Longborough Festival Opera
Longbourough Festival Opera is one of the UK’s finest country opera houses: an intamate 500-seat theatre set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds.
Each performance at Longborough is a production created especially for the festival, with talented designers, directors, conductors and the best up-and-coming artists uniting to bring you something you won’t have seen anywhere else. Overlooking the spectacular views of the Evenlode valley, every performance includes a 90-minute dining interval – with plenty of time to take in the scenery, enjoy a picnic, or book a space in the exclusive on-site restaurant.
Founded by Martin and Lizzie Graham and located in the grounds of their home, a visit to Longborough ensures an intimate and unique experience which truly captures the drama and emotion happening on stage. Longborough Festival Opera is a privately funded charity: with no public subsidy, the organisation relies on ticket sales and the generosity of its supporters.
The 2019 Programme
The exciting 2019 programme includes four new productions: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Cavalli’s rarely-performed La Calisto, along with Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Longborough’s first step to a new Ring cycle.
Longborough’s Music Director and “Wagnerian supremo” (Observer) Anthony Negus joins director Amy Lane to commence Wagner’s epic tale of gods, giants and heroes with Das Rheingold. Donizetti’s Anna Bolena comes to Longborough for the first time, with conductor Jeremy Silver and director Jenny Miller returning following their 2018 L’incoronazione di Poppea. Mozart’s ever-popular Don Giovanni comes from director Martin Constantine, conducted by Thomas Blunt (La traviata, 2018). Don Giovanni will be performed in English in a “first-rate, cleverly rhymed” (Sunday Times) translation by the Olivier Award-winning librettist Amanda Holden.
After Monteverdi, Cavalli was Venice’s leading composer. To close the Festival, Longborough’s Young Artists perform his brilliant La Calisto – with a new orchestration by conductor Lesley Anne Sammons. This production is a great opportunity to see emerging singers on their steps to stardom.
General booking opens on Monday 4 March 2019. Members book first – join today from £60.
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