Opera

When Grange Park Opera’s black-tie audience arrives for the opening night of the 2013 season, everyone will admire an old staircase. Ripped out long ago from the Grange, once a distressed neo-classical mansion in a rural bit of Hampshire, it has been reinstated with help from the opera festival’s family of supporters.

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The Grange Park Portico lit as night falls

The opera is based on the well known story of the Minotaur kept in the labyrinth in Crete, who is sent a cargo of innocents from Athens as an annual sacrifice, and is slain by Theseus. The monster’s half sister Ariadne helps Theseus by giving him a ball of twine so that he can find his way out of the labyrinth, on the understanding that he will then take her back to Greece to become his wife.

The opera had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2008.

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Christine Rice as Ariadne in The Minataur