The Romanoff Foundation (RF) has teamed up with Grange Park Opera, Surrey (GPO) to provide support and cultural collaboration for the upcoming post pandemic season.
Cultural institutions and artists have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, with many being forced to close. However, Grange Park Opera has seen Covid-19 as a unique opportunity to share the magic of great musical experiences with as many people as possible around the world – they engaged 157 artists for their Found and Interim seasons in 50 new online, free to view events with 22 hours of entirely new material.
The Romanoff Foundation is making an initial grant to support the live filming/streaming of Ivan the Terrible by Rimsky-Korsakov in the 2021 season (19 June – 14 July 2021), making it accessible to supporters of the Opera unable to attend in person and also to the wider public.
In the lead up to the performances of Ivan the Terrible (June-July 2021), the Romanoff Foundation will organise and host a series of live and recorded events with the aims of increasing historical and cultural awareness of the reign of Ivan the Terrible and Russia’s early interaction with the Tsar’s English contemporaries Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Romanoff Foundation Trustee Andrei Rodzianko commented: “The Romanoff Foundation is thrilled to work to support Grange Park Opera in its upcoming opera season in its picturesque Theatre in the Woods, on the edge of London. We are leveraging a Russian historical lecture series we have been working on over the last three years to be a complimentary partner to the GPO. We hope to bring some exciting events to the GPO members to help the production of ‘Ivan the Terrible’ come to life for the viewing public.”
Wasfi Kani, Founder and CEO of Grange Park Opera, said: “We are honoured to have been chosen by the prestigious Romanoff Foundation whose thoughtful talks will certainly enlighten the Grange Park Opera family. There cannot be too much culture in the world; these initiatives embrace a larger family.”