clear lyric sound has striking immediacy....Her Edgardo, the Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch sang with consistent style and beauty and unforced pathos....His gentle, almost studious stage persona contrasted with the splendidly saturnine Enrico of Vasile Chisiu, powering through his lines with mellow vibrant tone.”
“....and it was magnificent ....The Lucia of Winslow Hall was a wholly satisfying event. It was modest in its budget, but successfully ambitious in its aspirations.”
“NEWCOMER SHINES IN A CROWDED FIELD”
“I was surprised and delighted by the quality of the performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor-not an easy opera to pull off by any means.......I enjoyed the performance enormously - what a wonderfully rich and involving opera Lucia is."
“CAN CHRISTOPHER GILMOUR’S WINSLOW HALL BECOME THE FOURTH ‘G’ OF ENGLAND’S COUNTRY-HOUSE OPERA SCENE (GLYNDEBOURNE, GARSINGTON, THE GRANGE)?”