Longborough Festival Opera

Another season of theatrical drama and orchestral music is heading to the Cotswolds in summer 2023, as Longborough Festival Opera returns.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Enjoy a wonderful performance during Longborough Festival Opera’s 2023 season.
Enjoy a wonderful performance during Longborough Festival Opera’s 2023 season.

A unique cultural event in the Cotswold calendar, Longborough Festival Opera is returning from Monday 29 May to Thursday 3 August 2023, after enjoying a successful 2022 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 2023’s highlights below.

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

Götterdämmerung at Longborough Festival Opera 2023

Monday 29 and Wednesday 31 May, Friday 2, Sunday 4 and Tuesday 6 June 2023

Marking the finale and epic conclusion to Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle after critically acclaimed performances of Das Rheingold in 2019, Die Walküre in 2021 and Siegfried in 2022, Götterdämmerung provides an epic and intimate musical start to Longborough Festival Opera’s summer season in 2023.

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 Götterdämmerung are taking place on Monday 29 and Wednesday 31 May, Friday 2, Sunday 4 and Tuesday 6 June 2023.

L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) at Longborough Festival Opera 2023

Tuesday 20, Thursday 22, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 June and Saturday 1 July 2023

To continue the season, a satirical comedy production of Gaetono Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, will be performed, following a travelling quack doctor offering a lovesick young man a cure for all his problems.

It’s a special opportunity to see the hilarious and most popular of Donizetti's operas, directed by the award-winning British-Swiss director Max Hoehn and conducted by Alice Farnham. 

Performances of L'Elisir d'Amore are scheduled for Tuesday 20, Thursday 22, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 June and Saturday 1 July 2023.

L'Orfeo at Longborough Festival Opera 2023

Tuesday 11, Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 July 2023

For the summer 2023 season, Olivia Fuchs directs a radical take on L'Orfeo, Claudio Monteverdi's poignant and revolutionary interpretation of the Orpheus legend, considered the first operatic masterpiece ever created. 

The performance will include period instruments by Venetian Baroque specialists, La Serenissima, and be conducted by Robert Howarth of ​The Return of Ulysses ​in 2021, as well as being directed by the esteemed Olivia Fuchs, returning following the acclaimed ​Cunning Little Vixen ​in 2021.

Performances of L'Orfeo will be held on Tuesday 11, Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 July 2023.

The Fairy Queen at Longborough Festival Opera 2023

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July and Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 August 2023

New for audiences in 2023, ​Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, ​which was originally composed to fit between the acts of Shakespeare's play ​A Midsummer Night's Dream​ will be performed at the festival, musically expressing the play's themes of nature, transformation, love and magic. 

The new production combines words and music to present Purcell's beautiful and life-affirming score, as well as blending a genre-bending arrangement of Baroque with folk music. Co-music directed by violinist and composer Naomi Burrell and composer and conductor Harry Sever.

Performances will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July and Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 August 2023.

Public booking for Longborough Opera Festival opens on Monday 27 February 2023, when ticket prices will be announced.

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

Event

Longborough Festival Opera 2023

Dates

Monday 29 May 2023; Wednesday 31 May 2023; Friday 2 June 2023; Sunday 4 June 2023; Tuesday 6 June 2023; Tuesday 20 June 2023; Thursday 22 June 2023; Saturday 24 June 2023; Sunday 25 June 2023; Tuesday 27 June 2023; Thursday 29 June 2023; Saturday 1 July 2023; Tuesday 11 July 2023; Thursday 13 July 2023; Saturday 15 July 2023; Sunday 16 July 2023; Tuesday 18 July 2023; Saturday 29 July 2023; Sunday 30 July 2023; Tuesday 1 August 2023; Thursday 3 August 2023

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

lfo.org.uk
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