2022 Season Announced

Garsington Opera is delighted to announce the 2022 Season programme – Monteverdi's Orfeo, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Dvořák's Rusalka, Britten's The Turn of the Screw and a new community opera by Roxanna Panufnik, Dalia.


Conductor Laurence Cummings 
Director John Caird
Designer Robert Jones
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant

Orfeo Ed Lyon
The Messenger Diana Montague
La Musica Claire Lees
Speranza Laura Fleur
Euridice Zoe Drummond
Caronte Frazer Scott
Pluto Ossian Huskinson
Proserpina Lauren Joyanne Morris
Nymph Anna Cavaliero
Alto Shepherd Georgia Mae Bishop
Shepherd 1 Florian Panzieri
Shepherd 2 David Horton
Shepherd 3 / Spirit 1 Richard Pinkstone
Shepherd 4 / Spirit 3 Dafydd Jones
Shepherd 5 / Spirit 2 Philippe Durrant
Shepherd 6 / Spirit 4 Michael Bell
Bass Shepherd / Bass Spirit Joe Chalmers

Amber Doyle
Maddy Brennan
Benjamin Derham
Annie Joy Edwards
Cameron Everitt
Emily Gunn

The English Concert

1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 23, 25 June & 3 July 2022

Orpheus sings his way to the underworld in pursuit of his wife Euridice, all obstacles overcome by the power of his voice. He finds her but loses her again. Orfeo encapsulates the human condition through Monteverdi’s genius. This is music about music, giving words their expression and allowing them to take flight, all the while celebrating the unique talents of each performer.


Così fan tutte

Conductor Tobias Ringborg 
Director John Cox
Designer Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
Associate Director Bruno Ravella

Fiordiligi Camila Titinger
Dorabella Polly Leech
Ferrando Gavan Ring
Guglielmo Seán Boylan
Don Alfonso Henry Waddington
Despina Ailish Tynan

The English Concert

2, 4, 10, 12, 17, 26 June & 1, 8, 13, 16 & 20 July 2022

A light-hearted wager spirals out of control when two young soldiers allow themselves to be drawn into the intrigues of their cynical friend, persuading them to put the love of their adored fiancées to the test. The third of Mozart’s collaborations with Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte is a bitter-sweet comedy and contains some of his most captivating music through which real people face real and painful predicaments. A recreation of John Cox’s celebrated production from Garsington Manor, we welcome back Tobias Ringborg to conduct.



Conductor Douglas Boyd 
Director Jack Furness
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Choreographer / Movement Director​ Fleur Darkin
Circus Choreographer Lina Johansson

Rusalka Natalya Romaniw
Prince Gerard Schneider
Vodnik Musa Ngqungwana
Ježibaba Christine Rice
Foreign Princess Sky Ingram
Gamekeeper John Findon
Kitchen Boy Grace Durham
First nymph Marlena Devoe
Second nymph Heather Lowe
Third nymph Stephanie Wake-Edwards
Hunter Mark Nathan

Sophie Earl
Lauren Jamieson
Victoria McManus
Sophie Northmore
Helen Parke
Lisa Whitmore

Philharmonia Orchestra

18, 22, 24, 30 June & 4, 9, 14, 17, 19 July 2022

The water spirit Rusalka sacrifices everything, including her voice, to follow the Prince she loves into the human world. Her silence comes between them in a powerful and poignant fable. Dvořák’s best-loved opera is an intoxicating combination of folk tunes, courtly dances and soaringly romantic melodies, shimmering with watery light and glinting darkness, including the sublime ‘Song to the Moon’. 


The Turn of the Screw

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth 
Director Louisa Muller 
Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth

Governess Verity Wingate
Quint/Prologue Robert Murray
Miles Ben Fletcher / Isaac Rogers
Flora Maia Greaves / Adrianna Forbes-Dorant
Mrs Grose Susan Bickley
Miss Jessel Helena Dix

Philharmonia Orchestra

2, 5, 7, 10, 15, 18 July 2022

A young governess is sent to a remote country house to care for two children. She becomes increasingly disturbed by their behaviour but is under strict instruction never to bother their guardian in London. Are they innocent or wicked, possessed or just high-spirited? One of the most dramatically engaging English operas, it has a gripping score full of musical character, suspense and intensity. Louisa Muller’s acclaimed production (2020 RPS Award) returns with Mark Wigglesworth conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in Britten’s extraordinary masterpiece.


A Community Opera 
Roxanna Panufnik

Conductor Douglas Boyd 
Director Karen Gillingham
Designer Rhiannon Newman-Brown
Lighting Designer Ben Pickersgill
Choreographer Natasha Khamjani

Dalia Adrianna Forbes-Dorant
Aisha Merit Ariane
Maya Nadine Benjamin
Harry Jonathan Lemalu
Fred Ed Lyon
Roger Andrew Watts

Philharmonia Orchestra

28, 30 & 31 July 2022

Dalia, a new "People’s Opera", is co-created and performed by 180 amateur and professional participants. A new commission by Garsington Opera, Roxanna Panufnik & Jessica Duchen collaborate once again to create an opera for all ages and backgrounds. Dalia is a young refugee from Syria. Having lost her own family she is fostered in the UK and discovers a passion for cricket. She contends with racism, fear and loss before facing an impossible decision. This creative celebration explores universal themes of kindness, empathy and humanity, bringing diverse communities together on our stage.