Discover the secrets from behind the scenes during a Garsington Opera performance. Filmed during the final night of Il turco in Italia in the 2017 Season, you'll see the precision timing required as the stage management, costume and technical crew work together with the cast to bring the production to the stage and keep everything running smoothly.
Soundtrack - Il turco in Italia Overture Garsington Opera Orchestra Conductor - David Parry
The lecherous Falstaff, with his infamous roving eye, has finally met his match. His underhand plans to solve money troubles have the three merry wives of Windsor conspiring to teach him a lesson. They are not the only ones with a grudge to bear and he is soon tormented at every turn until he admits defeat and concludes that all the world is a joke.
The Skating Rink is a gripping new opera, written by leading British composer David Sawer with award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey, and based on the novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The world premiere will take place at Garsington Opera in July 2018.
Nuria, a beautiful young skating champion, has a powerful admirer, Enric, whose obsession drives him to pilfer funds to build her an ice rink in a deserted Spanish mansion. Discovered by an unlikely group of characters, a murder on the ice becomes the centre of this thrilling tale of jealousy, political corruption and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.
Garry Walker (The Cunning Little Vixen, 2014) returns to conduct with director and designer Stewart Laing making his Garsington debut. The wonderful ensemble cast includes Sam Furness (Baron Lummer, Intermezzo, 2015), Neal Davies (Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte, 2015) and Susan Bickley (Geneviève, Pelléas et Mélisande, 2017).
It is the wedding day of Figaro and Susanna, but will their marriage ceremony ever take place? During the course of a crazy day a series of confusing events unfolds. Count Almaviva has lost interest in his wife and is intent on seducing Susanna. She and Figaro conspire with the Countess to outwit him and to teach him a lesson in fidelity but his young page, Cherubino, inadvertently upsets the carefully laid plans, and relationships are severely tested.
All of this is brought to life by Mozart’s music of consummate grace, wit and joyous invention, with Da Ponte’s sparklingly adroit libretto.
Recorded June 2017 - Garsington Opera
Figaro - Joshua Bloom Susanna - Jennifer France Doctor Bartolo - Stephen Richardson Marcellina - Janis Kelly Cherubino - Marta Fontanals-Simmons Don Basilio - Timothy Robinson Count Almaviva - Duncan Rock Countess Almaviva - Kirsten MacKinnon Antonio - Andrew Tipple Don Curzio - Alun Rhys-Jenkins Barbarina - Alison Rose Bridesmaids - Hollie-Anne Bangham, Hazel McBain
Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor - Douglas Boyd Director - John Cox Designer - Robert Perdziola Lighting designer - Mark Jonathan Associate director - Bruno Ravella Choreographer - Kate Flatt