First class opera in an intimate, historic setting in Buckinghamshire.
Winslow Hall, described by Marcus Binney as the finest surviving house built by England's greatest architect Sir Christopher Wren provides a stunning backdrop for Winslow Hall Opera,which is celebrating its seventh opera season.
Stunning gardens, beautiful views and an informal atmosphere make a visit to Winslow Hall Opera a wonderful experience.
"Despite being a difficult opera to pull off, Winslow Hall's production has genuine merit. The visitor experience is endearingly friendly, and the marquee provided an unexpectedly good acoustic environment.I was surprised by the quality of the performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor - - I enjoyed the performance enormously"
★★★★ Newcomer shines in a crowded field The Daily Telegraph
The production was a triumph, almost without qualification- all the dramatic moments emerging with an impact I haven’t experienced before. The three principal singers were outstanding”
★★★★ The Spectator
"This was like travelling back in time to catch the early days of established events like Glyndebourne or Garsington Opera, and experiencing them at it's purist"
★★★★ "A triumph almost without qualification The Oxford Times
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR: OLIVER GILMOUR
The British conductor Oliver Gilmour worked with Sir John Pritchard, Leonard Bernstein and Carlos Kleiber in his formative years. Gilmour’s collaboration with Gian Carlo Menotti began at the Spoleto Festival with Cosi fan Tutte. Subsequently, he conducted Montezuma and Le Nozze di Figaro (with Renee Fleming), both in the USA and Italy.
In an unprecedented move and in response to a petition by its singers and musicians, the Bulgarian State Opera successfully moved to seek an amendment to its National Law to name Gilmour their principal conductor. During the nineties, he conducted inter alia Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Die Zauberflote, L’Italiana in Algeri and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Gilmour conducted twelve performances of Rigoletto in London and a Royal Opera House Gala Concert with singers Sir Thomas Allen and Marie McClaughlin.
Gilmour was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Sofia Music Academy in 2007 for “the highest possible level of musical achievement”. In May 2008, at the invitation of the United Nations, Gilmour became the first foreign conductor to perform in Baghdad since the U.S invasion, leading Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra in an historic concert that “raised the roof” (almost literally, as there was a simultaneous rocket attack).
“What warmth, what sweetness, what melancholy – this atmosphere I heard maybe for the first time since the 1934 recordings of Fitz Busch from Glyndebourne.” — ll Giornale, Italy
(Reviewing Le Nozze Di Figaro with Renee Fleming).