2015 Season Announced

5 June - 18 July

Having garnered 5★ reviews for all our productions this year, we are delighted to announce our 2015 season. We look forward to bringing back Mozart as a fundamental element of our season with a new production of Così fan tutte; alongside one of the seminal operas of the 20th century, Britten’s Death in Venice, with Steuart Bedford who conducted the 1973 world premiere; and a new production of Richard Strauss’ vividly autobiographical Intermezzo. In addition, Garsington Opera collaborates with the Royal Shakespeare Company on a joint project, providing a rare opportunity to see an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream illuminated with Mendelssohn’s enchanting incidental music. 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director John Fulljames
Designer Dick Bird

Young love is put to the test as two disguised bridegrooms try to trick their fiancées into betrayal. Nobody is left unchanged by the dangerous game. In Mozart and Da Ponte’s final comic masterpiece, sublime music is set against a plot fraught with pathos, risk and irony, where the link between truth and deception is distorted.

5, 7, 13, 19, 22, 25, 28 June & 3, 8, 11 July  


Richard Strauss
Conductor Jac van Steen
Director Bruno Ravella
Designer Giles Cadle

Emotions run high as Christine opens a love letter misaddressed to her faithful husband. Simple mishaps result in complex explanations. In this autobiographical opera, described by Strauss himself as bourgeois comedy, a composer and his wife are portrayed in all their complexity. Interspersed with flashes of humour, domestic relationships are rendered in music of exquisite intensity.

6, 8, 14, 20, 26 June & 2, 5, 7, 9 July 


Benjamin Britten Conductor Steuart Bedford
Director Paul Curran
Designer Kevin Knight

A novelist in crisis travels to Venice for inspiration. The beauty he encounters there is intoxicating. Based on the novella by Thomas Mann, the sensual music of Britten’s last opera is tinged with haunting atmospheric colour. An exotic orchestral score conveys this dramatic story. Steuart Bedford conducts, as he did at the opera’s premiere in 1973

21, 23, 27 June & 1, 4, 10 July


Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music William Shakespeare’s play (abridged) Royal Shakespeare Company under the creative guidance of Gregory Doran
Conductor Douglas Boyd

For the first time Garsington Opera collaborates with the RSC on a joint project, with performances at both Wormsley and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. A rare opportunity to see an abridged version of Shakespeare’s play, performed by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, illuminated with Mendelssohn’s enchanting music, played and sung by Garsington Opera Company and Orchestra.

16, 17, 18 July

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