2019 Season Reviews


"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