The very pretty Garsington garden 8:30 pm May 31 2014
I was at the almost final rehearsals of Fidelio today. They are fortunate in having an excellent Beethovenian at hand - Douglas Boyd, also their Artistic Director. Whilst it is premature to comment on a work in progress it is clear that the Garsington audience have something to look forward to.
I will take the invidious route of singling out a revelation, someone to mark down for a really fine future, the Marzelline, soprano Jennifer France, who impresses more with each additional encounter. It is a joy to see a young singer going in leaps and bounds.
And the Garsington Chorus, which has a major role to play in Fidelio, is stunning - healthy young quality voices, superbly prepared and wholly committed. As fine a sound and as disciplined an approach as you can find anywhere! And I think that you will find the same care and attention to detail in the rest of the production - by the still amazing John Cox. He worked with Günther Rennert on Glyndebourne's famous production of this piece in 1959.......
I am sorry that it was not allowed to illustrate all this. But at least you have a picture of the pretty garden above. But it hardly tells the important part of the story!
I will be back there tomorrow for Vert-Vert's "pre-dress rehearsal".