Don't fancy much at this year's Proms? Me neither. With operatic offerings restricted - as leaked - to Strauss's three most familiar works, and precious little of interest on the new music front, Roger Wright's last season in charge in not one to set pulses racing.
Fortunately there are alternative ways to pass a summer evening. If you can't spare the £££ for Glyndebourne, how about its Dalston cousin Grimeborn instead? Don't expect an 80 piece orchestra for the £15 entrance fee - instead explore a mix of brand new work and pared-down versions of familiar classics. Pelléas et Mélisande was last year's hit - what will the next one be?
San Domino by Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker, Sunday 3rd August - Wednesday 6th August 2014
The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Thursday 14th August - Saturday 16th August 2014
Werther by Massenet, Tuesday 19th August - Saturday 23rd August 2014
Acis and Galatea by Handel, Wednesday 20th August - Saturday 23rd August 2014
Incident / Ex Ponto by Chris Gendall / Lorenzo Troiani, Monday 25th August - Thursday 28th August 2014
Madame X by Tim Benjamin, Monday 25th August - Wednesday 27th August 2014
The Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi, Friday 29th August - Saturday 30th August 2014
Aikainen by Miika Hyytiäinen, Monday 1st September - Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Façade / Eight Songs for a Mad King by William Walton / Peter Maxwell Davis, Friday 5th September - Sunday 7th September 2014
Booking for all is open.