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Opera company to move into Bamber Gascoigne's crumbling stately home

Former University Challenge host allows Grange Park Opera to take up residence on derelict 400-acre Surrey estate he inherited from great aunt

The new site of a summer opera festival that rivals those of Glyndebourne and Garsington is to be hosted at the derelict stately home inherited by Bamber Gascoigne, the former University Challenge host has revealed.

Grange Park Opera will take up residence in its new home, nestled in woodland on the TV presenter’s 400-acre estate at West Horsley Place, in Surrey.

The company, which has held 53 productions including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, had announced early in the autumn it was in advanced discussions with Gascoigne, 81, who had unexpectedly inherited the estate last year from his great aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to stage the festival there.

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