Longborough Festival Opera - Longborough
20 January 2020

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Don Giovanni

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

The singing for this production was of the highest order
20 Aug 19 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
The best singing of the evening comes from Paula Sides as Donna Anna
18 Jul 19 / Music OMH
Longborough’s female-centric Don Giovanni
15 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Characterisations are well-defined through strong, authoritative singing
13 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Longborough’s female-centric Don Giovanni
13 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
“The Predator Punish'd”: Longborough's new Don Giovanni
13 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
La Calisto

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Longborough Festival Opera’s 2019 Young Artist production is a highly dynamic telling of La Calisto
5 Aug 19 / Music OMH
The production winningly adapts much of the fun of Cavalli’s original
31 Jul 19 / Classical Source
In La Calisto, Longborough’s Young Artists Spectacularly Defy Human Frailty
31 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Anna Bolena

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

La distribution du jour fait bon effet
14 Jul 19 / Anaclase
Longborough’s Anna Bolena continues the 2019 season’s success
28 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Longborough has done it proud
27 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Masks and marriages
26 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Tudor Queens in the Cotswolds — Italian style
26 Jun 19 / The Article
A highly memorable evening
24 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Das Rheingold

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Anthony Negus conducts Das Rheingold at Longborough
14 Jun 19 / Opera Today
English Summer Opera gets underway
12 Jun 19 / The Article
With Das Rheingold Longborough sets off once again on the Ring road
11 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Mark Stone, with his powerful baritone, arguably produces the strongest singing of the evening as Alberich
9 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Longborough begins new Ring with assurance and clarity
7 Jun 19 / The Guardian
For Wagnerians, the next four years are sewn up
7 Jun 19 / Classical Source
The miracle of Longborough
Ring cycles have been known to break national opera companies. Longborough Festival Opera is about to embark upon their second. How do they do it?
L'incoronazione di Poppea

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

L’incoronazione di Poppea constitutes Longborough Festival Opera’s 2018 Young Artist production, and the cast is magnificent
4 Aug 18 / Music OMH
Young Artists show their talent in Longborough’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea
2 Aug 18 / Seen and Heard
Victims of love
31 Jul 18 / The Critics' Circle
The vitality of Monteverdi’s score remains more or less intact in Jeremy Silver’s reading
30 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Ariadne auf Naxos

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Thrilling energy & humour from Longborough Festival Opera
26 Jul 18 / The Spectator
Captivating and glorious
25 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
What really brings it all to life is the conducting by Anthony Negus
18 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A game of two halves
18 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Anthony Negus was the star of this show
17 Jul 18 / The Critics' Circle
Alan Privett’s production of Ariadne is another huge Longborough success
16 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Never less than a highly accomplished production that, in such an intimate setting, packs quite a punch
16 Jul 18 / Music OMH
Like the staging, the music jumps off the page
15 Jul 18 / Classical Source
La Traviata

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Shame, camera, action
29 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
This interpretation of La traviata is as successful as it is innovative
28 Jun 18 / Music OMH
An emotionally-charged La Traviata
26 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Der Fliegende Holländer

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Opera needs this kind of intrepid eccentricity
18 Jun 18 / The Observer
An exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds
16 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Longborough continues to be a refuge for British Wagnerians fleeing idiotic productions
14 Jun 18 / The Spectator
A welcome addition to the festival’s exploration of Wagner's earlier creations
13 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Anthony Negus’s conducting allows Longborough’s Der Fliegende Holländer to conquer high seas
11 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
Longborough’s track record with Wagner’s works is an astonishingly thrilling achievement
9 Jun 18 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Negus sets up the story’s tensions in a passionate, spacious account of the overture
8 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Beautifully played but dramatically inert
8 Jun 18 / The Stage
A production that really flies
8 Jun 18 / Telegraph
The Flying Dutchman opens this year's Longborough Festival and a star is born
8 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Orfeo ed Euridice

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

The cast reveals a wealth of talent
10 Aug 17 / Music OMH
Jagusz’s production certainly confirmed the artistic power of economy
7 Aug 17 / Opera Today
A Bollywood Orfeo ed Euridice showcases Longborough Festival Opera’s young artists
7 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Simplicity in Longborough's Orfeo ed Euridice
4 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
To hell and back
1 Aug 17 / The Critics' Circle
Music conquers all
1 Aug 17 / The Stage
The three vocal soloists emerge as musically distinctive, independent figures
31 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Die Zauberflöte

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

The audience at Longborough Festival Opera seemed to enjoy The Magic Flute far more than I did
20 Jul 17 / The Spectator
Who pulls the strings? Mozart's Magic Flute at Longborough
19 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
A mixed bag in which the musical dimension is more appealing than the production
15 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Fidelio

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Une poignée de bons chanteurs engonce loyalement la production
17 Jul 17 / Anaclase
There is something slightly discomfiting in the tricksy production director Orpha Phelan offers here
8 Jul 17 / The Oxford Times
Among the singers, the soprano, Elizabeth Atherton, as Leonore/Fidelio emerged as the real star of the show
8 Jul 17 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
As Leonore, Elizabeth Atherton produces a very clean, pure and accurate sound
5 Jul 17 / Music OMH
That this Fidelio is merely frustrating counts as something of a success
29 Jun 17 / The Spectator
A challenging, provocative and highly rewarding evening
29 Jun 17 / Independent
Impressive singing in Longborough Fidelio
27 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
It’s a miracle that the music makes any headway
26 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Tristan und Isolde

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A world class Tristan und Isolde in a barn shed
11 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Lee Bisset as Isolde was glorious
29 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
One of the most exalting operatic experience I have had
22 Jun 17 / The Spectator
Tristan und Isolde is so hot it sizzles
17 Jun 17 / The Observer
Anthony Negus and Carmen Jakobi’s Tristan und Isolde at Longborough excels musically and scenically
15 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Lee Bisset’s Isolde is remarkable, so beautifully expressive and vocally powerful
14 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Peter Wedd and Lee Bisset prove particularly effective in the title roles
11 Jun 17 / Music OMH
A flesh & blood Tristan at Longborough
10 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Anthony Negus brings a compelling authority to Wagner – his conducting is in a league of its own
10 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Jenufa

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Trouble at mill
16 Aug 16 / The Critics' Circle
The part of Kostelnicka needs to be performed by a larger-than-life woman and Ms Keeble fits the bill so convincingly
27 Jul 16 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Gaynor Keeble gives an acting master-class worthy of any theatrical stage
21 Jul 16 / Goucestershire Live
Janáček's masterpiece is graced by a memorable performance in the title role
21 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
No histrionics, just raw emotion for Janáček's tragic opera
19 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Janáček's happy-ending tragedy is powerfully moving despite untidy details
19 Jul 16 / The Arts Desk
Lee Bisset’s Jenůfa went from strength to strength
18 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Alcina

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

High musical values in this jumble sale-chic show
5 Aug 16 / Evening Standard
A brooding Alcina at Longborough
2 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
Handelians will be impressed
1 Aug 16 / Classical Source
Le nozze di Figaro

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 6

The singing was uniformly excellent
5 Jul 16 / Independent
Longborough’s Figaro is a spirited and exceptionally well-performed version of this comedy of errors
5 Jul 16 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
A thought-provoking Marriage of Figaro at Longborough
30 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Robert Houssart conducts well and the singing is generally of a high standard
29 Jun 16 / Music OMH
With its comparative economy of means, this is a very likeable production of Mozart’s masterpiece
29 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Upstairs, downstairs
28 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Tristan und Isolde

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

John Treleaven gave a creditable portrayal of a man in psychological torment
18 Jun 16 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Longborough's new production of Tristan und Isolde will remain a yardstick
25 Jun 15 / The Spectator
A five-star musical performance trapped in a one-star production of Wagner's opera
24 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
In the end it was Rachel Nicholls whose natural modesty and effortless singing swept all aside
24 Jun 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
At its centre are the performances of Peter Wedd as Tristan and Rachel Nicholls as Isolde
23 Jun 15 / The Birmingham Post
Longborough Festival Opera sets high standard with Tristan und Isolde
22 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
When it comes to staging Wagner, musical intelligence is more important than vast resources and superstar talent
18 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Longborough’s Tristan is a musical triumph under conductor Anthony Negus
18 Jun 15 / The Stage
‘Tristan und Isolde’ brings thunder to the Longborough Festival
18 Jun 15 / New York Times
Negus's conducting is worth the entire evening
18 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Tannhäuser

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Longborough’s Tannhäuser is a major relief after ENO’s abysmal Tristan
17 Jun 16 / The Spectator
Negus brings persuasive grandeur and lightness of touch to Longborough’s Tannhäuser
17 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
A clear staging but the singing disappoints
15 Jun 16 / The Guardian
An enjoyable and illuminating Tannhäuser
15 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
This Tannhäuser is a treat for the ears - but it's a shame about the staging
14 Jun 16 / Telegraph
Tricky things, orgies
13 Jun 16 / Gloucestershire Echo
Ganz nach Wagners Geschmack
13 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
The greatest hero of all is Anthony Negus whose conducting explores every phrase and nuance in the music
12 Jun 16 / Music OMH
This is a Tannhäuser not to miss
11 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Impressively conducted Tannhäuser from Anthony Negus opens Longborough’s season
11 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Xerxes

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Handel's Serse from Longborough's young artists
3 Aug 15 / Planet Hugill
A feast of virtuoso singing and lively characterisation
30 Jul 15 / The Birmingham Post
Passion, jealousy and deceit in Handel’s Xerxes at Longborough
27 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Rigoletto

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Longborough has the Midas touch of bringing quality and creative imagination to whatever the work it is staging
14 Jul 15 / The Birmingham Post
Verdi's Mantua transplanted to Detroit but better sung than staged
10 Jul 15 / The Arts Desk
Glory days and nights at Longborough
10 Jul 15 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
American 1920s setting works a treat
7 Jul 15 / Independent
Longborough delivers a quality Rigoletto 1920s-style
7 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Don Pasquale

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 4

The 18th century sections of this production worked gloriously
14 Jul 15 / The Birmingham Post
Glory days and nights at Longborough
10 Jul 15 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Susanna Hurrell shines at Longborough's Don Pasquale
7 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Imaginative staging of Don Pasquale at Longborough
6 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Rinaldo

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Handel's crusade is replaced by a circus
26 Jul 14 / The Guardian
Crusades to circus: Handel’s Rinaldo in a surprising setting
26 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

"Just my usual, please, Figaro"
12 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
The presentation in this production overtaxes the venue
5 Jul 14 / The Birmingham Post
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News & Articles

The miracle of Longborough
Ring cycles have been known to break national opera companies. Longborough Festival Opera is about to embark upon their second. How do they do it?
7 Jun 2019 / The Spectator
Longborough Festival Opera announces collaboration
Longborough Festival Opera will collaborate with the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) for its production of Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses in 2020.
4 Jun 2019 / Opera Today
Longborough Festival Opera
In interview with Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera.
10 May 2019 / Opera Today
Longborough Festival Opera announces 2020 season
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.
9 Apr 2019 / Opera Now
Longborough Festival Opera to receive Wagner Society award
The Wagner Society has announced that Longborough Festival Opera co-founders Martin and Lizzie Graham will receive its prestigious Reginald Goodall Award.
27 Feb 2019 / Opera Today