Friday, 21 September 2018

Tickets go on sale for Garsington

TICKETS for this year’s summer season at Garsington Opera go on sale to the general public on Monday.

TICKETS for this year’s summer season at Garsington Opera go on sale to the general public on Monday.

The season opens on Friday, June 7 in the new open-air venue at the Wormsley Estate and features three new productions — the British première of Rossini’s epic drama Maometto Secondo and Humperdinck’s familiar tale Hänsel Und Gretel. One of Mozart’s finest operatic works, Die Enthürung Aus Dem Serail, is staged in modern dress with the story based on a football club.

The season runs until July 20 and includes some of the most talented singers in the world performing alongside young rising stars. It culminates in a large-scale community opera Road Rage, featuring 200 people, with a libretto written by the well-known satirist Richard Stilgoe.

The Japanese-inspired opera pavilion is situated in the deer park of the estate, which is owned by the Getty family, and was designed to take advantage of the views over surrounding countryside. Garsington spokeswoman Clare Adams said: “This magnificent location in the Chiltern Hills, on the border of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, is just an hour from central London by car and as little as 25 minutes by train to the nearest station at High Wycombe. There is a dedicated bus which meets the train to bring passengers to and from the Wormsley estate.

“Performances start in the early evening and there is a long dinner interval when audiences can picnic or dine in the restaurant overlooking the famous cricket pitch with catering provided by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts.”

Audience members may arrive from 3.30pm to enjoy the setting, take a free vintage shuttle bus from the cricket pavilion to the 18th century walled garden, set up picnics or meet friends for pre-performance tea or champagne.

To book tickets for this year’s opera season ring the box office on 01865 361636 from Monday, April 15. Alternatively, visit the website www.garsingtonopera.org

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