Garsington Opera - Garsington
18 September 2020

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Fidelio

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Douglas Boyd seemed absolutely in his element, emphatically conveying the heights and depths of the score even in reduced form
16 Sep 20 / Opera News
Genuinely eloquent
15 Sep 20 / The Stage
Garsington's semi-staging speaks to us directly and movingly
15 Sep 20 / The Guardian
Fidelio overcomes all obstacles to rescue Garsington Opera's 2020 festival
15 Sep 20 / Bachtrack
Fidelio: semi-staged live performance at Garsington
Garsington Opera will be giving semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio in the Opera Pavilion at Wormsley on 12, 14, 18 & 20 September 2020.
Fantasio

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Elogio de la locura
30 Jul 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Offenbach’s bicentenary year Garsington Opera Fantasio
25 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
First staged production of Offenbach's Fantasio at Garsington
19 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Clown court
18 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Jennifer France is outstanding as Elsbeth
17 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Don Giovanni

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Garsington Opera’s alert and intriguing Don Giovanni production
24 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Don Giovanni turns painter in Garsington Opera's brilliant take on Mozart
28 Jun 19 / The Oxford Times
Mozart’s terrifying opera buffa isn’t just playing it for laughs
11 Jun 19 / Henley Standard
This was the ladies’ evening
4 Jun 19 / Music OMH
A violent splash of black paint triggers the D minor chord which initiates the Overture
4 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Michael Boyd’s production of Don Giovanni is a damp squib
1 Jun 19 / Independent
This isn’t a classic Garsington presentation
1 Jun 19 / Classical Source
A vague staging of Mozart’s dark comedy
1 Jun 19 / The Stage
Mixed emotions: a flawed but interesting Don Giovanni from Garsington Opera
1 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
The Bartered Bride

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Natalya Romaniw campe une extraordinaire Mařenka
21 Jul 19 / Anaclase
Garsington Opera’s The Bartered Bride is a winning summer’s evening
12 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Charm and wit in assured English village staging
4 Jun 19 / The Guardian
Paul Curran’s direction is sensitively handled
4 Jun 19 / Classical Source
A brilliant The Bartered Bride to open Garsington's 2019 30th anniversary season
3 Jun 19 / Opera Today
The opera festival at the top of its game
2 Jun 19 / The Stage
An exuberantly performed, perfectly pitched first show of the season
2 Jun 19 / Broadway World
Ambridge meets Ealing in this jolly update
2 Jun 19 / Telegraph
The most brilliantly choreographed display of acrobatics imaginable
1 Jun 19 / Independent
Anyone expecting a folksy Moravian setting might be briefly disappointed
1 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Czech tale turns into a very English caper
31 May 19 / Evening Standard
Czech mate: a hilarious and immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington
31 May 19 / Bachtrack
The Turn of the Screw

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Erlkönigs Lockgesang schwirrt durch die Nacht
19 Jul 19 / FAZ
Garsington’s admirable flucidation of psychologically and emotionally dark The Turn of the Screw
13 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Deft, elegant and genuinely chilling
11 Jul 19 / The Spectator
Sophie Bevan's Governess was passionately sung
9 Jul 19 / Music OMH
A terrific, and terrifying, The Turn of the Screw at Garsington
9 Jul 19 / Opera Today
Even in broad daylight, Garsington’s The Turn of the Screw is a brilliantly chilling affair
7 Jul 19 / The Observer
A beautiful and unsettling piece of theatre
4 Jul 19 / The Guardian
The staging does this creepy masterpiece proud
3 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Goosebumps at Garsington: an outstanding, shadowy Turn of the Screw
3 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
The Skating Rink

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 15

This complex modern drama, brilliantly sung, is a frozen asset
15 Jul 18 / The Sunday Times
The Skating Rink grows in intensity with each act
15 Jul 18 / The Observer
An exotic new mystery thriller is Garsington's final opera of 2018
14 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
The Skating Rink is not as engaging and stimulating as it could be
10 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Prosaic words and music fail to make magic on ice
10 Jul 18 / Evening Standard
Strong performance of a new opera with a very striking voice, inspired by Roberto Bolano's novel
9 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
The Skating Rink is not as engaging and stimulating as it could be
9 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
With its blazing sunshine, there could not have been a more appropriate day for the premiere of this work
9 Jul 18 / Music OMH
Shivers up and down the spine
7 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Finely observed
7 Jul 18 / The Stage
The whole received a strong performance from both cast and orchestra
7 Jul 18 / Opera Today
A superb cast can't save a thin plot and banal libretto
7 Jul 18 / Independent
An intriguing experiment in neo-noir that pays off handsomely
7 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Smart murder mystery opera is unfussy and clear
7 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Grant Doyle as Enric sings with burnished tone throughout and is dramatically effective
6 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Capriccio

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 20

Le niveau d’excellence du plateau vocal force l’admiration et appelle les hourras!
9 Jul 18 / Anaclase
No contest
2 Jul 18 / The Critics' Circle
A little bit of magic: Soprano Miah Persson in Richard Strauss's opera
28 Jun 18 / The Epoch Times
It was Music which ‘won’ in the end
26 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Many musical rewards in Capriccio at Garsington
14 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
Strauss’s last opera is a ‘whim whim’ for Wormsley festival
11 Jun 18 / Henley Standard
A little bit of magic: Miah Persson in Richard Strauss's Capriccio at Garsington
11 Jun 18 / Planet Hugill
Miah Persson excels in Capriccio
11 Jun 18 / The Times
Mozart’s forces of darkness and light fight it out alongside voluptuous Strauss on the lawns at Garsington
10 Jun 18 / The Observer
Music and words in operatic struggle
8 Jun 18 / Oxford Mail
Garsington makes as good a case as you can for Strauss's frothy Capriccio
7 Jun 18 / The Spectator
A rare production of Strauss's final opera and a sophisticated summer treat
6 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Garsington gives stimulating performance of Strauss’s Capriccio
6 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
Makes a profound impression
5 Jun 18 / The Stage
Ingeniously controlled chaos
5 Jun 18 / Independent
On occasion things are a little too serious, but overall Richard Strauss’s ensemble piece plays out with nuance and verve
5 Jun 18 / The Times
A gentle, sympathetic Capriccio at Garsington
4 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
The poignancy of triviality
4 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Miah Persson’s beautifully judged Countess is discreet without a hint of sphinx-like remoteness
3 Jun 18 / Classical Source
A sweet and beautiful confection
3 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Falstaff

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 10

The most cheerful and warmhearted production of Verdi’s final opera I have seen
25 Jun 18 / Express
Sister suffragette
24 Jun 18 / Forum Opéra
Falstaff in the 'back garden'? Blooming good!
24 Jun 18 / Daily Mail
A list of today’s great Falstaffs should now include Henry Waddington
21 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Garsington Opera transfers Falstaff from Elizabeth pomp to Edwardian pompousness
20 Jun 18 / Opera Today
The pace is terrific
20 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Verdi's comic farewell in a fine new production by Garsington Opera
20 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
You will rarely hear Verdi’s intricate ensembles delivered with such rapport between pit and stage, nor the drama paced so effectively
20 Jun 18 / The Times
Songs of innocence and experience: Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington
19 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Henry Waddington gives the most convincing, moving, and beautifully-sung performance
19 Jun 18 / Independent
Die Zauberflöte

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 12

The overture and the great choral pieces were solemn and dignified, and the duets sparkling
19 Jun 18 / Music OMH
A production swamped by a surplus of ideas
16 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Mozart’s forces of darkness and light fight it out alongside voluptuous Strauss on the lawns at Garsington
10 Jun 18 / The Observer
Imaginative re-think on Mozart's Enlightenment
9 Jun 18 / Express
Cold and confusing
7 Jun 18 / The Spectator
Garsington’s Die Zauberflöte is more rewarding vocally than theatrically
6 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
The orchestra is carefully blended, the chorus is terrific and the soloists uniformly impressive
4 Jun 18 / The Times
Netia Jones shows she's more than a video artist with her riveting new staging of 'Die Zauberflöte'
2 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
An enigmatic staging
2 Jun 18 / The Stage
Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington
2 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Netia Jones' new Die Zauberflöte opens Garsington Opera's 2018 season
2 Jun 18 / Opera Today
By setting the action in a Masonic lodge, Netia Jones leaves no space for the imagination
2 Jun 18 / Independent
Silver Birch

Garsington Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Garsington’s season closes on a high note with Panufnik’s Silver Birch
1 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
This community opera is cinematic in its scope and fluidity
1 Aug 17 / The Times
A real achievement
1 Aug 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Panufnik’s music is both strong and accessible
31 Jul 17 / Music OMH
A work of beauty and hope
30 Jul 17 / Classical Source
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
Garsington Opera’s provocative and compelling staging of Pelléas et Mélisande
21 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Andrea Carroll makes a bewitching Mélisande in Debussy’s decadent opera
21 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Light and shade
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Andrea Carroll’s Mélisande is her UK debut and it’s an impressive one
20 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Michael Boyd directs and the Philharmonia Orchestra plays Debussy's opera
19 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
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
Andrea Carroll’s exquisite performance is the highlight of this mixed staging of Debussy’s only opera
19 Jun 17 / The Times
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
Martin Duncan’s 2011 production of Rossini’s comedy has new snap and sexiness in this revival
28 Jun 17 / The Times
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
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
Garsington Opera’s rough-edged yet consistent interpretation of Le nozze di Figaro
7 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
This productions brings us close to the beating heart of Figaro the opera
7 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Enchanting and engaging
6 Jun 17 / The Stage
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Performance schedule
Beethoven
12 to 20 Sep 2020

News & Articles

Fidelio: semi-staged live performance at Garsington
Garsington Opera will be giving semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio in the Opera Pavilion at Wormsley on 12, 14, 18 & 20 September 2020.
1 Aug 2020 / Opera Today
Another opera company returns to life
Garsington Opera will give four semi-staged Fidelios in the Opera Pavilion at Wormsley on 12, 14, 18 and 20 September 2020.
29 Jul 2020 / Slipped Disc
Garsington Opera announces 2021 season
Next summer the company will return to celebrate its 10th anniversary at Wormsley, in true Garsington style.
3 Jul 2020 / Opera Today
Garsington Opera announces 2020 season and 2019 Paris performance
The season will feature three new productions – Verdi’s Un giorno di regno, Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto and Dvořák’s Rusalka.
25 May 2019 / Opera Now
The old ethos and a new professionalism
Garsington Opera is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with four new productions at its home at Wormsley.
6 May 2019 / Planet Hugill