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Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra has been resident at Garsington Opera since 2017. Our relationship with this world-class orchestra began with Pelléas et Mélisande under conductor Jac van Steen. This was followed by Falstaff with Richard Farnes in 2018, and The Bartered Bride, once again with Jac van Steen, in 2019.

In 2020, it was with the Philharmonia that we gave landmark performances of Fidelio in Concert – one of the first performances to a live audience in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, they joined us for Der RosenkavalierEugene Onegin, and Le Comte Ory, and join us again this season for Dvořák’s Rusalka and our revival of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. We are delighted to be making our Edinburgh International Festival debut later this year alongside the Philharmonia with Rusalka.

Led by Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Philharmonia Orchestra has a pioneering approach to the role of the symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation projects. Based at the Southbank Centre in London, with residencies in cities throughout England, a thriving international touring programme, and global digital reach, the Philharmonia engages with a worldwide audience.


The Philharmonia matches the onstage sparkle.

Evening Standard


The Philharmonia almost burst out of their confines with the exuberance of their playing. I’ve never heard Falstaff better conducted.

Mail on Sunday


The plush sounds emanating from the pit felt like a gift for being good.