Friday 5 June 2020

Longborough Festival Opera raises over £300,000 in emergency appeal

An emergency appeal from Longborough Festival Opera has raised over £300,000 to help artists affected by the Coronavirus crisis.

Longborough Festival Opera has raised over £300,000 in its emergency appeal following the cancellation of its 2020 season due to the Coronavirus crisis.

A large number of people chose to donate some or all of the value of their tickets instead of asking for refunds, leaving the team overwhelmed by this ‘incredible generosity.’

£200,000 of the total raised will go directly to artists impacted by the cancellation of the 2020 season, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The rest of the funds will be put towards developing new work and sustaining Longborough Festival Opera during the current lockdown.

Singers have flocked to social media to express their heartfelt gratitude, thanking audiences for their support, solidarity and generosity.

Bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones was due to make his debut as Wotan in Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Die Walküre this year. He said: ‘This immensely thoughtful contribution is of such value, in terms of both financial and moral support, at this challenging time. Thank you so much to all who have contributed so generously in money, time and thought to the fund – your efforts are greatly appreciated.’

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