2019 Season Reviews

Fantasio

★★★
"A terrific cast and razor-sharp routines."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 17 June 2019

★★★
"It is Justin Doyle's orchestra that make the strongest case for this long-neglected work."
Hannah Nepilova, Financial Times, 18 June 2018

"Two central performances of terrific charisma and charm."
Richard Bratby, The Spectator, 22 June 2019

★★★
"The most striking numbers involve Princess Elsbeth, sung with brilliance and charm by Jennifer France."
Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage, 17 June 2019

★★★
"The terrific Garsington Opera Chorus...binding everything and everyone together into a single musical ensemble."
Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 15 June 2019

"This was a performance which both intrigued and engaged."
Robert Hugill, Opera Today, 18 June 2019

 
The Bartered Bride 

Garsington strikes gold again.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 9 June 2019

★★★★
"Natalya Romaniw is the outstanding British lyric soprano of her generation."
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 30 May 2019

A lively production well worth waiting for. 
Simon Heffer, The Telegraph, 16 June 2019

★★★★
"The outstanding performance is Natalya Romaniw, in grand, luscious voice."
Neil Fisher, The Times, 30 May 2019

★★★★
"A winning production. The four principals ensure you don't want the music to stop."
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 3 June 2019

★★★★
"An excellent cast."
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 30 May 2019

★★★★★
"The most felicitous production of it I could ever imagine."
Michael Church, The Independent, 31 May 2019

The ideal summer opera.
Richard Bratby, The Spectator, 8 June 2019

★★★★★
"Garsington Opera at the top of its game."
George Hall, The Stage, 30 May 2019

★★★★
"Setting high operatic standards for Smetana."
Sebastian Scotney, theartsdesk.com, 3 June 2019

★★★★★
"This vivacious, meticulously executed production is a joyful experience from beginning to end."
David Karlin, Bachtrack, 30 May 2019

★★★★
"A wonderfully imagined and musically classy show."
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 31 May 2019

★★★★★​
"The sheer verve and vitality of the Garsington Opera Chorus and circus performers."
Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, 31 May 2019

★★★★
"There is a rare charm and warmth about this production."
Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 30 May 2019

★★★★
"An exuberantly performed, perfectly pitched first show of the season."
Alexandra Coghlan, Broadway World UK, 30 May 2019

"The perfect headliner for Garsington Opera's 30th Anniversary Season."
Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 2 June 2019

"The kind of zing that defines a world-class outfit."
Mark Valencia, Musical America, 29 May 2019

"One of Garsington Opera's most thrilling productions yet."
Amanda Sadler, Henley Standard, 10 June 2019

Don Giovanni

★★★​★​
A group of talented young singers. Jonathan McGovern is splendid. 
David Mellor, Mail on Sunday, 9 June 2019

★★★​
"This staging has flair and a splendid lead."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 3 June 2019

Douglas Boyd's bouncy period-instrument orchestra rippled with colour. 
Richard Bratby, The Spectator, 8 June 2019

★★★​
"A taut account of the score delivered under Douglas Boyyd's sure-footed direction."
George Hall, The Stage, 31 May 2019

★★★​
"Sky Ingram scored a personal triumph."
Mark Valencia, Bachtrack, 31 May 2019

★★★★
"This is the most exciting and well thought-through Don Giovanni I have seen for years."
Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 31 May 2019

★★★​
"Sky Ingram's was the performance of the Summer Festival scene so far."
​Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 3 June 2019

★★★​
"Jonathan McGovern's lithe acting and seductive baritone carry the evening."
Peter Reed, Classical Source, 30 May 2019

"Sky Ingram sang with a winning combination of strong and colourful emotion and control of melodic line."
Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 3 June 2019

"A lively and refreshing take."
Maureen Idowu, Henley Standard, 10 June 2019

 

30th Anniversary Season previews

Garsington Opera: the future's bright
Sunday Times

Garsington's resurrection of an opera by Offenbach
Country Life

Pastoral Harmony: How Garsington's verdant setting plays a starring role in its world-class performances
Harper's Bazaar

How Garsington's grand designs grew even grander
Opera Now Magazine

Martin Duncan & Francis O'Connor on the challenge of a naturally-lit stage
Opera Magazine

Garsington Opera launches programme with fun, thrills and tingles down the spine
Oxford Mail

Sweet symphony
Wildflower Magazine