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Pelléas et Mélisande

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 12

La soirée n’a pas été des meilleures
13 Jul 17 / Anaclase
The main musical satisfaction of this new Pelléas et Mélisande was the intense playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra
22 Jun 17 / The Spectator
Andrea Carroll makes a bewitching Mélisande in Debussy’s decadent opera
21 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Garsington Opera’s provocative and compelling staging of Pelléas et Mélisande
21 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Andrea Carroll’s Mélisande is her UK debut and it’s an impressive one
20 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Light and shade
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Andrea Carroll’s exquisite performance is the highlight of this mixed staging of Debussy’s only opera
19 Jun 17 / The Times
Boyd brings the opera’s dreams and mysteries into landscapes that are lit, symbolically and figuratively, with precision
19 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Fresh light on Debussy's mysterious fairytale
19 Jun 17 / The Guardian
Michael Boyd directs and the Philharmonia Orchestra plays Debussy's opera
19 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Positively amateurish
18 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Boyd treads a fine line between realism and poetic evasiveness
17 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Il Turco in Italia

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Rions un peu
10 Jul 17 / Music OMH
It’s the perfect Summer evening opera
5 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Finely produced and performed Il turco in Italia at Garsington Opera
3 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Welcome revival for a summertime crowd-pleaser that's brimming with fizz and fun
1 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
Personenregie perfection: Martin Duncan's Il turco in Italia at Garsington
28 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Sarah Tynan brought real vocal fireworks to the role of Fiorilla
28 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Martin Duncan’s 2011 production of Rossini’s comedy has new snap and sexiness in this revival
28 Jun 17 / The Times
Le nozze di Figaro

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Cox sets the opera firmly in 18th century Spain and focuses with utmost clarity on the characters’ predicaments
11 Jun 17 / Express
Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington
9 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
This productions brings us close to the beating heart of Figaro the opera
7 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Garsington Opera’s rough-edged yet consistent interpretation of Le nozze di Figaro
7 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
I have never known a Figaro like Joshua Bloom’s
6 Jun 17 / Independent
Enchanting and engaging
6 Jun 17 / The Stage
Douglas Boyd conducted a wonderfully vibrant, elegant, sparkling account of the score
6 Jun 17 / Music OMH
"Recreated" Figaro at Garsington delights
5 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Semele

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 13

The Garsington Opera Orchestra, under Jonathan Cohen, brings out the full glory of Handel’s score
11 Jun 17 / Express
Unusual production, glorious performance
8 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
An entertaining modern dress production of Handel’s work
7 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Heidi Stober sang with clarity and confidence
6 Jun 17 / Music OMH
The whole thing becomes rather heavy going
6 Jun 17 / Independent
Star-dust and sparkle at Garsington Opera
5 Jun 17 / Opera Today
A magical new production of Handel's entertainment launches Garsington 2017
5 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Heidi Stober gave a lively account of the title part
5 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Handel's celestial opera remade as a Technicolor romcom
3 Jun 17 / The Guardian
A highly entertaining and brilliantly sung new production of Handel's opera
3 Jun 17 / The Stage
Muscular conducting and a first-rate cast, but where's the charm?
3 Jun 17 / Telegraph
All that glitters: Miskimmon's hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season
3 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Garsington gets the summer opera season off to a cracking start
2 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Die Schöpfung

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Brilliant, but distracting, dancing
23 Jul 16 / Oxford Times Online
Baldwin’s choreography is sculptural and focused
19 Jul 16 / Independent
Garsington Opera has teamed up with the Rambert Dance Company nd the results are extremely impressive
17 Jul 16 / Music OMH
The Creation was busier than usual at Garsington Opera
17 Jul 16 / The Observer
Birds, beasts and the cosmos: Garsington's Creation is an extraordinary spectacle
16 Jul 16 / Telegraph
On the musical level this was mostly rewarding
16 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Idomeneo

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Mozart's tale of a crisis in Crete looks and sounds good but lacks edge
8 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Garsington Opera presents a musically compelling and dramatic version of Idomeneo
30 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
As the drama is played straight, a brilliant cast can shine
30 Jun 16 / Independent
Stylish seriousness and intelligent style
27 Jun 16 / Planet Hugill
Mozart's opera is vividly cast and delivered by the cream of (mostly) British talent
24 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Toby Spence is very strong in the title role
24 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Musically, this was a strong performance, despite cuts that scarred the work
22 Jun 16 / Opera Today
A stern Father's Day treat
22 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
The cast, production team and orchestra were given a rapturous ovation, and rightly so
21 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Interview: Caitlin Hulcup
The Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup has been making quite a name for herself in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, and she will soon return to Garsington Opera to sing her first
Eugene Onegin

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 14

The summer opera season defies the downpours with terrific Tchaikovsky, morally improving Mascagni, Shakespearean Puccini and zesty Janáček
20 Jun 16 / The Observer
Pushkin's verse-novel Eugene Onegin is a classic tale of unrequited love
18 Jun 16 / Express
Roderick Williams’s Onegin is seen as a socially awkward outsider rather than a cold-hearted snob
12 Jun 16 / Express
Garsington's got it all... even if the fat lady doesn't sing!
12 Jun 16 / Daily Mail
The close of the drama is riveting
9 Jun 16 / Independent
Slavs to love
8 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
A flawed yet absorbing and immensely moving account of Tchaikovsky's romantic opera
8 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Michael Boyd’s staging brings out the emotional complexity of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera
7 Jun 16 / The Stage
Natalya Romaniw’s Tatyana was eagerly anticipated
7 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Garsington emphasises psychological aspects of Eugene Onegin
7 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
After the interval, the show suddenly took off
7 Jun 16 / Evening Standard
Natalya Romaniw's Tatyana the star of a stylish Eugene Onegin at Garsington
6 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
A superb season opener
6 Jun 16 / Opera Today
The music’s cohesion was assured in Douglas Boyd’s conducting
5 Jun 16 / Classical Source
L'Italiana in Algeri

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Of all Rossini's comic operas, many of which have hilariously ridiculous plots, L'Italiana in Algeri is perhaps the silliest
19 Jun 16 / Express
Divorce dans un jardin anglais
17 Jun 16 / Forum Opéra
Mary Bevan shone in the glinting evening sunlight as Elvira
14 Jun 16 / Bucks Free Press
Garsington's got it all... even if the fat lady doesn't sing!
12 Jun 16 / Daily Mail
As feisty Isabella, Ezgi Kutlu attacks her coloratura arias with relish
12 Jun 16 / Express
Sunk with all hands
8 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
George Souglides’ set for Will Tuckett’s new production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington would surely have delighted Liberace
7 Jun 16 / Opera Today
Garsington treats Rossini's barely-comic opera to a lavish production by Will Tuckett
7 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
The Italian Girl fails to hit the spot at Garsington
7 Jun 16 / The Stage
Clever and amusing L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington
7 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Faux orientalism meets La dolce vita
6 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Ezgi Kutlu turns girl power on Ottoman camp
6 Jun 16 / The Guardian
L’Italiana in Algeri was a game but lame production by Garsington Opera
6 Jun 16 / Telegraph
Will Tuckett made the most of the work’s comic possibilities
5 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Intermezzo

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Introducción e Intermezzo
24 Jul 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Hats off to Garsington for championing once again some criminally neglected Strauss
13 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Serenely accomplished
12 Jun 15 / Independent
Profoundly humane vision of Strauss's autobiographical opera
11 Jun 15 / The Guardian
There’s comic potential there but in the end it is not enough
11 Jun 15 / Evening Standard
A breezy production of the comedy based on Strauss’s own marriage
10 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
A hit for Garsington in Bruno Ravella’s staging and in Andrew Porter’s English translation
10 Jun 15 / The Stage
There really is no saving Richard Strauss’s semi-autobiographical opera
10 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Bruno Ravella’s direction is admirably supportive and restrained
10 Jun 15 / Classical Source
A sensitive production makes a powerful case for Strauss's neglected 'opera domestica'
10 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
Love's not Time's fool
8 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Mary Dunleavy came late to the production but she gives a fully rounded performance
7 Jun 15 / Music OMH
Interview: Bruno Ravella
On June 6th, Garsington Opera unveils its new production of Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo. Director Bruno Ravella talks about the production and his career.
Strauss's Intermezzo at Garsington
Interview with Jac van Steen.
Death in Venice

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 13

A zestful staging of Britten’s final opera grips Garsington
29 Jun 15 / The Observer
Paul Nilon is superb as Aschenbach
28 Jun 15 / Express
Deeply thought through Death in Venice by Garsington Opera
27 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
In the title role, Paul Nilon presents an astonishingly powerful portrait of physical and moral decline
24 Jun 15 / Opera Today
A production that rises to the challenges of Britten’s opera
24 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Musical splendour of a duff production
24 Jun 15 / Independent
As soon as the music begins the years drop away
23 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
This production of Death in Venice is unmissable
23 Jun 15 / Music OMH
A thrilling, unwavering new production of Britten's final opera
23 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
This new production of Britten's last major work catches all the score’s febrile anxiety
23 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Death in Venice still asserts its oblique subtlety in explaining the process of creativity
23 Jun 15 / Classical Source
Paul Curran’s production of Britten’s final opera is unforgettable
23 Jun 15 / The Stage
Powerfully direct
23 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Così fan tutte

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Une folle journée
22 Jun 15 / Forum Opéra
As Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte deals with the emotional traumas of teenagers, it is a distinct advantage for the cast to seem youthful
14 Jun 15 / Express
The performance is so varied, it keeps you hooked on the stage
11 Jun 15 / Bucks Free Press
John Fulljames new Cosi fan tutte feels like it’s been put together by someone with a very busy in-tray
11 Jun 15 / The Spectator
Boyd’s sprightly pacing of the music met its match in John Fulljames’s eventful production
9 Jun 15 / Classical Source
The evening was redeemed by the strong musical performances
9 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Interesting but overly serious and weighed down with unnecessary activity
9 Jun 15 / The Stage
Wedding chaos, deception and duplicity in Garsington’s Così fan tutte
8 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Not Figaro's, but a marriage all the same as Garsington opens its season with Mozart
7 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
The Cunning Little Vixen

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Claire Booth was a force of nature as the vixen in Janáček's opera
29 Jun 14 / The Observer
Claire Booth is ideal casting as the Vixen
29 Jun 14 / Express
What a great evening of summer opera
27 Jun 14 / Classical Source
The Cunning Little Vixen in all its rustic glory at Garsington
27 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Teeming with life
27 Jun 14 / Telegraph
The entire cast does a superb job
27 Jun 14 / Bucks Free Press
Janacek's bucolic tale, magically staged by Daniel Slater, is the ideal summer opera
25 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
Garsington’s well paced Vixen not for the prudish
25 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
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News & Articles

Garsington Opera announces extended 2017 season
Garsington Opera’s 2017 season will see the company present four productions and a large community opera for the first time in its history.
17 Jan 2017 / Opera Now
Facing the music: Douglas Boyd
The conductor and artistic director of Garsington Opera on Mozart, football and the future. Just don’t ask him to do karaoke - he’ll get cross.
20 Jun 2016 / The Guardian
Garsington Opera announces its 2017 season
The 2017 season will be the first time Garsington stages four opera productions as well as the newly commissioned Silver Birch.
7 Jun 2016 / Slipped Disc
The art is in putting people together
Artistic director Douglas Boyd talks about Garsington's 2016 season.
16 May 2016 / Planet Hugill
Interview: Bruno Ravella
On June 6th, Garsington Opera unveils its new production of Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo. Director Bruno Ravella talks about the production and his career.
31 May 2015 / Music OMH