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15 December 2017

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Orfeo ed Euridice

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

The cast reveals a wealth of talent
10 Aug 17 / Music OMH
A Bollywood Orfeo ed Euridice showcases Longborough Festival Opera’s young artists
7 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Jagusz’s production certainly confirmed the artistic power of economy
7 Aug 17 / Opera Today
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
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
There is something slightly discomfiting in the tricksy production director Orpha Phelan offers here
8 Jul 17 / Oxford Times Online
As Leonore, Elizabeth Atherton produces a very clean, pure and accurate sound
5 Jul 17 / Music OMH
A challenging, provocative and highly rewarding evening
29 Jun 17 / Independent
That this Fidelio is merely frustrating counts as something of a success
29 Jun 17 / The Spectator
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
Anthony Negus brings a compelling authority to Wagner – his conducting is in a league of its own
10 Jun 17 / Classical Source
A flesh & blood Tristan at Longborough
10 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
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
Janáček's masterpiece is graced by a memorable performance in the title role
21 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Gaynor Keeble gives an acting master-class worthy of any theatrical stage
21 Jul 16 / Goucestershire Live
Janáček's happy-ending tragedy is powerfully moving despite untidy details
19 Jul 16 / The Arts Desk
No histrionics, just raw emotion for Janáček's tragic opera
19 Jul 16 / The Guardian
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
With its comparative economy of means, this is a very likeable production of Mozart’s masterpiece
29 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Robert Houssart conducts well and the singing is generally of a high standard
29 Jun 16 / Music OMH
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
‘Tristan und Isolde’ brings thunder to the Longborough Festival
18 Jun 15 / New York Times
When it comes to staging Wagner, musical intelligence is more important than vast resources and superstar talent
18 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Negus's conducting is worth the entire evening
18 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Longborough’s Tristan is a musical triumph under conductor Anthony Negus
18 Jun 15 / The Stage
Tannhäuser

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Negus brings persuasive grandeur and lightness of touch to Longborough’s Tannhäuser
17 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Longborough’s Tannhäuser is a major relief after ENO’s abysmal Tristan
17 Jun 16 / The Spectator
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
Ganz nach Wagners Geschmack
13 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Tricky things, orgies
13 Jun 16 / Gloucestershire Echo
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
Tosca

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

An extraordinarily sensitive performance from Lee Bisset as Tosca
27 Jun 14 / The Birmingham Post
La bohème

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Puccini's concise masterpiece flourishes as Wagner's expansive one did in intimate surroundings
22 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 3

No one who was there would doubt this was a great event
25 Jun 13 / The Guardian
Brilliant Wagner in small theatre reveals unexpected intimacies
24 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
Die Walküre: Magic fire is being kindled in the Cotswolds
20 Jun 13 / Independent
‘Ring’ without the bling
A Wagnerite couple prepares to tackle opera’s Everest in a sleepy village deep in the English countryside.
Götterdämmerung

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Vocally, there was much to savour throughout the cast
27 Jul 12 / Oxford Times Online
A monumental achievement
23 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
By any reckoning it was a staggering achievement
22 Jul 12 / The Observer
Longborough’s staging tells the story simply, truthfully and imaginatively
19 Jul 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Wagner himself would be delighted with Alan Privett’s production of Götterdämmerung
19 Jul 12 / Telegraph
Rachel Nicholls dominates the stage as the ex-Valkyrie
19 Jul 12 / Independent
Superb Wagner in a Gloucestershire barn promises well for next year's Ring cycle
18 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
Kat'a Kabanova

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Janáèek's Russia as a house of the dead with a spotlight on emotion
28 Jun 12 / The Arts Desk
A thrilling, sometimes emotionally draining production of Leos Janacek’s Katya Kabanova
28 Jun 12 / Oxford Times Online
Die Zauberflöte

Longborough Festival Opera


No. of reviews: 2

This Flute lacks any sense of magic or the supernatural
14 Jun 12 / Oxford Times Online
Magical start to the 21st Longborough Opera Festival
12 Jun 12 / Seen and Heard
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News & Articles

Longborough – from cowshed to world-class opera house
“People ask: how do you build a theatre?” says Martin Graham, co-founder of Longborough Festival Opera. “And I just say: ‘You go into a field with a spade and you start digging’.”
5 Aug 2015 / The Stage
How the Cotswolds became a mecca for Wagnerians
Alan Rusbridger meets Martin and Lizzie Graham, the inspiring couple who have put on the Ring cycle and now Tristan und Isolde in a converted barn, as they embark on their latest operatic adventure.
8 Jun 2015 / The Guardian
‘Ring’ without the bling
A Wagnerite couple prepares to tackle opera’s Everest in a sleepy village deep in the English countryside.
1 Jun 2013 / Financial Times (via Google)
Anthony Negus: with Siegfried at last
Anthony Negus is looking forward to conducting Wagner's Siegfried at Longborough Festival Opera.
16 Jul 2011 / The Guardian
Bringing Wagner to Gloucestershire
It's not quite Bayreuth, but Martin and Lizzie Graham's converted barn can still cope with the Ring Cycle. Tom Service travels to Longborough to find out more.
23 Jul 2010 / The Guardian