Summer garden opera simply doesn’t get more
glamourous than Garsington. The stunning lakeside setting at Wormsley, the
Getty family’s oil-painting-perfect English retreat, sets off any picnic to
perfection; there’s even an army of Scouts to carry your basket for you (tips
go towards their Scout Hut). The evening should impress on stage too:
Garsington’s elegant glass-sided opera pavilion (blankets provided on cooler
evenings) attracts some of the hottest young talent around.
This year is no exception, with star
billing for the gifted Mary Bevan taking the role of long-suffering harem queen
Elvira in Rossini’s spirited battle of the genders L’italiana in Algeri, where the Bey of Algiers thinks he might try
adding an Italian girl to his collection of ladies for a change – with
hilariously unsuccessful results… Also watch out for the superb Katie Bray as
If you’re still recovering from the loss of War & Peace, head straight for Tchaikovsky’s tragic, haunting Eugene Onegin, which will plunge you
straight back into a long, beautiful, and very Russian dark night of the soul: think
George Bernard Shaw meets Tolstoy, and definitely don’t forget the tissues.
Idomeneo, in which almost every
character selflessly volunteers to sacrifice themselves to save the others from
the anger of Neptune, until love conquers all, should prove magnificent in the
hands of director Tim Albery, mastermind of the Royal Opera House’s searing recent
Der fliegende Holländer: Albery has
an instinct for conjuring the sea on stage.
Finally, the curveball: picking up
on their strong incorporation of dance in last year’s Death in Venice, Garsington are collaborating with dance company
Rambert to produce The Creation,
Haydn’s first oratorio, inspired by the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise
Lost. With designs from Argentine-born artist Pablo Bronstein, it may not be
opera, but it should be interesting.
|What||Garsington Opera 2016|
Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP
03 Jun 16 – 17 Jul 16, All performances to start between 6pm and 6.30pm and finish between 10pm and 10.15pm
|Price||£105 - £200|
|Website||Click here to go to the Garsington Opera website|