Longborough Festival Opera appoints new executive director

Emily Gottlieb takes on the role of executive director at Longborough Festival Opera from April 2024 — as it prepares for its busy upcoming season of shows.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Emily Gottlieb has been appointed as executive director at Longborough Festival Opera and will oversee its jam-packed 2024 season.

Longborough Festival Opera has announced the appointment of Emily Gottlieb as its new executive director.

Gottlieb will assume the position from April 2024 after serving as chief executive at the National Opera Studio for nine years, following 15 years with the Royal Opera House.

The appointment comes as Longborough prepares to stage all four productions in Wagner's epic Der Ring des Nibelungen in summer 2024 and a public performance of its family-friendly Playground Opera.

Gottlieb said: 'I’m thrilled to join the Longborough team, especially in this exciting and ambitious year where this intrepid company is mounting Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle.

'Longborough has already achieved a reputation for pushing boundaries, and its inventiveness and aspiration are together a draw and a testament to the whole team who make up the company.

'I look forward to working with Polly, Anthony, staff, artists and trustees to realise the 2024 festival and Longborough’s excellent education programmes, and to help shape its exciting future plans.'

Chair of Longborough Festival Opera, Andrew Mosely, added: 'Emily has spent her entire career at the heart of opera in the UK and earned an excellent reputation at all levels within the industry.

'She has a deep practical understanding of opera making and the vision, experience and leadership skills to help steer Longborough to different and exciting places whilst respecting and serving our core audiences.

'Emily is a worthy successor to Jennifer Smith, who stood down as Executive Director in October after nine outstanding years at the helm. We very much look forward to welcoming Emily into the Longborough fold.'

Be sure to check out SoGlos's round up of Longborough Festival Opera's full programme of events for the 2024 season.

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