Garsington Opera Programme
The festival runs from June 5th to July 19th, with its three operatic productions running in repertoire over the first five weeks. First to launch is Cosi fan tutte, Mozart’s humane and revealing comedy of marriage and manners. Andreea Soare, soprano, stars as Fiordiligi, supported by crossover queen Lesley Garrett (Soprano in Red) as the maid Despina.
Famed for its glittering interludes, Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo is another marital tale, although one of an extraordinarily personal nature: it depicts a brief episode of discord in Strauss’ own life, with the principals modelled on himself and his wife. Death in Venice, the final opera by Benjamin Britten, focuses rather on unrequited passion, as the Mahler-like composer Aschenbach contracts an obsession with a young boy. Based on the Thomas Mann (Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks) novella, it is a sensuous portrait of human desire.
Curious what else is on at the Southbank Centre this summer? Check out our full guide to the Southbank Centre Festival of Love 2015.
Garsington Opera 2015 ends with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (16th – 19th July), specifically created for the season with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC’s Gregory Doran directs an abridged version of the play, set alongside Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music. This restores a shimmering orchestral gem, heard so often in concert performance, to its original dramatic context. Tickets have now sold out, but it’s worth calling the box office for returns on 01865 361636.
|What||Garsington Opera 2015|
|Where||Garsington Opera, Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
05 Jun 15 – 19 Jul 15, 5:40 PM – 10:15 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Garsington Opera website|