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La Traviata at the Soho Theatre

Il Divo

Garsington Opera's new venue opens in Buckinghamshire

7 June 2011, Buckinghamshire, UK

Garsington Opera's new Wormsley pavilion
Garsington Opera's new Wormsley pavilion(Photo: Dennis Gilbert)

Andrew Green attended the opening night of this year's Garsington Opera festival and reports on the success of the company's relocation to Buckinghamshire.

First there's the long drive into the heart of the magical Wormsley estate, enclosed by rolling hills on either side. Then the walk alongside a picture-postcard lake, past a meandering line of marquees (looking for all the world like a siege encampment) housing scores of Garsingtonians upending the first champagne of the season.

The pavilion, when it first comes into sight, is a delight of Japanese simplicity and draws you up the hill - talk about seduction! But what matters above all else are the very first sounds to hit 600 pairs of ears: the result made this pair more than happy.

All in all, the re-located Garsington Opera has fallen on its feet.

 

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