We're very excited to announce our 2020 programme, including the next instalment in our new Ring cycle, Wagner’s Die Walküre. Also on the programme is Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Our esteemed Wagnerian and Music Director Anthony Negus will conduct Die Walküre, joining forces once again with director Amy Lane. The cast includes Mark Le Brocq as Siegmund, Sarah Marie Kramer as Sieglinde, and Paul Carey Jones as Wotan.
Lee Bisset makes her role debut as Brünnhilde, following her acclaimed performance as Isolde here in 2017: “I am thrilled to sing my first Ring cycle as Brünnhilde, the pinnacle of Wagner heroines, for the company in which I sang my first Wagner role. The 2013 Ring cycle at Longborough was very special, but as Longborough seems to go from strength to strength, knowing the team involved, and seeing what is slowly unfolding, I hope that this new Cycle will be something extraordinary.”
The Return of Ulysses
The next season also sees our Artistic Director Polly Graham make her directing debut at the festival: “I’m delighted to be collaborating with conductor Robert Howarth on The Return of Ulysses - Monteverdi’s beautiful, compassionate drama of homecoming. This will be performed on period instruments, with Tom Randle in the title role.”
The Elixir of Love
Also on the 2020 programme is Donizetti’s romantic comic masterpiece, The Elixir of Love. Under the baton of Alice Farnham, this will be an exuberant comic show for all the family.
The Cunning Little Vixen
The season ends with a performance of Janáček’s beautiful take on the cycle of life, The Cunning Little Vixen. This will be performed by talented artists at the start of their careers, as part of our Emerging Artist programme.
Polly Graham comments: “This is one of the greatest operas ever written, Wagnerian in its scope. It shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of the natural world - perfect for Longborough. Conducted by Justin Brown, our production comes complete with a Youth Chorus of local children. We hope to see you there.”