The Garsington Opera announces its second season

For the second year running, Garsington Opera, in its fabulous new setting at the Wormsley Estate, will be backed by Jefferies, the banking firm that specialises in global investments.

This season runs from 2nd June-3rd July and will be featuring the rarely performed Vivaldi piece L’Olimpiade. Others to look forward to are the charming operetta from Offenbach; La Périchole and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This season, established directors and conductors will be working alongside both rising stars in the world of opera and seasoned professionals, of which several are making their debut in the UK.

General Director Anthony Whitworth-Jones said: “We are very pleased to have Jefferies on board for the second year running and this has given us enormous confidence in planning our season.  It is a brilliant fit and has all the makings of a great long term partnership.  We look forward to seeing them at Wormsley.”

David Weaver, President of Jefferies International said: “We are again delighted to announce our support for Garsington Opera which has developed an enviable reputation as a company that presents rarely performed masterpieces with flair and imagination, featuring this season’s world renowned stars as well as showcasing the next generation of great performers.”

Jefferies is well-established in the US and has emerged from the last few years even stronger, building successfully in Europe, recently incorporating Hoare Govett, and nearly doubling in size to over 900 people in London alone.

The operas are performed in the stunning new Opera Pavilion that complements and gives spectacular views out into the outstandingly beautiful surrounding landscape, offers superb acoustics and is an idyllic setting in which to experience opera performances of the highest quality.

The Operas

In Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade, rivals on the Olympic race track are also rivals in love.  Fierce competition, both athletic and amorous, mistaken identities, a failed suicide attempt and a foiled murder plot are a heady and intoxicating mix, with glitteringly bravura music.

Offenbach’s  La Périchole , diverts, intoxicates and seduces.  An impoverished Peruvian street singer, La Périchole is wickedly flirtatious, charmingly pragmatic and runs rings around every man she comes across while remaining entirely faithful to her one true love.

Don Giovanni needs women as other men need food and drink.  His nostrils twitch at the faintest whispered scent of a passing female; he is consumed by his own driving desire for possession.  As Mozart’s gloriously powerful music builds to a climax, Don Giovanni’s earthly victims catch up with him and forces from beyond the grave bring ultimate retribution.

BOX OFFICE:  General public booking opens 16 April 2012.  Telephone 01865 361636

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