The world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra began their residency with Garsington Opera in 2017, making their debut under conductor Jac van Steen with Pelléas et Mélisande, followed by Falstaff with Richard Farnes in 2018 and Smetana's The Bartered Bride in 2019 with Jac van Steen returning. From 2020 they increase their commitment to two or three productions annually for the next five years. Next year they will perform Verdi's Un giorno di regno, Dvořák's Rusalka and Beethoven's Fidelio.
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 matches the onstage sparkle."
"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."