Opéra de Baugé
Opéra de Baugé is a country house opera held each summer since 2003 in the gardens of Les Capucins, a private house and former convent near the Loire town of Baugé, 40 kilometres east of Angers, France. In recent years it has drawn an audience of 2,500-3,000 to the town.
The festival is modelled on England's Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and performances feature 90-minute intervals during which members of the audience picnic in the park of Les Capucins or dine in a restaurant in the manor house.
The opera is noted for its authentic performances, with a full orchestra and chorus in support of fully staged productions. While the cast remains largely English and French, the festival has increasingly attracted soloists from across Europe and beyond. Singers have gone on to win prizes including the Kathleen Ferrier Award and positions in the Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden.
Bernadette Grimmett has been artistic director of the festival since its inception. The festival operates without subsidy.
Rarities or unusual operas performed
- 2003: Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten)
- 2004: Martha (von Flotow), Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers, Bizet)
- 2005: Rodelinda (Handel); Dido and Aeneas;(Purcell)/The Widow of Ephesus (Dibdin)
- 2006: Riccardo primo (Handel)
- 2007: Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck)
- 2008: Theodora
- 2009: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten); La finta giardiniera (Mozart)
- 2010: Giulio Cesare (Handel)
- Opéra de Baugé website
- Website of Ville de Baugé (in French)
- Interview with Opéra de Baugé tenor Ben Johnson and pianist James Southall on winning the Kathleen Ferrier Award.
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