Lockdown Prisoners Chorus -- 2020 Young Artists

I see how an angel, fragrant like a rose, comforting, stands by my side to lead me to freedom.
Florestan [Fidelio]

12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 September 2020
Start time: 6.30pm 
Finish: c.8.00pm (no interval)

The outstanding cast, led by Katherine Broderick as Leonore and Toby Spence as Florestan, performs Peter Mumford's semi-staged concert of Beethoven's masterwork, complete with a beautifully filmed backdrop, that Garsington Opera last performed to great critical acclaim at the Philharmonie in Paris in 2016.

Douglas Boyd conducts members of the Philharmonia Orchestra in a specially arranged, reduced orchestration. The wonderful singing of our chorus will be pre-recorded and artfully integrated into the performance.

Fidelio is a wonderfully fitting work to announce our return to the stage. The worldwide plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary Beethoven season were of course decimated because of Covid 19 and I'm thrilled that we can still bring his opera to life in 2020. The themes of oppression and isolation, but also of hope and above all the power of love, make it the perfect opera for our times. This project is so important to us all - artists and audiences alike - to share the power of music, together again.

Douglas Boyd (Conductor & Artistic Director)


BBC Radio 3 Broadcast - Saturday 26 September, 6.30pm

Katherine Broderick
Toby Spence
Joshua Bloom
David Soar
Galina Averina
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths
Richard Burkhard
First Prisoner
Richard Pinkstone
Second Prisoner
Thomas D Hopkinson
Douglas Boyd
Stage Director, Lighting & Projection Designer
Peter Mumford
Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra & Garsington Opera Chorus

We are committed to bringing you the highest artistic quality and to ensuring your safety. The audience will be distanced and all appropriate safety measures will be in place following government guidelines. 

The Garsington Experience

We are delighted to be able to welcome you to Wormsley in September, with ample space to enjoy the glorious views of the Chilterns across the cricket ground and the Deer Park. Whilst some elements will be different to a normal visit during the opera season, the spirit of Garsington is alive and well and we will be doing everything we can to ensure you have a fabulous time. 

You are invited to arrive from 4.30pm, two hours before the start of the performance, and to bring your own drinks and picnic. Guests can wander around the Opera Garden adjacent to the auditorium (the Walled Garden will not be open). We will provide al fresco tables and chairs in the Deer Park and on the Champagne Lawn. Gourmet Picnics are available to order from Quince and Clover at Great Tew.



Performance Schedule
Saturday 12 September
Monday 14 September
Wednesday 16 September
Friday 18 September
Sunday 20 September
Start time: 
6.30pm (c.90 minute performance with no interval)

Our primary consideration is of course the safely of all our audience and performers. We will ensure that you feel comfortable to join us, confident that we will apply our usual attention to detail and careful planning.

We are very fortunate to have a 'hybrid auditorium' completely covered overhead so that the performance can proceed whatever the weather, and with its sliding side screens allowing good air circulation. Whilst the heating will be on, we recommend you bring an extra layer for warmth in case it is chilly. 

We will be following current Government guidelines and will send up to date information ahead of your visit. Here are a few headline points. 

Open windows
our hybrid theatre provides fresh air-flow, under cover

190 seats
appropriately distanced on all sides

Face masks
required to be worn in the auditorium when not seated

One way systems
in place to ensure safe audience flow

Hand washing
our usual ample provision of WCs and sanitising gel will be readily available

Contactless ticketing
fully electronic ticketing & communications