Garsington Opera nominated for International Opera Award

Garsington Opera has been nominated in the highly coveted Festival category in the forthcoming International Opera Awards. This is the second time Garsington Opera has been nominated in this category since the awards were established in 2012. Garsington stands beside prestigious international festivals such as Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Festival Verdi (Parma), Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland), Lyon Festival (France) and Spoleto Festival (USA). 

Also, Louise Alder who performed in the highly acclaimed 2016 production of Idomeneo has been nominated in the Young Singer category, as have Jennifer France and Sam Furness, both of whom are performing in the 2017 season. Jennifer makes her role debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Sam Furness returns to Garsington for the lead role in new commission Silver Birch

The International Opera Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world and attracts leading opera professionals from around the globe. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London's Coliseum on Sunday 7 May. 

Preparations are well under way for Garsington Opera's 2017 season, which includes four productions for the first time. 2017 also sees the arrival of the Philharmonia Orchestra for one opera production each season for the next five years. This year the festival offers Handel's seductive masterpiece Semele, Debussy's enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini's Il turco in Italia and concludes with Silver Birch, a large-scale work for a professional cast with local community participants of all ages, commissioned by Garsington Opera, from leading British composer Roxanna Panufnik and librettist Jessica Duchen. As part of the Garsington Opera for All programme, funded by Arts Council England and run in partnership with Magna Vitae, Semele will also be screened free of charge in Skegness, Ramsgate, Burnham-on-Sea and Grimsby. 

There is still time to sign up as an Affiliate Member and secure tickets before public booking opens on Tuesday 28 March