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.
4, 6, 9, 11, 13 June
Director Amy Lane (ROH) and Longborough's Music Director Anthony Negus continue Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wagner's epic tale of gods, giants, and heroes and their struggles for power.
The momentous second instalment of our Ring cycle features Mark Le Brocq as Siegmund, Sarah Marie Kramer as Sieglinde, and Paul Carey Jones as Wotan.
Lee Bisset makes her role debut as the great Wagnerian heroine Brünnhilde, following an acclaimed performance as Isolde at Longborough 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.”
Our Ring will culminate in the full cycle in 2023.
The Elixir of Love
25, 27, 28, 30 June, 2, 4 July
This wine-soaked comic masterpiece is one of Donizetti's most-loved works,and includes some of the greatest music in all of opera.
Under the baton of Alice Farnham, and directed by Giffords Circus's Cal McCrystal, this will be an exuberant, joyful show for all the family.
The Return of Ulysses
with the Academy of Ancient Music
14, 16, 18, 19, 21 July
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is Monteverdi's beautiful, compassionate drama of homecoming. This production marks Longborough Artistic Director Polly Graham's directorial debut at Longborough, and features Tom Randle in the title role.
Performed on period instruments, The Return of Ulysses will be a collaboration with specialist orchestra the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Robert Howarth.
The Cunning Little Vixen
Emerging Artist Production
30 July, 1, 3, 4 August
With its juxtaposition of humans and animals, The Cunning Little Vixen shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of nature.
Conducted by Justin Brown, the current Music Director of Karlsruhe State Theatre, and directed by Olivia Fuchs, this new production will showcase Longborough's vibrant Emerging Artists and Youth Chorus.