In the past two weeks, set construction for Figaro for Buxton has moved on considerably and is now very near completion (the photograph shows Act 1, scene 2, the Countess's room with its window ready for Cherubino's jump for freedom). Anthony, Jeremy and Felicity have been spending long hours in Andrew’s farm barn (accompanied by the relentless gnawing of rats which, fortunately, have kept themselves out of sight – all the fun of the farm!), and work will be completed in the next couple of days before the barn is returned to its rightful agricultural use. Besides, there’s the set for Blaise and L’amant jaloux to get on with - time is short!
The July copy of Opera magazine has just come through the letter-box, and we’re thrilled by the full feature article by Fiona Maddocks marking our twentieth season of opera-making. With attractive photographs of our venues and our audiences at Bampton and Westonbirt, and of lively moments from our productions of Gluck’s Le cinesi and Haydn’s Le pescatrici, it makes a strong case for our uniqueness, enterprise and artistic standards.