Between the Ring

Lfo23 Fairy Queen Event London Nov 22 Cr Matthew Williams Ellis 25

Between the Ring is an exciting series of events that will run alongside our performance's of Wagner's epic Ring, fitting between the productions of each cycle and including talks, concerts and masterclasses.

You don’t need a ticket to the Ring to book for these events. Booking opens in early 2024 - see booking dates.


cycle I (16-22 june 2024)

Monday 17 June 

Cidermill Theatre, Chipping Campden, 7.30pm-9.00pm

John Deathridge: How to get into the Ring, and how to get out again!

Musicologist, translator and lecturer John Deathridge discusses musical threads in the Ring cycle, and offers advice on how to navigate the story. With musical extracts featuring Longborough's Alberich, the internationally celebrated baritone Mark Stone.

Tickets £30

Golden Ticket Event

17 June: John Deathridge

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Wednesday 19 June

Cidermill Theatre,  Chipping Campden, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Beyond the Ring at Longborough: A sneak peek into the future

Insights and musical extracts of future seasons at Longborough - with Justin Brown, Rachel Nicholls, Polly Graham and Harry Sever.

Tickets £30

Justin Brown 2400X900

19 June: Beyond the ring

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Friday 21 June

St George's Hall, Blockley, 3.00pm-5.30pm

Rachel Nicholls masterclass

A masterclass with dramatic soprano Rachel Nicholls and budding Wagnerians from Longborough's 2024 company, accompanied by Harry Sever.

Tickets £30

Rachel Nicholls Dts 2400X900

21 June: Rachel Nicholls masterclass

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Friday 21 June

St George's Hall, Blockley, 7.00pm-9.10pm

The Challenges of the Ring: A Director’s view

How do you descend into Nibelheim and soar to Valhalla in a theatre with no fly tower and limited wing space? How do you manage the tonal shifts of the Ring within a single set design? How do you decide when to use staging to present another layer of storytelling on top of what the music offers?

These are all questions a director of the Ring faces. Amy Lane, Artistic Director of the Copenhagen Opera Festival and the director of Longborough's current cycle, leads an informal session with Longborough's Ring Conducting Fellow Harry Sever, where she unfolds her process, and her notebooks, offering the audience opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

Tickets £30

Ring Direction 2400X900

21 June: The Challenges of the ring

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cycle II (25-30 june 2024)

Thursday 27 June

St George's Hall, Blockley

3.00pm-4.30pm and 7.00-8.30pm

Simon Callow: "Inside Wagner's Head"

Simon Callow performs his acclaimed one man play Inside Wagner's Head, originally written to celebrate the bicentenary of the composer's birth. Discover the astonishing story of Wagner's life and artistic process, delivered by one of the nation's most powerful storytellers.

Tickets £40

Simon Callow 2400X900

27 June: Simon Callow

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Saturday 29 June 

St George's Hall, Blockley, 3.00pm-5.30pm 

Sir John Tomlinson masterclass

A masterclass with Sir John Tomlinson and budding Wagnerians from Longborough's 2024 company, accompanied by Harry Sever.

Tickets £30

John Harry 2400X900

29 June: Sir John Tomlinson masterclass

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cycle III (4-9 July 2024)

Saturday 6 July 

St George's Hall, Blockley, 3.00pm-4.00pm 

What Wagner Stole - with Dr Genevieve Robyn Arkle & Sir David Pountney

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." Theft is a major theme of the Ring. When Wotan hears of the Rhinegold, Loge advises him to take it by theft: "Durch Raub". This advice has repercussions across the action of the whole tetralogy.

Dr Genevieve Robyn Arkle (Lecturer and Researcher, University of Bristol) joins director Sir David Pountney to discuss the theme of theft in the operas, and what Wagner stole from other artists.

Tickets £30

Genevieve David 2400X900

6 July: Dr Genevieve Robyn Arkle & Sir David Pountney

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Monday 8 July 

St George's Hall, Blockley, 3.00pm-5.30pm

Susan Bullock CBE masterclass

Budding Longborough Wagnerians in a masterclass with acclaimed soprano Susan Bullock CBE.

Tickets £30

Susan Bullock 2400X900

8 July: Susan Bullock masterclass

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