Strauss’ private life and rising stars

Providing an insight into Strauss' private life, particularly the relationship with his wife Pauline, Intermezzo combines comedy, with drama and music. Rising star Oliver Johnston talks about taking on the role of Stroh and working with conductor Jac van Steen, director Bruno Ravella and designer Giles Cadle.  

Oliver Johnston tenor Stroh Intermezzo "I cannot wait to return to Garsington Opera this summer to sing the role of Stroh in Strauss’ Intermezzo and explore this fascinating opera. Intermezzo has something for everyone: great music, comedy, drama and also a unique insight into Strauss’ tempestuous private life. I’m currently studying on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music and am so excited to be working with such a talented cast and creative team in the form of acclaimed Straussian conductor Jac van Steen, director Bruno Ravella and designer Giles Cadle Garsington Opera offers amazing opportunities and experiences for young singers such as myself. I was lucky enough to sing in the Chorus in 2014 and understudy the role of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 2013. This was a fantastic experience as, in addition to being given the invaluable opportunity of performing our cover roles at a special Understudy Showcase, we were able to attend lunchtime lectures on a range of topics from audition preparation, to tax advice and dietary guidance. Wormsley really is the most magical setting, and I feel so privileged to be able to be part of the 2015 season."