2020 Season Introduction

The King of Poland has left to reclaim his throne. When he asks Belfiore to impersonate him, the power goes to his head. But will his matchmaking go to plan, and can he fool everyone, even if it's only for a day? Bumbling bureaucrats, demanding daughters and preoccupied young lovers create turmoil - maybe being King isn't the happy ending Belfiore was hoping for. 

Verdi's first comic opera, King for a Day (the only other being Falstaff) is an energetic display of rhythmic vitality, dazzling arias and fast-paced ensembles, bringing the characters vividly to life; the emotions are raw and real. 

Christopher Alden makes his Garsington directing debut, Tobias Ringborg (Idomeneo, 2016) returns to conduct, with Grant Doyle (The Skating Rink, 2017) as Belfiore and Christine Rice (Semele, 2017) as the Marchesa. 

Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 

Grant Doyle
Marchesa di Poggio
Christine Rice
Barone di Kelbar
Henry Waddington
Giulietta di Kelbar
Siobhan Stagg
Konu Kim
La Rocca
Richard Burkhard
Tobias Ringborg
Christopher Alden
Set & Lighting Designer
Charles Edwards
Costume Designer
Sue Willmington
Movement Director
Tim Claydon
Philharmonia Orchestra & Garsington Opera Chorus