Garsington Opera

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Festival Contact Information

Anthony Whitworth-Jones, Director
Phone: +44 01865 368201
Susan Hamilton, Artistic Director
Phone: +44 01483 420514
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Festival Description

The Garsington Opera began in 1989 and runs for a month between June and July each summer on an annual basis. The program feataures classics and rarely-performed works. The festival organizers bring to the Oxfordshire audience talented British opera singers. The festival was initiated by Leonard and Rosalind Ingrams, the owners of Garsington Manor. After the 2010 season the festival moved to the Getty family’s magnificent Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire.

Festival Dates June 7 -- July 20, 2013
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Productions 2013:
    • Arguably Rossini’s most ambitious and radical work, Maometto secondo, set in the besieged Venetian colony of Negroponte in northern Greece, tells the story of an impossible love, and struggles between the Christian and Islamic World. We welcome back two major interpreters of Rossini’s music to lead these performances, conductor David Parry and tenor Paul Nilon (Paolo Erisso). Bass-baritone Darren Jeffery sings the title role and the pivotal role of Anna is sung by Siân Davies, the young Welsh soprano making her UK debut, having trained in the US and recently made her New York City Opera debut. Caitlin Hulcup (Calbo), Christopher Diffey (Condulmiero) and Richard Dowling (Selimo) complete the cast. Edward Dick, whose work includes the acclaimed Aldeburgh production of The Rape of Lucrezia and Tarik O’Reagan’s Heart of Darkness, directs with designs by Robert Innes Hopkins.
    • Wormsley’s woodland setting provides the perfect backdrop for Humperdinck’s folk tale Hänsel und Gretel. Rising Irish star Anna Devin sings Hänsel and Claudia Huckle Gretel. The well-known William Dazeley sings the role of Father, Susan Bickley tackles the fiendishly challenging role of The Witch, Yvonne Howard sings Mother and Ruth Jenkins is Dew Fairy. The cast includes a children’s chorus of eighteen from Trinity School, Croydon. The team responsible for many Garsington Opera triumphs, Martin André (conductor), Olivia Fuchs (director) and Niki Turner (designer), return.
    • Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail tells the story of a besotted man who discovers that love is the one thing that money can’t buy. The production features Norman Reinhardt (Belmonte) making his UK debut, joined by the Texan soprano Rebecca Nelsen (Konstanze), who in 2010 stepped in to the lead role of Il turco in Italia at short notice to great acclaim, Matthew Rose who made his world stage debut at Garsington Opera in 2003 sings Osmin and Mark Wilde Pedrillo. Swedish soprano Susanna Andersson (Blonde) completes the cast. Daniel Slater returns to direct, having brought a thrilling contemporary edge to the 2012 production of Don Giovanni and Francis O’Connor is the designer. Making his Garsington Opera debut is conductor William Lacey who is First Kapellmeister at Leipzig Opera, a position once held by Gustav Mahler.
    • Garsington Opera’s first community opera will have over 180 people on stage, ranging from young school children to senior citizens drawn from the local community. They will work alongside professional opera singers, musicians from the Southbank Sinfonia, directors, designers, choreographers, stage managers and technicians. Richard Stilgoe, co-writer of Starlight Express and Cats, brings his wit and political satire to a quirky script with protest at its core. Together with composer Orlando Gough’s fast moving and rhythmic score, the commission promises to be lively funny and captivating. This is Garsington Opera’s first commission.
    • The award winning Opera Pavilion with superb acoustics is enhanced by natural light which floods the auditorium, fading as night sets in. Nestling in the deer park of the quintessentially English Getty family estate it is designed to complement the outstandingly beautiful surrounding landscape. The Opera Pavilion, now equipped with additional heating, is an idyllic setting in which to experience opera performances of the highest quality. This magnificent location in the Chiltern Hills, on the border of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, is just an hour from central London by car and as little as 25 minutes by train to the nearest station at High Wycombe. A dedicated bus meets a train to bring passengers to and from the Wormsley estate.


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  • Wormsley Estate
    Stokenchurch, High Wycombe
    Buckinghamshire HP14 3YG


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