Country Aria

Lacking provincial venues, English opera took root in the grand country house in the 1930s, and it has evolved into a ritual involving evening dress, a gourmet picnic and a sense of exclusivity. Glyndebourne is the oldest of the élite, followed by Garsington and, since 1998, Grange Park, which keeps up with the others on all counts
— setting, performances, food and a dapper audience. While they all have priority booking for members, the public can obtain tickets months before the season starts — but be quick, since availability is limited.

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