Longborough Festival Opera

Another season of theatrical drama and orchestral music is heading to the Cotswolds in summer 2022, as Longborough Festival Opera returns.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Enjoy a wonderful performance during Longborough Festival Opera’s 2022 season.
Enjoy a wonderful performance during Longborough Festival Opera’s 2022 season.

A unique cultural event in the Cotswold calendar, Longborough Festival Opera is returning from Monday 30 May to Tuesday 2 August 2022, after enjoying a successful 2021 season.

With 90-minute intervals, the performances are perfect paired with a picnic, or alternatively, guests can dine at the on-site restaurant.

SoGlos has rounded up 2022’s highlights below.

For more information about Longborough Opera Festival, visit lfo.org.uk.

Siegfried at Longborough Festival Opera 2022

Monday 30 May, Wednesday 1, Friday 3, Sunday 5 and Tuesday 7 June 2022

Continuing its ambitious take on Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle after critically acclaimed performances of Das Rheingold in 2019 and Die Walküre in 2021, Siegfried provides an epic musical open for Longborough Festival Opera’s summer season in 2022.

Immersing audiences in a mythic world of gods, dwarves and giants, the fully-staged production has been created especially for Longborough by director Amy Lane and conductor Anthony Negus.

Performances of Siegfried are taking place on Monday 30 May, Wednesday 1, Friday 3, Sunday 5 and Tuesday 7 June 2022.

Die tote Stadt at Longborough Festival Opera 2022

Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, Saturday 25 and Monday 27 June 2022

To continue the season, a dramatised concert production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s, Die tote Stadt, will be performed in in celebration of the composer’s 125th anniversary year.

It’s a special opportunity to see the rarely performed drama of desire, directed by Carmen Jakobi and conducted by Justin Brown. The show will feature the Longborough Youth Chorus, following their successful debut in The Cunning Little Vixen during the 2021 season.

Performances of Die tote Stadt are scheduled for Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, Saturday 25, and Monday 27 June 2022.

Carmen at Longborough Festival Opera 2022

Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 and Tuesday 19 July 2022

For the summer 2022 season, Mathilde Lopez directs a radical take on Carmen, Georges Bizet’s dramatic tale of freedom and passion, accompanied by the Longborough Festival Opera, headed by Jeremy Silver, and the Longborough Youth Chorus.

Margaret Plummer is making her Longborough Festival Opera debut as Carmen, the astute Spanish gypsy who cunningly seduces her arrestor, Don José – played by Peter Gijsbertsen.

Performances of Carmen will be held on Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Saturday 16, Sunday 17, and Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Emerging artist double bill at Longborough Festival Opera 2022

Thursday 28, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 July and Tuesday 2 August 2022

Longborough’s Emerging Artist programme will bring a double bill of love, freedom and magic in the summer 2022 season, with the first complete staging of Frey Waley-Cohen’s Spell Book, a dramatic song cycle that both celebrates women’s hard-won freedoms and addresses the injustices yet to be overcome.

This will be followed by a performance of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina the earliest surviving opera written by a female composer.

Performances will take place on Thursday 28, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 July, as well as Tuesday 2 August 2022.

Public booking for Longborough Opera Festival opens on Monday 14 March 2022, when ticket prices will be revealed.

For more information about Longborough Opera Festival, visit lfo.org.uk.

Event

Longborough Festival Opera 2022

Dates

Monday 30 May 2022; Wednesday 1 June 2022; Friday 3 June 2022; Sunday 5 June 2022; Tuesday 7 June 2022; Tuesday 21 June 2022; Thursday 23 June 2022; Saturday 25 June 2022; Monday 27 June 2022; Saturday 9 July 2022; Sunday 10 July 2022; Tuesday 12 July 2022; Thursday 14 July 2022; Saturday 16 July 2022; Sunday 17 July 2022; Tuesday 19 July 2022; Thursday 28 July 2022; Saturday 30 July 2022; Sunday 31 July 2022; Tuesday 2 August 2022

Times

Times vary per performance, see website for full details.

Admission

Ticket prices vary per event, please see above for more details.

Telephone

(01451) 830292

Website

www.lfo.org.uk

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