Stratford upon Avon’s country house hotel isn’t short on reasons to visit, but nonetheless it doesn’t do us any harm to have one more, and on 24th, 25th and 26th April it comes in the form of a series of operatic favourites, a first for one of our country house hotels.
You don’t have to be an opera enthusiast to appreciate the finer qualities of La Traviata, Tosca and Madame Butterfly; they are, quite simply, beautiful stories. So while it is always an uncompromising joy to see opera performed on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall or London’s Covent Garden Opera House, there is something rather poetic about the tales being told in the sociable and relaxing surrounds of such an elegant hotel.
The Love: Lost and Found collection is performed on the Friday night by soprano Melinda Hughes, tenor Jonathan Stoughton and pianist Jeremy Limb, and the evening is a sensual feast of Champagne, fine wine and good food; all the ingredients needed to be suitably sated and relaxed in one of our country house hotels.
A weekend of entertainment
However, the evening’s love-in is followed by a morning of serenading over breakfast on the Saturday where the trio pickup on a more eclectic mix entitled Operetta to Cabaret (think West Side Story, Merry Widow and The Mikado). Then sit back for another evening of decadence with a musical backdrop, and a leisurely Sunday breakfast.
So, are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…