Wanted: Haunted houses to film a Britten operamain
Grange Park Opera is filming Owen Wingrave, Britten-s made-for-TV 1971 opera, in haunted houses in Surrey and London.
Grange Park Opera CEO Wasfi Kani says: ‘The opera requires a dozen interiors, which are well-nigh impossible to achieve on a theatre stage. However, filmed on location, we can have the Wingraves living in a real house, playing out their poisonous squabbles. In addition to its being an expression of Britten’s own pacifism, he was also reported as saying Owen Wingrave was partly a response to the Vietnam War. We are setting our production in 2001 on the brink of the war with Afghanistan which disgusts Owen, but inflames his spinster
aunt – played by Wagnerian soprano Susan Bullock.’