The world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra began a five-year residency with Garsington Opera in 2017, performing one opera each season. They made their Garsington debut under conductor Jac van Steen with Pelléas et Mélisande, followed by Falstaff with Richard Farnes in 2018 and join us in 2019 for Smetana's The Bartered Bride with Jac van Steen returning.
Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation programmes. Based in London, but with residencies in cities throughout England and a thriving international touring programme and global digital reach, the Philharmonia engages with a world-wide audience and an extensive history of opera performance.
"The Philharmonia almost burst out of their confines with the exuberance of their playing. I've never heard Falstaff better conducted."
Mail on Sunday
"The plush sounds emanating from the pit felt like a gift for being good."