Sing when you’re win­ning

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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.gars­ington­ or tele­phone 01865 361636 to book tick­ets.

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