Longborough Festival Opera has revealed the programme for its 2020 season, which includes the next instalment in its new Ring cycle, Wagner’s Die Walküre. Also on the programme is Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses and Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Wagner Die Walküre

Longborough’s esteemed Wagnerian and Music Director Anthony Negus will conduct Die Walküre, joining forces once again with director Amy Lane (Royal Opera House). The cast includes Mark Le Brocq as Siegmund, Sarah Marie Kramer as Sieglinde, Paul Carey Jones as Wotan and Lee Bisset in her role debut as Brünnhilde, following an acclaimed performance as Isolde at Longborough in 2017.

Lee Bisset comments: “I am thrilled to sing my first Ring Cycle as Brunnhilde, the pinnacle of Wagner heroines, for the company in which I sang my first Wagner role. The 2013 Ring Cycle at Longborough was very special, but as Longborough seems to go from strength to strength, knowing the team involved, and seeing what is slowly unfolding, I hope that this new Cycle will be something extraordinary.”

Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses

The next season also sees Longborough’s Artistic Director Polly Graham make her directing debut at the festival.

Polly Graham comments: “Alongside the momentous second instalment of our Ring cycle, we share three other major works - all different in style. I’m delighted to be collaborating with conductor Robert Howarth on The Return of Ulysses - Monteverdi’s beautiful, compassionate drama of homecoming. This will be performed on period instruments, with Tom Randle in the title role.”

Donizetti The Elixir of Love

Also on the 2020 programme is Donizetti’s romantic comic masterpiece, The Elixir of Love. Under the baton of Alice Farnham, this will be an exuberant comic show for all the family.

Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen

Finally, the season ends with a performance of Janáček’s beautiful take on the cycle of life, The Cunning Little Vixen. This will be performed by talented artists at the start of their careers, as part of Longborough’s annual Emerging Artist programme.

Polly Graham comments: “This is one of the greatest operas ever written, Wagnerian in its scope. It shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of the natural world - perfect for Longborough. Our production comes complete with a Youth Chorus of local children, conducted by Justin Brown. We hope to see you there.”


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