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Sunday 7 July 2024

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Sunday 7 July 2024

Join us for a very special event to celebrate the opening of Garsington Studios.

This special event will not only feature a look back at some of our most memorable musical moments, but it will be an opportunity to visit our new Studios facility. Within the studios, we will not only be showcasing our 2024 cohort of Alvarez Young Artists in short recitals, but our Youth Company will be in an open rehearsal so guests will be able to see the studios in action. Whist offering all of the quintessential elements of a summer’s evening at Wormsley, we will also be inviting the whole audience to join us for a Champagne toast to the Studios prior to the performance.

The Gala Concert will feature a programme of our favourite opera arias including works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Dvořák and Verdi. Singers include Roderick Williams, Natalya Romaniw, Christine Rice and Henry Waddington. Experience all that Garsington has to offer with our usual long dinner interval for picnics or dinner in the restaurant.

We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you, and to thanking everyone who supports Garsington. Further details will follow.

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Gala Concert

Sunday 7 July 2024

Sunday 7 July 2024



Natalya Romaniw
Madison Leonard
Isabelle Peters


Mezzo Soprano

Christine Rice



Oliver Sewell



Roderick Williams
Joshua Hopkins



Henry Waddington



Douglas Boyd
Jonathon Cole-Swinard
Chloe Rooke
Tess Jackson



Hugh Bonneville


Philharmonia Orchestra
Garsington Opera Chorus
Garsington Opera Youth Company



Il barbiere di Siviglia

Gioachino Rossini

“Largo al factotum”


George Frideric Handel

“Lucky omens bless our rites”
“Hence, Iris, hence away”


Ludwig van Beethoven

“O wär ich schon mit dir vereint”
“Mir ist so wunderbar”

Die Zauberflöte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!” (Suicide Aria)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Benjamin Britten

“You spotted snakes”
“On the ground”


Antonín Dvořák

“Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém” (Song to the Moon)

La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi


La Périchole

Jacques Offenbach

“Ah, quel diner” (Tipsy Song)

The Bartered Bride

Bedřich Smetana



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Placido è il mar, andiamo”

Così fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Soave sia il vento”

Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Puskai pogibnu ya” (Letter Scene)

The Queen of Spades

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Ya vas lyublyu”

Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss

“Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren” (Presentation of the Rose)

Order of the day

Featuring an array of events to celebrate the opening of Garsington Studios, the schedule for the day can be found below.

2pm Grounds open for audience members. There will be a Getty XI cricket match in progress for you to settle and watch for as long or short a time as you wish. Teas will be available from the Boundary Room Restaurant

2pm-4.30pm Garsington Studios open for visits (no booking necessary)

Please note, If you wish to visit the Studios on the Gala day, this must be done at the start of your visit (before going down to the opera site) as we will be operating a one-way system on the drive.

Tour the building with one of our team members
Experience a GO Participate rehearsal
Attend a short Young Artist recital

2.45pm – 5.30pm Library Visits (pre-booked 30 minute slots via our Box Office, additional cost £15 per person)

2.30pm-5pm Walled Garden open with opportunity to meet the gardener, via our usual complimentary vintage shuttle bus

5.45pm Champagne Reception for all audience members on the Champagne Terrace to toast the opening of the Studios
6.30pm Gala Concert with 90 minute dinner interval (please book dining/picnics/tents if you wish, as you would for an opera performance)
9.50pm Concert finish time

Library Visits

We are delighted to be able to share the Wormsley Library with you.

The library houses one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the world. Known for its beautiful collection of bindings, the library also contains a first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and a first folio of Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”.

Timed tickets for the visit cost £15 per person and will run throughout the afternoon. The 30 minute tours must be booked in advance using the button below.

Book Library Visit

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