Tag Archives: Garsington

Bartered Bride, Garsington, July 2023

This opera from the later days of the Austrian Empire, written in the local vernacular of the Czech lands, is a romp. Rather than the Germanic influence of Austria however this has the flavour of Czech folk music. It should be played with complete passion, and under the excellent baton of Jac van Steen it …

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Rusalka, Garsington, July 2022

Water is the source of life, yet for the Prince in Dvořák’s remarkable opera Rusalka it leads to death. The natural world he has encountered only when out hunting does not fulfil his needs, and this lost soul is drawn to the lake with its mysterious yet vibrant life. See my review in The Article.

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Eugene Onegin, Garsington, June 2021

Terrific performances by Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii as Tatyana and British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron as Olga in an excellent production by Michael Boyd. They headed a fine cast under the baton of Douglas Boyd (no relation), who fully brought out the emotional intensity of Tchaikovsky’s music. My review in The Article.

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Turn of the Screw, Garsington Opera, July 2019

A hauntingly memorable interpretation of Britten’s masterpiece based on the Henry James story, with Sophie Bevan expressing the naïve yet fevered emotions of the Governess. Wonderful singing from all the cast, including Ed Lyon as Quint — see my review in The Article.

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