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News & Reviews - Blog - Iford Arts announce new home and programme for 2019

ifordAfter an ambitious and stunning season at Iford, in 2018, we are delighted to confirm that Iford Arts will be continuing to create new, inimitable, stylish and acclaimed opera productions in 2019. Two beautiful and alluring venues will host our two new productions next year.


starring Simon Butteriss
at the Banqueting Hall, Guildhall Bath
Conductor Oliver Gooch

Saturday 18 May* 7.30pm
Sunday 19 May 5pm

* Gala night, champagne reception with canapés prior to performance, from 6pm in the Brunswick Room on Saturday 18 May

at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon. BA15 1LZ
Friday 30 August
Picnics from 5.30pm. Main music 7.30pm

at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon
Perfect for picnics. Performance in the round in a stupendous geodesic dome.
Conductor Oliver Gooch

Saturday 31 August
Tuesday 3 September
Friday 6 September
Saturday 7 September
Picnics from 5.30pm. Performance 7.30pm

at Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Sunday 1 September
Picnics from 5pm. Performance 7pm

With a limited number of performances, and the success of our most recent Sold Out seasons we recommend booking early for all performances in these extraordinary locations. Now is your chance to guarantee seats.

For more information about priority booking as a Patron or a Friend please email debbieheyden@ifordarts.org.uk or call 01225 868124

Booking Dates for the 2019 Season

Monday 11 February: Friends
Monday 18 February: Early birds
Wednesday 20 February: General booking

About the stunning new locations:
The first is the fabulous Banqueting Room of Bath’s Guildhall – a venue recently described on Radio 3 as ‘the most beautiful concert hall in the country’ . Here Oliver Gooch and the legendary Simon Butteriss will create a performance of Die Fledermaus, fully sung in English, costumed, Viennese-Salon-style, with Oliver Gooch on piano surrounded by a clutch of musicians, and Simon Butteriss (‘he is really funny he really glitters’ – BBC Radio 4) as Dr Blind, narrating. A unique opportunity to get close up to this extraordinary star and succumb to the polkas, waltzes and galops of Strauss’s immortal score. There will be a champagne reception on Saturday May 18. Early booking is advised for both performances.

The second venue is Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon. This Grade 1 listed historic Georgian house by John Wood the Elder, is set in a charming valley below the last fling of the Cotswolds and is the private garden and country sanctuary, not usually open to the public, of Caroline and Paul Weiland, the film director and one of Britain’s foremost creatives.

Developed in the 18th Century in neo-classical ‘Picturesque’ style, the gardens and parkland contain the original features of a grotto, rotunda and a ruined ‘temple’, constructed during the same period as those at Stourhead. The four acres of landscaped gardens include lawns, an ornamental pond with Koi carp, box and yew topiary and fine specimen trees with views extending across the valley.

Iford Arts will create there, in a stupendous geodesic dome, an entirely new production in the round, of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece The Elixir of Love and of course the Picnic Prom and New Generation Artists Concert.

About the operas:
The farcical story (in which most of the characters end up being someone else) fizzes with disguises, deceits and other shenanigans. Gabriel von Eisenstein has to go to jail for a few days (nothing serious) but his friend, Dr Falke, persuades him to enjoy his last night of freedom at a ball thrown by the eccentric Russian Prince Orlofsky. Waltz rhythms predominate in Strauss’s infectious score of glorious melodies – peppered with polkas, galops and folk tunes.

Beyond doubt this is Donizetti’s comic masterpiece and an absolute gem. This delightful opera is imbued with tenderness and humour. It is impossible not to empathise with the bashful Nemorino (whose aria ‘a furtive tear’ must be one of the most popular tenor arias of all time). He is besotted with the wealthy Adina but she rejects him. His desperation deepens when Adina apparently falls for a handsome man in a uniform. In abject misery he turns to the dreadful and dazzling Dr Dulcamara for a love potion.

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