Having just won the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, rising soprano Kirsten MacKinnon will make her Garsington Opera debut in Le nozze di Figaro as the Countess. This will also see the revival of John Cox‘s critically acclaimed 2005 Garsington production. Hailed by Opera UK as a “heroine whose poise, expressive singing, excellent vocalism, and dark and full tone auger well for a healthy career ahead”, the Canadian soprano is captivating audiences across North America and Europe. Previous roles this season include Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Canadian Opera and Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Aix-en-Provence on tour in Beijing. Further ahead in the 17/18 season, Kirsten will make her Glyndebourne debut in the autumn as Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte and will sing both Micaëla Carmen for Opera Philadelphia and Ines L’Africaine for Frankfurt Opera. She will return to Frankfurt for the 18/19 season as a member of the ensemble.
Playing opposite Kirsten in the role of the Count is Duncan Rock, also making his Garsington debut. A familiar face from his many appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival, Covent Garden, Opera North, ENO and WNO, Duncan sings the role of the Count for the first time. Next up for Duncan is his debut at the Metropolitan Opera where he sings Schaunard La bohème. His 2017/18 season also includes a return to the Teatro Real in Madrid where he sings Mountjoy in a new production of Gloriana, followed by a return to Covent Garden, also for Schaunard.
The production also boasts the luxury casting of Timothy Robinson as Don Basilio, a role he has performed at English and Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. This season has seen him create to role of Camillio in the world premiere of Ryan Wiggleworth’s A Winter’s Tale for ENO. Future engagements include a return to ENO for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Le nozze di Figaro runs from 2 June to 16 July 2017. See the Garsington Opera website for more information.