2016 Season Announced

3 June - 17 July 2016

The 2016 season presents four masterpieces by some of the most enduring composers of all time. Tchaikovsky's most famous and exquisite opera, Eugene Onegin, is brought to life for the first time at Garsington Opera by Michael Boyd together with our Artistic Director, Douglas Boyd. The work of Rossini makes a return to the Festival with his sparkling L'italiana in Algeri, expertly led by David Parry. Idomeneo, Mozart's sublime early masterpiece is directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Tobias Ringborg. In addition, Garsington Opera collaborates with Rambert on a joint project, providing a rare opportunity to see Haydn's The Creation illuminated through dance.

EUGENE ONEGIN Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director Michael Boyd
Designer Tom Piper

Tatyana, a dreamy country girl, falls in love with the handsome, imperious Eugene Onegin - a man whose world-weary cynicism proves fatal, both to his own chances of finding contentment and to the happiness of those around him. Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the RSC, and Tom Piper, whose ceramic poppies were seen at the Tower of London, bring Tchaikovsky’s impassioned music and this fateful romance to life.
3, 5, 11, 16, 18, 25, 29 June & 1, 5, 7 July  


L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI Gioachino Rossini
Conductor David Parry
Director William Tuckett
Designer George Souglides

Isabella, an Italian lady of independent spirit, resourcefulness and wit, runs rings around the various men she encounters. Finding herself at the mercy of the blustering Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, she must use all the skills in her considerable armoury to escape from his clutches, taking her beloved Lindoro with her. With improbable climaxes and musical jokes, Rossini’s deliciously funny opera glistens with coloratura and rapid-fire patter sequences.
4, 6, 12, 15, 20, 23, 28 June & 2, 8, 10 July


IDOMENEO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor Tobias Ringborg
Director Tim Albery
Designer Hannah Clark

Returning from the Trojan War, Idomeneo, King of Crete, narrowly escapes drowning. He makes a vow to Neptune that he will sacrifice the first living creature he meets and, to his horror and despair, that turns out to be his own son. An opera of dramatic immediacy, it contains some of Mozart’s most sublime, inventive and tender music.
19, 22, 24, 27, 30 June & 3, 6, 9, 11 July


Douglas Boyd
Choreographer/Director Mark Baldwin
Designer/Director Pablo Bronstein
In collaboration with Rambert

A rare opportunity to experience Haydn’s most famous and enduring masterpiece performed by Garsington Opera soloists, chorus and orchestra, in a unique collaboration with Rambert, Britain’s national dance company. Depicting through music and dance the creation of the universe as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost, The Creation showcases Haydn’s extraordinary gift for vivid compositional colour, texture and characterisation.
15, 16, 17 July

If you would like the opportunity to secure tickets on the dates of your choice through members' priority booking, we would be delighted to welcome you. New members are welcome to join at the level of Patron or above. Those wishing to become Friends or Special Friends of Garsington Opera must be introduced by an existing or are invited to join a waiting list in the form of our Affiliate Membership.