Longborough Festival Opera has revealed its full season for 2018, offering opera fans a chance to see four new productions in this hidden gem of the Cotswolds.

Longborough has long been celebrated for its performances of Wagner’s work. The 2018 Festival opens with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, performed for the first time at the picturesque theatre.

Longborough’s Music Director Anthony Negus said: “After Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman 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, saying: “It’s wonderful to have this journey from Mozart to Wagner, and to do it all at Longborough”.

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 the acclaimed 2013 Ring cycle).

The Young Artist programme is a key part of Longborough’s aim to help emerging singers and players in developing their careers. This year’s new production is Monteverdi’s remarkable The Coronation of Poppea, a first for Longborough Festival Opera, conducted by Jeremy Silver and directed by Jenny Miller.

Verdi’s much-loved La traviata completes the eagerly anticipated 2018 season at Longborough, with a new production of this moving tale of society and morality from conductor Thomas Blunt, and director Daisy Evans in her Longborough debut.

Performance dates will be announced later in 2017.


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