Friday, 12 August 2022

Partnership fires up opera‘s act of Creation

THE curtain may have come down on Garsington Opera‘s 2015 season at Wormsley, but the good

THE curtain may have come down on Garsington Opera‘s 2015 season at Wormsley, but the good news for music lovers is that details of next year‘s programme have already been announced.

Sunday‘s transfer of A Midsummer Night‘s Dream to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon marked the final hurrah of a triumphant run of shows that got under way with Mozart‘s Così fan tutte on June 5.

The 2015 season has achieved that rarest of doubles — being both critically acclaimed and popular with the public.

Garsington spokeswoman Clare Adams said 98 per cent of the available seats had been sold.

She added: “We have been so successful this season that it will be increased by two performances in 2016. We‘re particularly delighted that our under-35 scheme is so popular and sells out within five minutes of opening.“

Much of the credit must go to artistic director Douglas Boyd. Although he has been in post since 2012, this year‘s programme was the first to have been chosen by him from the ground up.

Having put his stamp on things, he is already thinking about what comes next (and no doubt about what comes after that).

Mr Boyd said he was delighted to announce that 2016‘s Garsington Opera programme will include a collaboration with the Rambert dance company on Haydn‘s The Creation.

In addition, the 2016 season will feature a further three new productions: Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin (conducted by Douglas Boyd and directed by Michael Boyd); Rossini‘s L‘italiana in Algeri (conducted by David Parry and directed by William Tuckett); and Mozart‘s Idomeneo (conducted by Tobias Ringborg and directed by Tim Albery).

Rambert will be the first dance company to appear on stage at Garsington Opera.

Regarded as Haydn‘s masterpiece, The Creation will be conducted by Douglas Boyd and brought to life by choreographer Mark Baldwin and visual artist Pablo Bronstein.

Mr Boyd said: “We want to celebrate our wonderful opera pavilion and Garsington Opera in every possible way, and I am delighted to be collaborating with Rambert.

“Bringing together different art forms is something that I believe enhances and complements our opera festival as we continue to explore partnerships with some of the most vibrant arts organisations of our time.“

Mark Baldwin, who is also Rambert‘s artistic director, added: “Music and cross-artform collaboration have always been an integral part of Rambert‘s work and a particular passion of mine.

“I am hugely excited to be collaborating with Garsington Opera and Pablo Bronstein on this very special project which will see Rambert‘s world-class dancers join the incredible Garsington soloists, orchestra and chorus.

“I believe this will maximise the creativeness and beauty of Haydn‘s masterpiece and prove to be a glorious and uplifting experience.“

Britain‘s oldest dance company, Rambert presents new and historic dance works to audiences in all parts of the country, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music.

Rambert also undertakes extensive outreach, education, participation and professional development work.

For its part, Garsington Opera has been staging a series of free screenings of Così fan tutte at locations around the country.

The first of these was at the Marlow Festival on June 14, and at the time of writing three more dates remain — the first of which takes place at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on Thursday, September 3.

Screenings in Grimsby and Ramsgate are due to follow in September and October.

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