Eugene Onegin - Reviews From Garsington Opera 2016

 
Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin

Cameo Watercolour by Victoria Rees for Garsington Stole from Eugene Onegin

 
 

★★★★★
"It rightly receives a stupendous ovation."
David MellorMail on Sunday, 12 June 2016

"...in almost 30 years of attending Garsington, I don't think I have heard a classic opera cast with such care and accomplishment...Natalya Romaniw is a Tatyana in a thousand."
Hugh CanningSunday Times, 12 June 2016

★★★★
"Natalya Romaniw is fast consolidating her reputation as one of the outstanding sopranos of her generation...Roderick Williams is the most cultivated and sophisticated of baritones. Garsington's audiences certainly get visual as well as musical bang for their buck in an altogether exhilharating performance."
Rupert ChristiansenThe Telegraph, 4 June 2016

★★★★
"This young Swansea-born soprano has a mesmerising stillness, a face full of expression and a glowing voice capable of astonishing power."
Hannah NepilFinancial Times, 8 June 2016

★★★
"Natalya Romaniw...she's the Tatyana of my dreams, with a rare combination of power, richness, and purity of tone. And Roderick Williams might have been born to play Onegin."
Michael ChurchThe Independent, 7 June 2016

★★★★
"There is plenty to enjoy. One pleasure is the Garsington Opera Orchestra...And on stage there are some impressive performances."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 6 June 2016

★★★★
"One of the most enjoyable new productions of Onegin in recent years and - in Romaniw's Tatyana especially - a performance that shall touch my heart for a long time."
Mark PullingerBachtrack, 4 June 2016

★★★★
"Every performance by the Garsington Chorus has one marvelling anew at the versatility, adaptability and just sheer excellence of this group..."
Melanie EskenaziMusic OMH, 6 June 2016

 

From Garsington Opera News 2016

 

We are delighted that this is the fourth year you can find beautiful bespoke scarves by fine artist and textile designer Victoria Rees in the Garsington Opera Shop. Visit Wormsley for a performance and you'll discover the unique designs based on the 2016 season. 

Using her opera sketch book drawings done during rehearsals and performances, Victoria works with every attention to detail to create the pieces. This year's collection has the 'Garsington' stole, one of her ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. She has created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

The collection also features the 'Singing by the light of the moon' stole, 'Duet' ribbon scarf and 'Marriage of Figaro' men's scarf in evening blue. 

Victoria says: "One of the bonuses for me as an artist working with musicans has been to find a way to bring my love of textiles into my creative process."

To see all the drawings used to create the designs visit Victoria's website:www.victoriarees.co.uk

Victoria Rees studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, before getting a bursary to the Royal Academy Schools as a postgraduate. She has exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, National Gallery and last year was part of the Ruth Borchard self-portrait collection at the Piano Nobile Gallery, London. 

 

The 2016 Garsington Opera Collection

 
'Garsington' stole has one of my ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. Then I created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

'Garsington' stole has one of my ink drawings done from an ariel view of the beautiful grounds at Wormsley as a central panel. Then I created a border using watercolour scenes of the characters and set designs from this year's three productions, playfully linked by Garsington's iconic tents with a fine hand-rolled pink edging.  

 
 
Dancing by the light of the moon, Onyx stole

Dancing by the light of the moon, Onyx stole

 
 
The Duet , ribbon scarf

The Duet , ribbon scarf

 
 
Marriage of Figaro, evening blue. Choosing tassel colours

Marriage of Figaro, evening blue. Choosing tassel colours

 

The first Boonrig exhibition in Barcelona

 
 

Artists George Lloyd-Jones and Nettle Grellier are having their first Boonrig traveling studio exhibition in Barcelona, you can see all the details of the gallery below. Painting as they have driven the boonrig down through Spain, they are now parked up somewhere in Barcelona continuing to work from the boon rig till hanging the exhibition on the 3rd ready for opening on the 4th of June. All the work by necessity is small, 2 artists in one studio but knowing both their creative energy the pieces will hold any wall space.

www.georgelloyd-jones.com/

www.nettlegrellier.com/

boonrig.weebly.com/

 

 
 

Tatler's little Black Book Party

Wonderful to see handsome Alexander Coleridge wearing one of my "Fidelio" scarves to this Tatler party.

Wonderful to see handsome Alexander Coleridge wearing one of my "Fidelio" scarves to this Tatler party.

As you can imagine I was thrilled to be shown this photo of one of my scarves being worn at the Tatler, "little black book party" but also because I believe it shows what my scarves can do ie be taken out of your pocket or bag at the end of a days work, the rich jewel colours I hope making you feel better but certainly look fantastic.

From a practical point of view we use the finest heavy silk satin and finish so they don't look crumpled after being packed. One suit or dress, 2 colour way scarves/pocket squares, stole or ribbon scarf = minimal luggage endless possibilities.

Click to view Tatler page

The 2016 International Opera Awards short list announced.

Chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera Magazine and classical music critic with the Daily Telegraph, click on the link below to see this years exciting short list. You can also follow below link to cast your vote for this years 'Opera Magazine readers award' to be announced at the Awards on May the 15th.

My IOA 2016 scarf collection designed using my Opera drawings and especially commissioned by the Awards can be seen here on my web site from April 15th. These cameo images are set drawings that form part of the design for this very special stole.

http://www.operaawards.org/vote

www.operaawards.org/  

Cameo detail of 2016 IOA textile by Victoria Rees

Cameo detail of 2016 IOA textile by Victoria Rees

Detail of 2016 IOA textile by Victoria Rees inspired by one of  Michael Yeargan's  wonderful Opera sets.

Detail of 2016 IOA textile by Victoria Rees inspired by one of  Michael Yeargan's  wonderful Opera sets.

Garsington Opera 2016 Season collection

 
Sketch for Garsington's Opera's 2016 stole collection

Sketch for Garsington's Opera's 2016 stole collection

 

This is one of my sketches for this year's 'Garsington Stole' Inspired by  Tchaikousky's 'Eugene Onegin' opera. I will post a few more sketches over the next few weeks which will give an idea of how the piece is being designed.

Garsington's 2016 production of Onegin is directed by Michael Boyd and designed by Tom piper. Roderick Williams as Eurgene Onegin and Natalya Romaniw as Tatyana. 

http://www.garsingtonopera.org

News of The Boonrig Studio

 
 

Do have a look at their blog for update on the Boonrig studio. George and Nettle have been working away and it's very nearly on the road. The solar power working well and composting Lou system installed !! 

click below 

http://boonrig.weebly.com