English country house opens up to baroque opera

English country house opens up to baroque opera


norman lebrecht

July 28, 2020

A 15th century country estate near London is planning open-air opera in September.

The Vache Baroque Festival will give two performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The festival aims to give young creatives a chance in Covid times. Dido will be directed by 2019 Jette Parker Young Artist Thomas Guthrie and sung by Katie Bray who won the audience prize last year at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The driving forces behind the festival are two musicians, Betty Makharinsky and Jonathan Darbourne. The venue is near near Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire, in the London cimmuter belt.



  • Grittenhouse says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if it was NOT part of the “authenticity” “period” instruments style fraud?