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”.
“The visitor experience is endearingly friendly, and the marquee provided an unexpectedly good acoustic environment.”
Oliver Gilmour [Winslow Hall Opera’s music director] is a seasoned professional conductor who early on was soaking up the appearances of the great conductors – Karajan and Bernstein included – as a student in Vienna. He cites Giulini and Carlos Kleiber among his idols. Later appointments followed but one of the most important for him was the opera house at Rousse in northern Bulgaria, long hailed as a centre of East European musical and vocal excellence.
Gilmour conducted [Così fan tutte] with a sure sense of dramatic pace and Mozartian style; the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra responded with playing of suppleness and delicacy.