Mozart, Strauss and Shakespeare in Stokenchurch
Garsington Opera presents its 26th season with three new productions – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo, Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice and Mozart’s Così fantutte.
The season at Wormsley, sponsored by JLT Group for the second year, runs from 5 June to 19 July and includes our first ever partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company: performances of an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enlightened by Mendelssohn’s incidental music.
6, 8, 14, 20, 26 June & 2, 5, 7, 9 July (6.00pm)
Richard Strauss wrote both libretto and music for Intermezzo, at the centre of which is a thinly disguised portrait of his own marriage, a relationship which baffled many who knew him and his volatile wife. Depicted in the opera as Robert Storch, sung by Mark Stone and Christine, sung by Kate Valentine, both making their role debuts, the couple’s marital discord produces moments of high comedy, always undercut by a genuine pathos. Despite frequent arguments and misunderstandings, Strauss and Pauline loved one another deeply and this love is vividly and touchingly rendered in Intermezzo. Sam Furness, who sang Jaquino in our successful
production of Fidelio last season, sings Baron Lummer with Irish soprano Ailish Tynan singing Anna. They are joined by Benjamin Bevan, Sarah Redgwick, Oliver Johnston, James Cleverton, Gerard Collett, Barnaby Rea and Anna Sideris. Jac van Steen, guest conductor with orchestras that include the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Hallé Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, conducts, and Bruno Ravella makes his debut at Garsington Opera as director, having worked as part of the team on many of John Cox’s successful productions. Olivier Award-winner Giles Cadle, designs. These performances mark a return of Richard Strauss to the Garsington Opera repertoire after an eight-year absence.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music and Royal Shakespeare Company
16, 17, 18, 19 July (6:30pm)
Garsington Opera’s Artistic Director Douglas Boyd, collaborates with Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, on a venture involving artists from both companies. Mendelssohn’s evocative music commissioned by King Frederick IV of Prussia in 1842, illuminates Shakespeare’s intertwined, triple-layered dream world where lovers, fairies and rude mechanicals confuse and pursue one another in a wood near Athens.
An Evening At Garsington Opera
Patrons are invited to arrive from 3:30pm in order to enjoy the gardens and grounds of the Wormsley Estate before performances begin in the early evening. Those arriving early are able to take a short trip in a vintage bus to the 18th century walled garden.
On their return they can enjoy traditional afternoon tea overlooking the cricket pitch, admire the spectacular views across the deer park and lake from the Champagne Bar, or stroll around the opera garden. Performances start in the early evening with a long dinner interval during which patrons can dine in the elegant restaurant marquee overlooking the famous cricket ground or have a picnic by the lake, in the garden or in one of the private picnic tents. Performances resume as the evening light begins to fade and end by 10:15pm. Tickets £102 - £180.
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