"The whole thing is haunting, beautiful and extraordinarily moving."
★★★★ - The Guardian

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 the Philharmonia Orchestra in a specially arranged, reduced orchestration. The wonderful singing of our chorus is 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



12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 September 2020
Start time: 6.30pm 
Finish: c.8.30pm (no interval)

Katherine Broderick
Toby Spence
Stephen Richardson
Andrew Foster-Williams
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
Associate Video Designer
William Reynolds
Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master
Jonathon Swinard
Assistant Director
Cecilia Stinton
Reduced Orchestration
Francis Griffin
Garsington Opera Chorus
Siân Dicker
Carolyn Holt
Richard Pinkstone, Florian Panzieri
Thomas D Hopkinson
Philharmonia Orchestra
Eugene Lee, Emily Davis
William Bender
Timothy Walden
Tim Gibbs
Fiona Kelly
Timothy Rundle
Marie Lloyd
Bassoon & Contrabassoon
Luke Whitehead
Diego Incertis Sánchez, Kira Doherty
Jason Evans
Antoine Siguré
Stage Manager
Ben Cook
Sound Supervisor
Andy Rose
Video Engineer
Steve Parkinson
Surtitle Translation
Kenneth Chalmers
Language Coach
Rahel Wagner

BIOGRAPHIES - Fidelio in Concert

Galina Averina, Marzelline
Galina studied at the Russian University of Theatre Arts, the Welsh International Academy of Voice and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Recent and future engagements include Erenice Venceslao (Opera Settecento); Ilia Idomeneo, Atlanta Serse, Iphise Dardanus, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (English Touring Opera); Partenope Partenope (Iford Arts); Oscar Un ballo in maschera (West Green Opera); and a Mozart Residency at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Other engagements include Brigitta Iolanta, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Xenia Boris Godunov, Noémie Cendrillon, Charmion Cléopâtre (Perm State Opera Theatre); Despina Così fan tutte (Dubrovnik Summer Festival); Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Calisto Giove in Argo, Adele Die Fledermaus and Dalinda Ariodante (RCM International Opera School). 

Douglas Boyd, Conductor
Douglas is Artistic Director of Garsington Opera. He has conducted the Glyndebourne Tour, Opera North and Zurich Opera in repertoire including Die Zauberflöte, La clemenza di Tito and Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio. He conducts regularly in Europe, Australasia (including a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos in Melbourne), Canada and the USA. Plans include The Rape of Lucretia for Potsdamer Winteroper and returns to Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Aalborg Symfoniorkester and L’Orchestre de chambre de Paris, where he was Music Director from 2015 to 2020. Previously for Garsington Opera: Le nozze di Figaro, Fidelio, Così fan tutte, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eugene Onegin, Haydn’s The Creation, Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch, Capriccio and Don Giovanni.

Katherine Broderick, Leonore
Katherine studied at the National Opera Studio and won the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She enjoys a successful career on stage, as a recitalist and in the recording studio. Between 2016 and 2018 Katherine was a member of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe Ensemble, where her roles included Sieglinde Die Walküre, Adriana Adriana Lecouvreur and Vitellia La clemenza di Tito. Highlights of the 2019–20 season included her highly successful debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra singing Brünnhilde Die Walküre with Jaap van Zweden, the Ulster Orchestra for Wesendonck Lieder, conducted by Jac van Steen and the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch. Plans this season include a return to Opéra National de Montpellier for Alice Ford Falstaff and Oper Leipzig for Brünnhilde Die Walküre. Further ahead, Katherine will again return to Oper Leipzig and make her debut with Opéra de Paris. Previously for Garsington Opera: Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw

Richard Burkhard, Fernando
Anglo-Swiss baritone Richard recently sang Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (Classical Opera Company); Count Gil Il segreto di Susanna (Scottish Opera); and Harry Easter Street Scene (Opéra de Monte Carlo). He looks forward to his German debut as Junius The Rape of Lucretia with Kammerakademie Potsdam. He has also performed for the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North and Opera Holland Park, as well as in productions at Teatro Real Madrid, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Bregenz Festival, Moscow's Bolshoy Theatre and New Zealand Opera. Highlights in recent seasons have included Count Gil (Opera Holland Park); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Scottish Opera); Harry Easter Street Scene (Teatro Real Madrid); title role Gianni Schicchi (Opera North); and Garibaldo Rodelinda (Bolshoy). Previously for Garsington Opera: Speaker Die Zauberflöte and Ford Falstaff

Siân Dicker, Chorus Soprano
Siân has recently completed her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She won the Singers Prize in the 2020 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and will compete for their Gold Medal in November. She is a winner of the 2020 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner, Krystal Tunnicliffe, and returns to the Festival for a recital in October. Siân is a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder. Recent roles have included Amaranta La fedeltà premiata, Venus Venus and Adonis (Guildhall Opera); and Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (Hurn Court Opera). She premiered the role of Observer 1 in Lliam Paterson’s new commission The Angel Esmeralda for Guildhall Opera. She is a Live Music Now musician and has worked with the charity to create online concerts for care homes throughout this year.

Andrew Foster-Williams, Pizarro
Andrew's repertoire ranges from the classics of Bach, Handel, Gluck and Mozart to more recent masters including Britten, Stravinsky and Wagner. Recent performances include Pizarro Fidelio (Theater an der Wien); his debut as Telramund Lohengrin under Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Festival de Lanaudière); Captain Balstrode Peter Grimes (Theater an der Wien); Nick Shadow The Rake's Progress, Gunther Götterdämmerung and Kurnewal Tristan und Isolde. This season Andrew makes his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich singing the Four Villains in a new staging of Les contes d'Hoffmann by Andreas Homoki and conducted by Antonino Fogliani. 

Carolyn Holt, Chorus Mezzo-Soprano
Ireland-born Carolyn won the Dermot Troy Prize for the best Irish singer in the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and recently sang the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She was a semi-finalist in the Grange Festival International Singing Competition, 2nd prize winner in the Bampton Young Singers Competition, winner of the Irish Heritage Bursary and the Audience Prize at the NI Opera Festival of Voice. She has worked with Irish National Opera and Welsh National Opera and performs regularly with orchestras and choral societies at home and abroad.

Thomas D Hopkinson, Second Prisoner
Thomas is a current Young Artist at The National Opera Studio supported by Help Musicians UK and The South Square Trust. Notable performances include: Viktor Anya17 (Awayday Music Productions); Hans Foltz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (the Hallé); Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore (Royal Northern College of Music Opera); Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin, Commendatore Don Giovanni (Opera on Location); Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Dr Grenvil La traviata (Westminster Opera); Monterone Rigoletto, Batone L’inganno felice, Caliph Mahadi The Veiled Prophet (Wexford Festival Opera); Marchese d’Obigny La traviata (Al Bustan Festival); Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Handel’s Messiah, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Requiem. He has also performed in the chorus with Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Grange Park Opera. Previously for Garsington Opera: chorus The Bartered Bride, Mourner and chorus Fantasio and King of Bavaria Fantasio (OperaFirst performance).

Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, Jaquino
Trystan's operatic roles include Oronte Alcina (Opéra national de Lorraine); Kudryash Káťa Kabanová (Opéra national de Lorraine, Scottish Opera); Beppe Pagliacci (Zurich Opera, Welsh National Opera); Ferrando Così fan tutte (Scottish Opera); and First Armoured Man/Second Priest Die Zauberflöte (Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam). Concert highlights include Mozart's Requiem with the Orchestre Prométhée at Festival de Lacoste; Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms conducted by Sakari Oramo; Classic FM Live concert, 2018, at the Royal Albert Hall, London; and a concert with Bryn Terfel and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London. He was also named as one of the 2018 HSBC Laureates of the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Previously for Garsington Opera: Ottavio Don Giovanni

Peter Mumford, Stage Director & Lighting / Projection Designer
Recent lighting designs include Madama Butterfly (Vienna State Opera, English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera); Falstaff, Belshazzar, Le nozze di Figaro (Grange Festival); Within the Golden Hour (Royal Ballet); Beauty and Sadness (Hong Kong); Queen of Spades (Vilnius City Opera); The King Dances, Edward II, E=mc2 and Faster (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Káťa Kabanová, Andrea Chénier (Opera North); Manon Lescaut, Werther, Carmen, Faust (Metropolitan Opera); La traviata (Glyndebourne); The Mast of Orpheus, Damnation of Faust (ENO); The Ferryman (West End and Broadway); King Kong (Broadway); My Name is Lucy Barton (Broadway); A Number (Bridge Theatre); Far Away (Donmar Warehouse); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 42nd Street (West End); 8 Hotels (Chichester); Three Sisters (National Theatre); Jude (Hampstead); The Children (Royal Court and New York). Directed and designed concert stagings of The Ring Cycle and The Flying Dutchman (Opera North); Otello (Bergen National Opera) and Fidelio (Orchestre de chambre de Paris). Awards include: Oliviers for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, 1995 and Best Lighting Design, 2005, The South Bank Sky Arts Opera Award, 2017 for The Ring Cycle (Opera North); Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Lighting, 2013 for King Kong and Double Tony nominee 2019 for Best Lighting Design for The Ferryman and King Kong.

Florian Panzieri, Chorus Tenor
Paris-born tenor Florian graduated with a first class Masters in Vocal Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues his studies on the Guildhall Opera Course. Opera credits include Ottavio Don Giovanni (Merry Opera); Berthold Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera); Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw (King’s Opera). He was recently awarded the Rosalind Armstrong Song Prize in the Hurn Court Opera singing competition and is exceptionally grateful to the Leatherseller’s Company, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Mario Lanza Educational Trust for their support. Previously for Garsington Opera: chorus The Bartered Bride and Fantasio and Rutten/Max Fantasio (OperaFirst performance).

Richard Pinkstone, First Prisoner
Born in Northumberland, Richard made his professional operatic debut singing the title role in Albert Herring for the Grange Festival, before joining the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Roles at the RCM included Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The School Master The Cunning Little Vixen, Sandy/Officer 1 The Lighthouse, Il Podestà La finta giardiniera and Alfred Die Fledermaus. His studies were generously supported by the Carne Trust, an Yvonne Wells Award, The Winship Foundation, Talent Unlimited and The Josephine Baker Trust. Since graduating, his engagements have included debuts with Scottish Opera on the Opera Highlights tour, with Nevill Holt Opera as Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Opera North as Tamino The Mini Magic Flute and with English Touring Opera as Pedrillo The Seraglio.

William Reynolds, Associate Video Designer
William has worked with Peter Mumford on the video for The Ring Cycle and The Flying Dutchman at Opera North. Recent designs include set and lighting: Pictures of Dorian Gray (Exeter Northcott and UK tour); Little Mermaid (Theatre by the Lake and UK tour); Jungle Book (London Wonderground and international tour); Blown Away (Lyric Hammersmith and international tour); Radiant Vermin (Soho Theatre and 59E59 New York); Saturday Night (Arts Theatre); lighting: Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall); Weimar Cabaret (Barbican Theatre); Smoke and Mirrors (Queen Elizabeth Hall); lighting and video: Trying it On (Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and UK tour); Sonnet Walks (Globe Theatre); video: Prima Donna (Sadlers Wells); The Gambler (Royal Opera House). William is Artistic Director of Metta Theatre, a creative associate with Aurora Orchestra and recently Artist in Residence at the V&A.

Stephen Richardson, Rocco
Stephen studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has created roles in many important contemporary works including Adès’ The Tempest, Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre II: Re and Tea: A Mirror of Soul, Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit‚ The Importance of Being Earnest and The Intelligence Park, Tavener’s Eis Thanaton‚ Resurrection‚ The Apocalypse and Fall and Resurrection and the British premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale. Most recent and upcoming engagements include Dansker Billy Budd, Dikoj Káťa Kabanová and Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Opera di Roma); King of Hearts in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Los Angeles Philharmonic and Barbican); Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier (Bolshoi‚ Moscow); Hobson Peter Grimes (La Scala‚ Royal Opera House‚ Opera North and Aldeburgh Festival); Geronte Manon Lescaut (Opera Holland Park and Grange Festival); Timur Turandot and Powder Her Face (Northern Ireland Opera); Ochs, Dansker, Dikoy Káťa Kabanová‚ Simone Gianni Schicchi and The General Silent Night (Opera North). Previously for Garsington Opera: Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Sir Morosus Die schweigsame Frau, Waldner Arabella, Trulove The Rake's Progress, Rocco Fidelio and Doctor Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro

Toby Spence, Florestan
Toby divides his time between the concert platform and the world's major opera houses. He has sung with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras under Rattle, San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Gergiev, Los Angeles Philharmonic under Dudamel and at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals under Norrington and Mackerras. Highlights of this season include Florestan Fidelio in Stavanger; Mahler 8 at Atlanta Symphony Hall; Pylades Iphigénie with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Dream of Gerontius at the Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall; Missa Solemnis with the Wroclaw Philharmonic; and Britten's Serenade with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and l'Orchestre National de Lyon. Future plans include Aschenbach Death in Venice for Opera du Rhin and his role debut as Parsifal for Opera North and at the Edinburgh Festival. Previously for Garsington Opera: title role Ideomeno

Cecilia Stinton, Assistant Director
After training as a violinist at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, Cecilia graduated from the University of Oxford in Music and History of Art and is currently finishing a PhD on the history of experimental opera at University College London. She has recently directed Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha for Spectra Ensemble, Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše for University College Opera and scenes from Tristan und Isolde for the University of Oxford. She has assisted at the Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park, Berlin Opera Academy and British Youth Opera. In 2019, Cecilia’s company Spectra Ensemble was nominated in the Broadway World UK Awards for Outstanding Achievement in a New Opera Production for Treemonisha. In 2021, Cecilia will direct Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Oborne Festival and Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate at the Grimeborn Festival before a UK coastal tour.

Jonathon Swinard, Assistant Conductor
Conductor and pianist Jonathon is Head of Music at Garsington Opera and Chorus Master at Scottish Opera. He studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before beginning his career at Scottish Opera. He subsequently held the Alexander Gibson Choral Conducting Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus before spending two years as Solorepetitor and Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater in Nuremberg. Jonathon is passionate about the training of young singers. He spent six years on the Faculty of Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, two years as the Artistic Director of the Scottish Opera Young Company, and was Head of Music for the inaugural New Generation Festival in Florence. He is the Artistic Director of the Young Artists’ Programme at Garsington Opera and works regularly as visiting coach in the major UK music colleges.