Garsington Opera to move home in 2011

Garsington Opera will move to Wormsley Estate, home of the Getty family, from the 2011 season.

Only 15 miles from its current home Garsington Manor, and with beautiful gardens and a deer park, Wormsley Estate will provide an ideal new venue. An elegant pavilion auditorium will be assembled annually, close to flinted buildings and not far from Wormsley House.

Garsington Opera was founded by the late Leonard Ingrams and his wife Rosalind in 1989. Their home Garsington Manor has hosted opera of the highest quality every year over a short summer season. Now in its 21st year, the festival has been seeking a new location for the last couple of years.

Rosalind Ingrams, President of Garsington Opera said: “Garsington Opera was an all absorbing passion for my husband, and we both derived a huge amount of pleasure from staging it. My family and I are delighted that an appropriate new home has now been found where the Opera can continue and grow.”

Iain Mackinnon, Chairman of the Board of Garsington Opera confirmed that Garsington Opera will remain independent and autonomous within the context of activities at Wormsley.

Mark Getty, owner of Wormsley, looks forward to Garsington Opera bringing "its terrific outreach activities to benefit schools and others in the local area with an interest in the performing arts".