The fat lady sings…
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At Muddy Stilettos we love eating (a little too much perhaps?!), and if we can combine it with a bit of culture, all the better.
So it’s double fun next month as Garsington Opera moves to its new home in Wormsley – very conveniently placed for Muddy Towers on the Bucks/Oxon border – complete with a brand new opera pavilion and 2,500 acre grounds to scamper around.
The venue is Mark Getty’s private estate (below), bang in the Chilterns, so as you’d expect it’s stonkingly beautiful, and the opera schedule ranges from crowd pleaser’s like Mozart’s The Magic Flute to Rossini’s comedic Il Turko In Italia and the British premiere of Vivaldi’s La Verita il Cemento (one for the purists I’m guessing).
If you’re an opera fan, you probably won’t need any encouragement to go. But if you’re ambivalent – maybe you like the occasional aria but you’re worried you’ll be letting yourself in for two hours of ‘Go Compare’-style moustache twizzling – here are seven reasons to change your mind…
- There’s a long intermission for dinner.
- Tickets start at £30, if you ignore the £60 suggested donation (I know!). In opera terms, that’s practically charity.
- Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts catering company is in charge of private dining – basically tables of 10 in posh tents – and picnic hampers.
- There are loads of picnic tables available in open sided marquees, some pre-bookable.
- Porters are on hand to carry your picnic down to the lake or a spot of your choosing if you prefer.
- You can wander around the grounds for two hours before the opera starts at 6.10pm.
- You can always fall asleep in your private box if it all becomes too much.
Come on, life doesn’t get more civilised than that!
The season starts on June 2nd runs through to early July so if you decide to go, please let us know what you thought of it. S and I are planning to see The Magic Flute (opera-lite, you can’t fault it) so I’ll report back too. A tenner says she doesn’t hit the high C!