We're already excited about next year, and we hope you will be too: we can now reveal our full programme for 2018, including four new productions to inspire you.
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Anthony Negus / Thomas Guthrie
Thomas Blunt / Daisy Evans
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Anthony Negus / Alan Privett
L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
Jeremy Silver / Jenny Miller
Performance dates will be announced later this year.
The 2018 Festival opens with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, performed for the first time at Longborough. Our Music Director Anthony Negus said: “After Tannhäuser, Der fliegende Holländer is a natural choice in our exploration of Wagner's earlier works. It has a profound resonance, and is particularly important for developing the chorus at Longborough”.
Following two Mozart productions at Longborough, Thomas Guthrie returns to direct: “It's wonderful to have this journey from Mozart to Wagner, and to do it all at Longborough”.
Having loved it since I was 16, I relish the opportunity to conduct itAnthony Negus on Ariadne auf Naxos
Also to be performed for the first time at Longborough is Richard Strauss’s innovative Ariadne auf Naxos. For conductor Anthony Negus this marks his first Strauss at Longborough: “Ariadne, the gem of the Strauss/Hofmannsthal collaboration, with its scintillating chamber orchestra is ideally suited to the intimacy of Longborough. Having loved it since I was 16, I relish the opportunity to conduct it”. It is directed by Alan Privett (director of Tannhäuser in 2016 and our acclaimed 2013 Ring cycle).
The Young Artist programme is a key part of our aim to help emerging singers and players in developing their careers. Our new production for 2018 is Monteverdi’s remarkable L'incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Jeremy Silver and directed by Jenny Miller.
Verdi’s much-loved La traviata completes the eagerly anticipated 2018 season, with a new production of this moving tale of society and morality from conductor Thomas Blunt, and director Daisy Evans in her Longborough debut.