Looking forward to looking back

Over the last week, we have received so many messages of support from our members and artistic community.  None of us could have imagined the current situation, but the response and the groundswell of kindness from the ‘Garsington Family’ has been moving and wonderful – I thank you all for that and for your generosity, allowing us to support our artists and production staff in the way that we think is right and you, our members, would expect. 

I’m deeply sad that we can’t bring our 2020 programme to you this summer. Building a season is not only exhilarating, it is also at the heart of what I do as Artistic Director. The planning, of course, starts years before the actual season – making sure the mix of operas is just right, and then finding extraordinary artists to bring it all to life. Whilst it’s now not possible to share the fruits of that labour, it is also not completely lost…

We’ve built sets, and we can store them; we’ve conceived productions with directors, and we can conserve them; we’ve curated casts of extraordinary artists, and we can do so again. As far as we are concerned, 2021 and beyond is a certainty for Garsington Opera.

For now, we're in our homes, each facing our own personal set of challenges. The happier of my challenges will be to work out when each of these jewels can appear in a future season for us to enjoy in the coming years.

In the meantime, we want to bring you something special to enjoy inside: "Garsington Opera at Home". We offer Le nozze di Figaro (2017) in full and, over the coming months, we will be putting more short performances online for you to enjoy, perhaps with an indoor picnic. You can also join our live streamed weekly #MondayMotivation series for all ages where you can lift your spirits with a short opera workout from our Learning & Participation team.

You can access all of that, and a bit more, for free on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/GarsingtonOpera) or on our website as well.

Finally, thank you. You make Garsington Opera what it is.

Douglas Boyd
Artistic Director, Garsington Opera