The 2023 season

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The 2023 festival runs from 29 May to 3 August, and includes Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Purcell's The Fairy Queen.

Cast and creative teams will be announced in the coming months. Public booking opens in early 2023.



(Twilight of the Gods)

29, 31 May, 2, 4, 6 June

Götterdämmerung marks the epic conclusion to our new Ring cycle, following acclaimed productions of Das Rheingold in 2019 (“both epic and intimate” – Opera magazine), a concert staging of Die Walküre in 2021 (“as fine Wagner as could be wished” – ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian) and Siegfried in 2022 ("the Bayreuth of the Cotswolds" – ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times). 

Our 2022 Siegfried is available to stream on OperaVision from 19 August >

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. The full cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen will be seen in 2024.


L'elisir d'amore

(The Elixir of Love)

20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 June, 1 July

A travelling quack doctor offers a lovesick young man a cure for all his problems: the elixir of love. A wine-soaked comic masterpiece - one of Donizetti's most-loved works, and one of the most popular operas of all time.



11, 13, 15, 16, 18 July

Monteverdi's poignant and revolutionary take on the Orpheus legend, often considered the first great operatic masterpiece. Performed on period instruments.


The Fairy Queen

29, 30 July, 1, 3 August

A new folk-inflected version of Purcell's interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by Longborough's Emerging Artists and Youth Chorus, and directed by Polly Graham, Longborough Festival Opera's Artistic Director. Sure to be a joyful show for all the family.

In schools:

Playground Opera: The Downfall of Don José

Following a successful 2022 tour, the return of a specially adapted performance of Bizet’s Carmen, for performances in local schools during the summer term.

Find out more about Playground Opera >

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2023 Booking dates

5 December 2022 Production Circle & Future Fund
16 January 2023 Benefactors
30 January 2023 Patrons
13 February 2023 Friends
20 February 2023 18-35 Members
27 February 2023 Public booking