Mozart: ‘The Garden of Disguises’
(La Finta Giardiniera, translated into English by John Warrack)
Ryedale Festival Opera
Director – Nina Brazier
Conductor – Eamonn Dougan
Sandrina – Alice Privett
Podestà – Robin Horgan
Arminda – Clare Tunney
Serpetta – Jessica Cale
Nardo – Harry Thatcher
Belfiore – Kieran Carrel
Ramiro – Anna Harvey
Seven characters with complicated love lives meet an eighteen-year-old composer full of imagination and musical genius. Here, the combination of Nina Brazier’s skilful direction, Laura Stanfield‘s highly-praised design and Eamonn Dougan’s expert conducting make for a truly stunning evening.
The Garden of Disguises, in its ‘new, witty translation’ (Opera Now) is full of lyrical beauty, human foibles and dramatic intrigue. With two characters in thinly-veiled disguises, and lovers and ex-lovers crossing paths at every turn, this is an opera of secrets and lies, but also of forgiveness and reconciliation – and these are qualities that Mozart can express in music like none other.
‘Ryedale Festival each year offers an operatic production of the highest quality’ – YORKSHIRE POST
About the Artists
Ryedale Festival Opera is an outstanding young opera company made up of singers and instrumentalists at the beginning of their careers as professional musicians.
Director Nina Brazier has a degree in Drama from Exeter, an MA in Text and Performance from RADA, and has participated in the Operating Table Directors’ Course at the Royal Opera House. With over 10 years’ directing experience (including five with the Ryedale Festival), Nina has worked with organisations such as Tête à Tête, Lviv Opera House and the Berlin Konzerthaus.