RECENT PRESS ARTICLES

2014

FIDELIO

One of the most viscerally powerful accounts of Beethoven’s opera I have ever seen
★★★★★
The Independent
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This is a Fidelio which you should not miss
★★★★★
Music OMH
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Fidelio to remember
★★★★
The Stage

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The simplicity and eloquence of John Cox’s Fidelio from 2009 make it easy to see why it’s quite literally back by popular demand
★★★★
What’s On Stage
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A great start to the season
★★★★
The Express
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The Garsington Chorus is superbly vibrant
The Times
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Garsington’s Fidelio is an evening of beautiful music
Bachtrack
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Fidelio doesn’t come much better than this
The Arbuturian
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Atmospheric, heroic, liberating
Classical Source
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Dark and powerful…a night of drama
Bucks Free Press
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VERT-VERT

Vert-Vert is a joy from start to finish
★★★★★
What’s On Stage
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A witty, delightful and sparkling production
★★★★★
MusicalCriticism.com
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Irresistible
★★★★
The Times
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Exuberant virtuosity takes the breath away
★★★★
The Independent
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Such high production values that it becomes irresistible
★★★★
The Stage
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The perfect complement to a summer’s day picnicking in a beautiful setting
★★★★
Music OMH
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Two and a half hours of unalloyed pleasure, excelling in every department
★★★★
Bachtrack
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Delightful…the cast is excellent
The Spectator
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An undiluted triomphe from first note to last
Opera Today
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It’s seldom that I’ve witnessed an operetta by Offenbach as well performed as this
The Telegraph
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An unashamed romp
The Evening Standard
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Ebullient, witty and charming
The Guardian
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This time Wormsley really did offer us The Three Tenors
The Arts Desk
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THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

Claire Booth exceeds even high expectations as a knockout Vixen in this superb rendering of Janáček’s opera
★★★★★
The Guardian
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Teeming with life…this new production of Janáček’s masterpiece expertly captures the composer’s unsettling heartache and brims with fine performances
★★★★★
The Telegraph
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Luminous and lucid…perfectly cast and immaculately delivered, it brings the work to life with wit, tenderness and a welcome absence of sentimentality
★★★★★
What’s On Stage
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Admirably clear-cut, beautifully sung…there is not a single weakness in the cast
★★★★
Music OMH
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Art and nature in sync. Janáček would have approved
★★★★
The Financial Times
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An undoubted success for the festival, and a production that will surely win many new admirers for this life-enhancing piece
★★★★
The Stage
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A glorious evening
★★★★
The Express
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Janáček’s score presented in all its rustic glory
★★★★
Bachtrack
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What a great evening of summer opera
Classical Source
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Claire Booth is a riveting revelation in the title role, her spirited Czech inflections ringing out at every turn
The Arts Desk
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Claire Booth’s Vixen is beyond compare, both in the way she moves and acts, and in the soaring beauty of her sound
The Independent
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Bucks Free Press
Maometto secondo

Classical Source
Maometto secondo

The Independent
Maometto secondo

The Telegraph
Maometto secondo

Longtime Garsington Opera supporter Terry Wogan talks to the Henley Standard about the 2013 season.
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Hänsel und Gretel Director Olivia Fuchs talks to The Oxford Times.
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Mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup in conversation with The Australian Times
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The Daily Telegraph‘s opera critic Rupert Christiansen discusses ‘A night at the country-house opera’.
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Conductor David Parry speaks to Opera Today about the British Premiere of Maometto secondo.
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Executive Director Nicola Creed on the final preparations for this season.
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Artistic Director Douglas Boyd talks to Musical Criticism about his plans for Garsington Opera.
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Artistic Director Douglas Boyd talks to Opera Today about the 2013 season.
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The Lincolnshire Echo reports on the life-size gingerbread house for the SO Festival 2013.
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2012

The Independent
Don Giovanni / L’Olimpiade

The Financial Times
Don Giovanni

The New York Times
L’Olimpiade

The Guardian
L’Olimpiade

 

The Telegraph
L’Olimpiade

The Guardian
La Périchole

The Telegraph
La Périchole

Opera Today
Garsington Opera at Wormsley