Director and designer Stewart Laing, making his debut at Garsington Opera, has devised a way of having skating on stage. And since, even in a British July, the climate is not exactly frosty, the ice skating will be done on a floor of a new wonder material that simulates real ice.
The Skating Rink is based on the novel of the same name by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, and is composed by the very highly regarded David Sawer, with libretto by playwright Rory Mullarkey.
The opera is told from the point of view of several characters, which is ideal for the medium of opera, in which the audience can be inside the mind of several characters at once.
Nuria, played by the Australian-born, London-trained soprano Lauren Zolezzi, is a beautiful young skating champion. When she fails to qualify for an event, her powerful admirer, Enric, steals to fund the building of an ice rink in a deserted Spanish mansion. But Nuria is not entirely alone there...
Soprano Lauren Zolezzi plays skating star Nuria
The cast includes Neal Davies as Enric, with Garsington favourites tenors Alan Oke and Sam Furness (who also appears in Richard Strauss's Capriccio, earlier in the season), and mezzo-sopranos Louise Winter and Susan Bickley.
The Skating Rink promises to be one of the most unusual and intense new operas of the season, with a life beyond Garsington. Catch it before the rest of the world cottons on....
The Skating Rink is sung in English with English surtitles. There are five performances, each with a long dinner interval. Public booking opens 10am, Tues 20 March. Advertised prices include a voluntary development donation of £70. There is a pre-performance talk at 5pm on Sunday 8 July. Trains from Marylebone take about 30 minutes, and Garsington provides a bookable shuttle bus to the opera house.
|What||David Sawer's The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera|
|Where||Garsington Opera , Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
05 Jul 18 – 16 Jul 18, 6:50 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£110 - £160|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|