Longborough Festival Opera - Longborough
15 October 2018

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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
Never less than a highly accomplished production that, in such an intimate setting, packs quite a punch
16 Jul 18 / Music OMH
Alan Privett’s production of Ariadne is another huge Longborough success
16 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
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
Beautifully played but dramatically inert
8 Jun 18 / The Stage
A production that really flies
8 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Negus sets up the story’s tensions in a passionate, spacious account of the overture
8 Jun 18 / Classical Source
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
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
There is something slightly discomfiting in the tricksy production director Orpha Phelan offers here
8 Jul 17 / Oxford Times Online
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Glory days and nights at Longborough
10 Jul 15 / Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
Verdi's Mantua transplanted to Detroit but better sung than staged
10 Jul 15 / The Arts Desk
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

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

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

Polly Graham named Longborough Festival Opera artistic director
The 33-year-old opera director, daughter of festival founders Martin and Lizzie Graham, will take up the new role with immediate effect, combining it with her independent directing career.
22 Feb 2018 / Opera Now
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

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