24, 25, 26 July 2019
Concert starts 8.30pm.
Dress code is informal as for a summer garden party.
Renowned Baroque and Classical chamber orchestra, The English Concert, makes its Garsington debut for three concert performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer’s first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi’s genius as the ‘Father of opera’. Laurence Cummings (L’Olimpiade, 2012) returns to conduct with a stunning cast of principal singers and the Garsington Opera Chorus.
This special project marks the end of our 30th Anniversary Season with an opportunity to enjoy the delights on offer on the Wormsley Estate, including an afternoon cricket match (date t.b.c), tours of the Walled Garden, and Green Theatre recitals showcasing our Young Artists. Premium tickets include the front rows of the Front Stalls, a visit to the Getty Library (on a timed ticket basis) and a reception with the artistic team. Tea will be available overlooking the cricket ground, and dinner can be booked in the restaurant prior to the concert.