Tenor Toby Spence makes his Garsington Opera debut and role debut in Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ this weekend. Performing the title role for the first time, Toby said of the opera:
“The opera brings themes of fate, destiny, fatherhood and leadership into sharp focus. Mozart’s score swings from the majesty and pomp of monarchy to the tender intimacy of young love. Elements of the composer’s difficult relationship with his own father are reflected in the magical quartet of the second act where Idomeneo banishes his son, Idamante.
I am very excited to be working with director Tim Albery again and greatly look forward to exploring the drama within the music alongside conductor Tobias Ringborg. Garsington has assembled a strong cast which is set to bring this extraordinary opera to life on one of the most beautiful stages in the world.”
Also making her company and role debuts is Opera Now magazine Artist of the Month Louise Alder as Ilia, the love interest of Idomeneo’s son Idamante. Watch Louise sing an aria from ‘Idomeneo’ in this video from Classic FM.
Toby and Louise are joined by Timothy Robinson, who makes a welcomed return to Garsington as Arbace, and Robert Murray, who is thrilled to be back at the Festival again as the High Priest.
‘Idomeneo’ opens on 19 June and runs until 13 July. Find out more on the Garsington Opera website.
Other productions at Garsington this year include ‘Eugene Onegin’ starring Brindley Sherratt as Prince Gremin, and an exciting collaboration with Rambert Dance for Haydn’s ‘The Creation’, featuring Neal Davies. Find out more here.