Garsington Opera’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff (1893) has been nominated for a coveted Sky Arts Award in the Opera division. This new production of the Italian composer’s comic opera was premiered at the 2018 festival; it was directed by Bruno Ravella and conducted by Richard Farnes, RPS Conductor of the Year 2017, making his Garsington debut.
As well as featuring in the festival, the production was streamed to 9,000 people in more than 20 countries via the digital platform OperaVision. It is up against the Welsh National Opera’s Rhondda Rips It Up! (Elana Langer, 2018) and English National Opera’s Porgy and Bess (Gershwin, 1935).
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards is now in its 23rd year. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 7 July at the Savoy Hotel and is hosted by Melvyn Bragg. It is to be aired on Wednesday 10 July at 20.00 on Sky Arts.
Garsington Opera is a music festival taking place every summer at the Wormsley Estate, a stately home in Buckinghamshire. The 30th anniversary season is now well underway with four new productions: Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (1866), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1787), the first UK stage performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio (1872) and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (1954). The season culminates with three concert performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
Garsington Opera’s version of Falstaff is up for a prestigious Sky Arts opera award.