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Rambert to work with Garsington Opera

Posted on May 27, 2015

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garsington-opera-at-wormsley-mike-hobanRambert has announced plans to work with Garsington Opera, in a staged production of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation in 2016.

Rambert will be the first dance company to appear on stage at Garsington Opera, which is based at the Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills. Performances take place in a specially-built Opera Pavilion, with views over the lake, deer park and woods of the estate.

The Creation will be choreographed by Rambert’s director Mark Baldwin and conducted by Douglas Boyd. It will feature designs by artist Pablo Bronstein. The 2016 Garsington season will also include a new production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri directed by choreographer William Tuckett, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Baldwin said: “Music and cross art-form collaborations have always been an integral part of Rambert’s work and a particular passion of mine. I am hugely excited to be collaborating with Garsington Opera and Pablo Bronstein on this very special project which will see Rambert’s world-class dancers join the incredible Garsington soloists, orchestra and chorus. I believe this will maximise the creativeness and beauty of Haydn’s masterpiece and prove to be a glorious and uplifting experience.”

Boyd said: “I am delighted to be collaborating with Rambert. Bringing together different art forms is something that I believe enhances and complements our opera festival as we continue to explore partnerships with some of the most vibrant arts organisations of our time.”

Dates for The Creation are still to be announced. Garsington Opera’s current season opens on June 5, with productions of Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo, Britten’s Death in Venice, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mendelssohn’s incidental music, presented in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Visit for details.


Picture: the Opera Pavilion at Wormsley Estate. Photograph: Mike Hoban



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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