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26 May 2017

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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
The Creation was busier than usual at Garsington Opera
17 Jul 16 / The Observer
Garsington Opera has teamed up with the Rambert Dance Company nd the results are extremely impressive
17 Jul 16 / Music OMH
On the musical level this was mostly rewarding
16 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Birds, beasts and the cosmos: Garsington's Creation is an extraordinary spectacle
16 Jul 16 / Telegraph
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
As the drama is played straight, a brilliant cast can shine
30 Jun 16 / Independent
Garsington Opera presents a musically compelling and dramatic version of Idomeneo
30 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Stylish seriousness and intelligent style
27 Jun 16 / Planet Hugill
Toby Spence is very strong in the title role
24 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Mozart's opera is vividly cast and delivered by the cream of (mostly) British talent
24 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
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
Garsington's got it all... even if the fat lady doesn't sing!
12 Jun 16 / Daily Mail
Roderick Williams’s Onegin is seen as a socially awkward outsider rather than a cold-hearted snob
12 Jun 16 / Express
The close of the drama is riveting
9 Jun 16 / Independent
A flawed yet absorbing and immensely moving account of Tchaikovsky's romantic opera
8 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Slavs to love
8 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
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
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
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
As feisty Isabella, Ezgi Kutlu attacks her coloratura arias with relish
12 Jun 16 / Express
Garsington's got it all... even if the fat lady doesn't sing!
12 Jun 16 / Daily Mail
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
L’Italiana in Algeri was a game but lame production by Garsington Opera
6 Jun 16 / Telegraph
Faux orientalism meets La dolce vita
6 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Ezgi Kutlu turns girl power on Ottoman camp
6 Jun 16 / The Guardian
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
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
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
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
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
In the title role, Paul Nilon presents an astonishingly powerful portrait of physical and moral decline
24 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Death in Venice still asserts its oblique subtlety in explaining the process of creativity
23 Jun 15 / Classical Source
Powerfully direct
23 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Paul Curran’s production of Britten’s final opera is unforgettable
23 Jun 15 / The Stage
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
This new production of Britten's last major work catches all the score’s febrile anxiety
23 Jun 15 / Telegraph
A thrilling, unwavering new production of Britten's final opera
23 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
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
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
The performance is so varied, it keeps you hooked on the stage
11 Jun 15 / Bucks Free Press
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
Boyd’s sprightly pacing of the music met its match in John Fulljames’s eventful production
9 Jun 15 / Classical Source
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 is ideal casting as the Vixen
29 Jun 14 / Express
Claire Booth was a force of nature as the vixen in Janáček's opera
29 Jun 14 / The Observer
Teeming with life
27 Jun 14 / Telegraph
The entire cast does a superb job
27 Jun 14 / Bucks Free Press
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
Garsington’s well paced Vixen not for the prudish
25 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
Janacek's bucolic tale, magically staged by Daniel Slater, is the ideal summer opera
25 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
The Wormsley estate is an ideal setting for Janáček’s opera
24 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Fabulous cast, ravishing production
24 Jun 14 / The Guardian
The unique setting of the Opera Pavilion at Wormsley was clearly felt to be enough to suggest the forest
24 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Over-busy, but with outstanding singers
24 Jun 14 / Independent
An undoubted success for the festival
23 Jun 14 / The Stage
Human yearning trumps animal cutesiness in Daniel Slater's thoughtful Janáček
23 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk
Vert-Vert

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 12

A team triumph!
28 Jun 14 / Musical Criticism
With such high production values it becomes irresistible
17 Jun 14 / The Stage
A rare Offenbach work gets its UK premiere at Garsington
12 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
How delicious that Garsington Opera has turned to Offenbach
11 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk
Opera's dead parrot sketch: Offenbach's Vert-Vert delights at Garsington
11 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
The cast of Offenbach's Vert-Vert is pretty much faultless
11 Jun 14 / Telegraph
Vert-Vert is a fantastically funny full-on comic opera which hurtles towards you at 100 miles an hour
11 Jun 14 / Bucks Free Press
Offenbach's little-known operetta brings comic bliss to Garsington
10 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
Less historical satire, more St Trinians
10 Jun 14 / Evening Standard
Exuberant virtuosity takes the breath away
10 Jun 14 / Independent
Offenbach's slender piece often feels joke-free
9 Jun 14 / The Guardian
For many the fun and froth of Vert-Vert will be the perfect complement to a summer’s day picnicking
9 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Fidelio

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A great start to the season
15 Jun 14 / Express
Garsington Opera hits gold standard with Beethoven revival
12 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
Rebecca von Lipinski’s Leonore/Fidelio was the centre of attention
11 Jun 14 / Classical Source
A moving and powerful piece
11 Jun 14 / Bucks Free Press
John Cox’s production does everything right
10 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Viscerally powerful
10 Jun 14 / Independent
A Fidelio to remember
9 Jun 14 / The Stage
Garsington's 25th anniversary season opens with a revival of John Cox's powerful staging of Beethoven's only opera
9 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
Garsington Opera's Fidelio proves entertaining but emotionally flat
9 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Hansel und Gretel

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 6

This Hänsel und Gretel by director Olivia Fuchs, was simply wonderful
23 Jul 13 / Musical Criticism
The central performances are exceptionally strong
29 Jun 13 / Independent
A delicious piece of confectionery when the cake genuinely rises
26 Jun 13 / The Guardian
The whole thing is magic whatever the climate brings
25 Jun 13 / Music OMH
Hänsel and Gretel proved to be an indomitable pair
25 Jun 13 / Classical Source
An overwhelmingly joyous experience
25 Jun 13 / The Stage
Maometto II

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Vivifiant!
11 Jul 13 / Forum Opéra
Rossini's dark side emerges
19 Jun 13 / New York Times
Maometto Secondo gets its first British staging
14 Jun 13 / Telegraph
Garsington gives Rossini’s Maometto II its British premiere
13 Jun 13 / Seen and Heard
Edward Dick's Carry On Follow That Camel production failed to impress
12 Jun 13 / What's on Stage
In Rossini’s day, this was one of his least successful works; now it looks like one of his best
12 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
A hugely impressive night at the opera, brilliantly performed and extremely well staged
12 Jun 13 / Bucks Free Press
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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
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
Garsington Opera: Behind the Getty gates
As he opens his sprawling estate to opera fans, John Paul Getty’s reclusive grandson Mark gives a rare interview.
30 May 2011 / Telegraph
Garsington Opera: A seat near the deer, please
This pop-up opera house in the heart of the English countryside is one of the most thrilling venues in Britain. Jonathan Glancey goes wild at Garsington's new pavilion.
30 May 2011 / The Observer
Garsington Opera’s new home opens soon
Garsington Opera has moved to the glorious Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills, home of the Getty family, and opens its short summer season with Mozart’s much-loved opera, The Magic Flute on 2 June 2011.
17 May 2011 / Seen and Heard