Alan Chapman is off to the UK, leading a tour of KUSC listeners on the KUSC Opera in England Tour. In between talks and walks, Alan is checking in to give us a peek behind the scenes. Keep in the loop with Alan on KUSC’s Facebook page or on the blog below.

In Sussex, beginning the KUSC Opera in England Tour: a visit to the Gage manor house guided by Deborah Gage, whose ancestors include General Thomas Gage; Charleston and its beautiful gardens, home of Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister) and gathering place of the Bloomsbury group; St. Michael’s church, painted during WW I by Bloomsbury artists after bombing destroyed the stained glass windows; numerous sheep. —Alan

The KUSC Opera in England Tour continues with a visit to Borde Hill Garden and a wonderful production of “Der Rosenkavalier” at Glyndebourne.

Wednesday on the KUSC Opera in England Tour: learning about falconry with hands on (and gloves on) experience — owls, falcons and a hawk; then back to Glyndebourne for their utterly perfect production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” (with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the pit).

Thursday on the KUSC Opera in England Tour: enroute from Sussex to London, a visit to Churchill’s longtime home Chartwell: home to many swans and Sir Winston’s painting studio.

Friday on the KUSC Opera in England Tour: In the morning, the National Gallery. There are 34 Vermeers in the world. Two of them are here and they’re both musical. In the evening, Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” at Grange Park Opera in the Surrey countryside.

Saturday evening on the KUSC Opera in England Tour: an unforgettable “Lohengrin” at Covent Garden. Lohengrin: Klaus Florian Vogt – Elsa: Jennifer Davis – Ortrud: Christine Goerke – Telramund: Thomas J. Mayer – King Heinrich: Georg Zeppenfeld.

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