Sing when you’re winning
GARSINGTON OPERA—THE annual open-air festival held at Wormsley Park in Buckinghamshire with an award-winning Japanese-style opera pavilion (above) overlooking a lake, deer park and woodland—has announced the expansion of its summer season to four productions and a new five-year partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra. This year’s season will open on June 1 with Handel’s seductive masterpiece Semele; followed by Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy’s only opera and ‘one of the most original in the history of music’, with the Philharmonia; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; and a revival of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Also new this year is a large-scale community opera, Silver Birch, a love story using Siegfried Sassoon’s First World War poetry, some of which was written at Garsington Manor (where the festival began). The season runs from June 1 to July 30 and public booking opens on March 28. Visit www.garsingtonopera.org or telephone 01865 361636 to book tickets.