2021 Casts Announced

We are delighted to announce casting details for the 2021 Season.

Der Rosenkavalier  opens the season on 2 June 2021 and we welcome back Miah Persson, who triumphed in Strauss’s Capriccio in 2018, as the Marschallin and Hanna Hipp (Fantasio 2019) as Octavian. American Soprano Madison Leonard makes her Garsington Opera debut as Sophie, American bass-baritone Derrick Ballard as Baron Ochs and British mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately as Annina. Richard Burkhard (Fidelio 2020) is Faninal. Jordan de Souza also makes his debut conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Director Bruno Ravella (Falstaff 2018) is joined by designer Gary McCann and lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth for this new co-production with Irish National Opera.

Michael Boyd’s production of Eugene Onegin (2016) returns with designer Tom Piper, lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth, acrobatic choreographer Lina Johansson and movement director / choreographer Liz Ranken. We welcome two exciting debut artists to Garsington: Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii as Tatyana and Singaporean-British mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron as Olga. Jonathan McGovern (Don Giovanni 2019) makes his role debut as Eugene Onegin. Sam Furness (Capriccio 2018) plays Lensky and with Matthew Rose (Die Entführung aus dem Serail 2013) as Gremin, Douglas Boyd conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra.  

Handel’s Amadigi is presented in a new production by director / designer Netia Jones (Die Zauberflöte 2018). Mezzo-soprano Sonja Runje makes her debut as Amadigi. We also welcome soprano Rhian Lois as Oriana, Anna Devin (Hansel und Gretel 2013) as Melissa and Tim Mead (L’Olimpiade 2012) as Dardano. Christian Curnyn (Die Zauberflöte 2018) conducts The English Concert.  

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory appears in a new production by debut director Cal McCrystal. The cast includes Jack Swanson (Il turco in Italia 2017) as Count Ory and Andrea Carroll (Pelléas et Mélisande 2017) as Adèle. Jacques Imbrailo makes his Garsington debut as Raimbaud, Katie Bray (Il turco in Italia 2017) plays Isolier, Patricia Bardon (La pietra del paragone 1998) is Ragonde and Joshua Bloom (The Bartered Bride 2019) is the Tutor. Valentina Peleggi makes her Garsington Opera debut conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.  


Der Rosenkavalier 

Marschallin Miah Persson
Octavian Hanna Hipp
Sophie Madison Leonard
Baron Ochs Derrick Ballard
Faninal Richard Burkhard
Marianne Rebecca von Lipinski
Valzacchi Colin Judson
Annina Kitty Whately
Italian Tenor Oliver Johnston
Police Commissar Julian Close

Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor Jordan de Souza
Director Bruno Ravella
Designer Gary McCann
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth


Eugene Onegin

Tatyana Natalia Tanasii
Onegin Jonathan McGovern
Lensky Sam Furness
Olga Fleur Barron
Gremin Matthew Rose
Larina Yvonne Howard
Filippyevna Kathleen Wilkinson
Triquet Colin Judson

Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director Michael Boyd
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Acrobatic Choreography Lina Johansson
Movement Director / Choreographer Liz Ranken



Amadigi Sonja Runje
Melissa Anna Devin
Oriana Rhian Lois
Dardano Tim Mead

The English Concert

Conductor Christian Curnyn
Director / Designer Netia Jones
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire


Le Comte Ory

Count Ory Jack Swanson
Adèle Andrea Carroll
Isolier Katie Bray
Raimbaud Jacques Imbrailo
Ragonde Patricia Bardon
Tutor Joshua Bloom

Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor Valentina Peleggi
Director Cal McCrystal
Designer takis
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire
Choreographer Tim Claydon