With Henrietta Bredin, Harry Sever and Lee Bisset
Arrivals from 2pm. The event will begin promptly at 2.30pm, and will be followed by afternoon tea.
Wagner's epic Ring cycle comes to a dramatic conclusion in Götterdämmerung - the twilight of the Gods.
At this in-person event, we will explore Götterdämmerung from the perspective of its heroine, Brünnhilde, with thoughts and musical excerpts from Longborough's own Brünnhilde Lee Bisset, and Longborough's Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow Harry Sever. Chaired by music journalist Henrietta Bredin.
Henrietta Bredin writes widely on opera and theatre and is deputy editor of Opera magazine. Her narrated song recitals – My Dearest Hedgehog and Gounod and Georgina – have been performed throughout the UK.
British conductor and composer Harry Sever studied at Oxford University and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Academy of Music. Recent and upcoming engagements include concerts with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Carmen (Opera North), Fantasio (Garsington), La traviata (Opera Holland Park), Cendrillon (Bampton Classical Opera), The Nutcracker (Peter Schaufuss Ballet), as well as projects with The Royal Danish Opera, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and British Youth Opera. A finalist at both the LSO's Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and Athens International Conducting Competition, he has worked on the music staff at ENO, Den Jyske Opera, and the Grange Festival, collaborating with orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symfoniorkester, and the Britten Sinfonia, and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican. From the 2022/23 season, Harry takes up the position of Music Director of the Cambridge Philharmonic. Recent composition highlights include commissions for BBC Radio 4, the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival and Sell-A-Door productions. Passionate about outreach work, he is a regular collaborator with the Royal Opera House, ENO, and Streetwise Opera, bringing music to the wider community.
Born in Scotland, which she represented at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Lee Bisset studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Northern College of Music, the National Opera Studio and privately in Italy. Recent engagements have included her debut with the Royal Opera, London, as Liza/The Queen of Spades, Isolde/Tristan und Isolde at the Konzert Theater Bern, and Sieglinde/Die Walküre with The Orchestra of the Music Makers, Singapore. Further UK engagements have included the title role in Jenufa for Scottish Opera, Mimì/La bohème for English National Opera, the title role in Tosca for Northern Ireland Opera and Gerhilde/Die Walküre at the Edinburgh International Festival; for Opera North she has sung Freia/Das Rheingold, Third Norn/Götterdämmerung, Sieglinde/Die Walküre, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Songs by Sibelius.
International engagements have included Tosca for Opera Memphis and Opera Omaha, Minnie/La fanciulla del West for Opera Omaha, Senta/Der fliegende Hollander for the Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Sieglinde/Die Walküre at the Ópera São Paulo, Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Teatro Real, Madrid, the premiere performances of Piet Swerts’ Symphony of Trees with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and concerts at the Theatro São Pedro, Brazil.
Previously for Longborough: Brünnhilde/Die Walküre (2021), Isolde/Tristan und Isolde (2017), title role/Jenůfa 2016), Isolde/Tristan und Isolde (2015), title role/Tosca (2014), Freia/Das Rheingold (2013), Sieglinde/Die Walküre (2013), Gutrune/Götterdämmerung (2012), title role/Katya Kabanová (2012), Tatyana/Eugene Onegin (2007)