Our 2022 Season

2022 Festival News

News of our 2022 productions will be listed here, with cast information to be announced in the coming months.



30 May, 1, 3*, 5, 7 June

Our ambitious new Ring cycle began with critically acclaimed performances of Das Rheingold in 2019 (“both epic and intimate” – Opera magazine) and a concert staging of Die Walküre in 2021 (“as fine Wagner as could be wished” – ★★★★ The Guardian). Die Walküre is available to stream for free >

Fully staged performances return for Siegfried in 2022. The cycle continues with Götterdämmerung in 2023, building to the full cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2024.

All productions in the cycle are created especially for Longborough by Amy Lane, Artistic Director of Copenhagen Opera Festival, and Longborough Music Director and eminent Wagnerian Anthony Negus.

“With Siegfried we return to fully-staged Wagner and take another step on our journey towards the Ring cycle with this remarkably funny and exuberant third instalment of Wagner’s cycle” – Polly Graham, Artistic Director

*3 June conducted by Harry Sever. All other Siegfried performances conducted by Anthony Negus.


Die tote Stadt

(The Dead City)

21, 23, 25, 27 June

The 2022 season continues with a dramatised concert production of Korngold’s youthful drama of desire, Die tote Stadt, in what will be the composer’s 125th anniversary year. Director Carmen Jakobi and acclaimed conductor Justin Brown offer a new take on this rarely performed work. Die tote Stadt will feature the Longborough Youth Chorus, following their successful debut in The Cunning Little Vixen during the 2021 season.

“It’s incredible how the 23-yr-old Korngold was able to assimilate the latest trends, particularly Puccini and Strauss, almost outdoing them with his sense of colour and gift for beautiful melody, while already demonstrating an unmistakeable personal voice and idiom. The music is at once seductive, charming and subtly complex, providing exciting challenges for orchestra and singers alike. The only challenge for the audience is to resist falling under its spell!” – Justin Brown, Conductor



9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19 July

Director Mathilde Lopez returns to Longborough following her production of Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2019 (“a punky take on a Baroque masterpiece” – ★★★★ The Times).

Mathilde directs what promises to be a radical take on Bizet’s tale of freedom, passion and high drama, with the Longborough Festival Orchestra under the baton of Jeremy Silver. Margaret Plummer makes her Longborough debut in the title role, with Peter Gijsbertsen (La traviata 2018) as Don José, and also featuring the Longborough Youth Chorus.

The children are superb; but they would be, wouldn’t they?

★★★★ The Arts Desk, review of the Longborough Youth Chorus in The Cunning Little Vixen, 2021

Emerging Artist double bill:


Spell Book


La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina

(The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina)

28, 30, 31 July, 2 August

Longborough’s Emerging Artist programme gives a vital opportunity to singers at the beginning of their careers. In 2022 you will be treated to a double bill of love, freedom and magic.

Members of the Emerging Artists ensemble offer the first complete staging of Freya Waley-Cohen’s Spell Book, a dramatic song cycle inspired by the composer’s encounter with Rebecca Tamás’ collection of poems, WITCH.

“The women of Freya’s songs create spells that celebrate hard won freedoms, as well as spells that lay out the divisions and injustices yet to be overcome. A perfect project for a new generation of performers.” – Polly Graham, Artistic Director

Following this will be a performance of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina, the earliest surviving opera written by a female composer. With a story from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, La liberazione di Ruggiero will be performed in a new arrangement by conductor Yshani Perinpanayagam, featuring CHROMA Ensemble and directed by Jenny Ogilvie.


The Times


17 January 2022 Production Circle & Future Fund
31 January 2022 Benefactors
14 February 2022 Patrons
28 February 2022 Friends
7 March 2022 18-35 Members
14 March 2022 Public booking

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