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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Garsington Opera announces extended 2017 season

3:30, 16th January 2017

Garsington Opera’s 2017 season will see the company present four productions and a large community opera for the first time in its history.

The season will begin on 1 June with a new production of Handel’s Semele, which will be conducted by Jonathan Cohen and directed by Annilese Miskimmon in collaboration with designer Nicky Shaw. Starring Heidi Stober in the title role, the cast will also include Robert Murray, Christine Rice and Christopher Ainslie. As part of the Garsington Opera for All programme, the production will be screened free of charge in Skegness, Ramsgate, Burnham-on-Sea and Grimsby.

The Philharmonic Orchestra will launch its five year partnership with Garsington with Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Jonathan McGovern and Andrea Carroll will sing the title roles, with Paul Gay as Golaud, Susan Bickley as Geneviève and Brian Bannatyne-Scott as Arkel. Jac van Steen will conduct, and Michael Boyd will direct.

The season includes two revivals: Martin Duncan’s 2011 production of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, which will feature Mark Stone, Sarah Tynan, Katie Bray and Quirijn de Lang, and will be conducted by David Parry; and John Cox’s 2005 take on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which will be recreated for Wormsley’s opera pavilion. Joshua Bloom will sing the title role, with Jennifer France as Susanna, Kirsten MacKinnon as the Countess, Duncan Rock as the Count and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Cherubino.

The season will conclude with Silver Birch, a large-scale work for a professional cast with local community participants of all ages, commissioned by Garsington Opera from leading British composer Roxanna Panufnik and librettist Jessica Duchen. The professional roles will be performed by Sam Furness, Victoria Simmonds, Darren Jeffery, Bradley Travis, Sarah Redgwick and James Way. Douglas Boyd will conduct the Garsington Opera Orchestra, and Karen Gillingham will direct.

The season runs from 1 June to 30 July. Public booking opens 28 March.


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