Garsington Opera has announced first-time partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Philharmonia Orchestra as it begins its 25th anniversay season.
The Buckinghamsire-based summer opera festival is to collaborate with the RSC on an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream using incidental music for the play composed by Mendelssohn in its 2015 season. The staging – which will feature members of the RSC under the “creative guidance” of artistic dirctor Gregory Doran and Garsington’s own opera company and orchestra conducted by its artistic director Douglas Boyd – will be seen both at Garsington’s purpose-built Pavilion venue in Wormsley and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford.
From 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra will join Garsington to accompany one production every season, with the arrangement to last for five years initially.
The company said the partnerships were aimed at further developing Garsington’s profile as “a major summer opera festival” and to enhance its “artistic quality and reputation”.
Garsington’s 25th anniversary season opens on June 6 with the British premiere of Offenbach’s Vert-Vert and will also include productions of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and a revival of Beethoven’s Fidelio.