World-acclaimed opera star Lesley Garrett takes the role of the scheming maid Despina; Andrea Soare and Kathryn Rudge are the two sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella whose fidelity is tested by their conspiring fiancee, Ferrando (Robin Tritschler) and Guglielmo (Ashley Riches in a bet by their friend Don Alfonso (neal Davies).
Read our magazine interview with Lesley Garrett – coming soon in the July edition of our magazine.
Garsington Opera’s 2015 production of Così fan tutte will have free screenings in three coastal communities Louth (5 July), Grimsby (29 Sept) and Ramsgate (Oct), as well as in Oxford (2 July) and Waddesdon (3 September). Their 2014 production of Offenbach’s Vert-Vert will also be screened at Marlow Festival (14 June).
These free public screenings, together with extensive education projects, are part of the Garsington Opera for All programme, set up by Magna Vitae and the Coastal Communities Alliance after a successful bid made in the autumn to Arts Council England.
Garsington Opera for All will work with secondary and primary schools for a week in each area where the film will be screened. Each project will see the young people developing their own short opera based on the themes of Così fan tutte, devising and composing their own production and their residency will end in a performance to the school. All the participants will come to the screening of the Opera. On the day of the opera screening Garsington Opera will work with up to 40 adults from the community to learn and explore themes on Così fan tutte, to produce a 5-10 minute promenade performance.
Garsington Opera’s production of Così fan tutte features celebrity Lesley Garrett in the role of Despina, Romanian soprano Andreea Soare (making her UK debut)and Kathryn Rudge in the roles of Fiordiligi and Dorabella. The award-winning Irish tenor Robin Tritschler (Ferrando) and Ashley Riches (Guglielmo), a former Jette Parker Young Artist, allow themselves to be drawn into the intrigues of their cynical friend Don Alfonso, sung by Welsh bass-baritone Neal Davies, who persuades them to put the love of their fiancées to the test. Garsington Opera Artistic Director Douglas Boyd conducts, John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House directs and Dick Bird designs.
MARLOW Sunday 14 June 7.30pm Marlow Festival Enclosure
OXFORD Thursday 2 July 6pm Magdalen College Fields
LOUTH Sunday 5 July 1.30pm SO Festival, Westgate Fields
GRIMSBY Tuesday 29 Sept 12noon Grimsby Auditorium
WADDESDON Thursday 3 September Waddesdon Manor
RAMSGATE 10 – 15 October tbc Ramsgate Arts
GARSINGTON OPERA 2015 SEASON
Garsington Opera’s season opens on 5 June with three new productions – Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo, Britten’s Death in Venice with Steuart Bedford who conducted the 1973 world premiere, Mozart’s Così fan tutte with star Lesley Garrett in the role of Despina and an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mendelssohn’s incidental music, presented in partnership with the RSC.