Summer’s over: Country house opera closes down

Summer’s over: Country house opera closes down


norman lebrecht

March 20, 2020

In the wake of Grange Park’s closure and Glyndebourne’s postponement, the third pillar of English countryhouse opera called everything off today:

Due to the unfolding impact of COVID-19, and in light of the Government’s current advice, it is with great regret we have had to take the decision not to proceed with the staging of our 2020 Season. Our primary concern remains the safety of everyone involved with our work now and later in the year – our artists, staff, audience and community, the people that make up Garsington Opera.
The months leading up to the summer season would usually be packed with rehearsals, bringing performers and orchestras together, all of which is now impossible. If circumstances change and it becomes practicable to put on any kind of performances later in the summer, we will make every effort to do this. All of us will want to embrace the inspiration and release that live music in a beautiful place can bring.This extremely difficult decision will affect us all. Garsington Opera is at its heart a family – an extraordinary combination of audience, performers and staff sharing an equal passion – and we believe fervently in the strength of those bonds to sustain all of us through this time.

We are of course hugely grateful for the charitable donations that have already been made to Garsington Opera this season, whether through membership or at the time of booking, to support our activities. We will use these to ensure that the company emerges from the current crisis with resilience and confidence for the future.

Gutted. That’s our summer gone.


  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    ==Gutted. That’s our summer gone.

    No, that will be when Wimbledon is cancelled 🙁

    • V.Lind says:

      That’s only a matter of time. Watch out for Roland Garros first.

      Golf has already lost the Masters and the PGA. The US Open and THE Open will doubtless be next. So I do not see how Wimbledon escapes.

  • Bass One says:

    The Buxton International Festival has also gone.