Rusalka: Creative team update

Preparations for the 2022 Festival are well under way and we look forward to unveiling more details of each of our productions with you as the months progress.

One of the four operas in the forthcoming festival is Dvořák’s Rusalka, a much-anticipated production that had been scheduled for our 2020 Season. Sadly, due to ill health, director Michael Boyd has had to withdraw. We are so grateful for Michael’s creativity and dedication to this production since its inception, and wish him all our love and a speedy recovery.

As director of Rusalka, we are delighted to welcome Jack Furness to make his Garsington Opera debut. With Tom Piper's atmospheric designs we eagerly anticipate the realisation of Dvořák’s masterpiece on the Garsington Opera stage.

Michael is a wonderful artist, colleague and friend and we all send him our love and wish him a speedy recovery. To direct Rusalka, we are delighted to welcome Jack, a brilliant young director, to Garsington Opera and I look forward to working with him on this production.”

Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director

British stage director Jack Furness is the founder and Artistic Director of Shadwell Opera. He studied music at Cambridge University and was an Emerging Artist Director for Scottish Opera in the 2015-16 season.

Recent highlights include creating new productions of Don Giovanni (Nevill Holt Opera), Gianni Schicchi (Copenhagen Opera Festival), Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are (Shadwell Opera at Alexandra Palace Theatre and Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg), Dido and Aeneas (Royal Academy of Music), and The Rape of Lucretia (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); his US debut reviving David McVicar’s production of Carmen (Dallas Opera); and reviving Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).