Garsington Opera kept music and opera alive throughout the year despite the hiatus caused by the pandemic in 2020.
Our innovative Young Artists Programme, Music for the Eyes series and extraordinary Learning & Participation work were digitised; we shared a live concert with our digital audience; and finally, we staged five performances of Beethoven s Fidelio for a live audience at Wormsley, recorded for BBC Radio 3 and OperaVision. This has given us hope, knowledge and inspiration for the future - we are ever more determined that 2021 will be a season filled with wonderful opera and you, our audience!
2021 is our 10th Anniversary at Wormsley, so what could be a more amazing celebration than the season we have in store for you: the sensuous beauty and intensity of Strauss s Der Rosenkavalier, a revival of one of the most memorable productions of the last few years - Tchaikovsky s Eugene Onegin, a captivating Handel rarity, Amadigi and Rossini s effervescent, hilarious comedy Le comte Ory?
We continue our long-term relationship with the great Philharmonia Orchestra, who will play for three productions, and we are delighted that the equally acclaimed English Concert joins us for Amadigi for the start of their partnership with us, bringing a new sound world of original instruments to Garsington Opera.
Finally, we are so proud to have been presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society s 2020 Opera and Music Theatre Award for our 2019 production of Britten s The Turn of the Screw - a wonderful recognition for the whole Garsington team.
Our 2021 Season will offer a feast for the eyes and ears, bringing us all much-needed joy. Welcome back to Garsington!
Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director
Haunting, beautiful and extraordinarily moving. The Guardian
Fidelio in Concert, 2020 3
EUGENE ONEGIN Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
LE COMTE ORY Gioachino Rossini