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Garsington Opera C


ountry House Opera is boom- ing and one of the leaders


in the field is Garsington Opera, which holds its summer festival in the months of June and July in the midst of the rolling Chiltern Hills. Performances take place in the spectacular Opera Pavilion on the Wormsley Estate, home of the Getty family, an hour from London and 20 minutes from Oxford. Garsington Opera was founded


in 1989 by the late Leonard Ingrams and his wife Rosalind at Garsington Manor, near Oxford, an Elizabethan mansion renowned for its ravish- ing gardens and infamous former owner Lady Ottoline Morrell. Since 2011 Garsington Opera is based on the Getty family estate, set deep in the Wormsley valley and home of the famous Getty Library. In a fold of the woods across from the late Sir Paul Getty’s beloved Cricket Ground an elegant Opera Pavilion, based on the Japanese-style Kabuki pavilions, was


erected. Purpose-built, with superb acoustics and comfortable seating, the audience are able to look out onto the landscape beyond. There is a long dinner interval when patrons can picnic in the Deer Park or have a three-course dinner in one of the beautifully dressed restaurant mar- quees. Garsington Opera engages the


very best performers from around the world, as well as showcasing ris- ing stars from within Britain. Singers work with directors and conductors of distinction and the Garsington Opera Orchestra provides the artistic core of the festival’s performances, with many of the musicians having played with the company for over 20 years. Their contribution and the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the Gars- ington Opera Chorus, most of whom are just out of music conservatoires, are integral to the Garsington Opera experience. Garsington Opera presents its


27th season, which runs from 3 June to 17 July.


It will present Tchai-


kovsky’s powerful Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s great opera seria Idomeneo, Rossini’s sparkling L’italiana in Algeri, and an innovative collaboration with Rambert, one of Britain’s lead- ing dance companies, with a unique realisation of Haydn’s The Creation combining music and dance.


To find out more about member- ship and to book tickets, please visit www.garsingtonopera.org or call the Box Office on 01865 361636.


What the press say: It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic out- door setting for an opera production than Wormsley - New York Times


A glassy , light-filled pavilion theatre which achieves an intimacy rarely pos- sible at any other performance of such world-class calibre. - Independent


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