They’re back! But with a difference. Summer season opera producers have twisted, contorted and seemingly succeeded in confronting Covid to bring some semblance of normality to the blossoms of music that sprout in elegiac countryside settings at this time of year. For a fashion guide to what’s going on, read the Tatler review here.
On the international scene, there have been frequent cancellations. The latest victim, the wonderful Savonlinna Festival in Finland, is shelved until summer 2022. So, instead, here is a ‘Staycation’ look at what good old Britain has to offer – no need to worry about a sudden change from ‘Green’ to ‘Amber’.