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Melissa Bradshaw

Longborough Festival Opera announces 2020 season

1:19, 8th April 2019

Longborough Festival Opera has revealed the programme for its 2020 season, which includes the next instalment in its new Ring cycle, Wagner’s Die Walküre.

Music director Anthony Negus will conduct Die Walküre, joining forces once again with director Amy Lane (Royal Opera House). The cast includes Mark Le Brocq as Siegmund, Sarah Marie Kramer as Sieglinde, Paul Carey Jones as Wotan and Lee Bisset in her role debut as Brünnhilde, following an acclaimed performance as Isolde at Longborough in 2017.

Bisset comments: ‘I am thrilled to sing my first Ring Cycle as Brunnhilde, the pinnacle of Wagner heroines, for the company in which I sang my first Wagner role. The 2013 Ring Cycle at Longborough was very special, but as Longborough seems to go from strength to strength, knowing the team involved, and seeing what is slowly unfolding, I hope that this new Cycle will be something extraordinary.’

Also on the 2020 programme is Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, with Longborough’s artistic director Polly Graham making her directing debut and Tom Randle in the title role, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love under the baton of Alice Farnham, and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, performed by talented artists at the start of their careers as part of Longborough’s annual Emerging Artist programme.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale at 10am on Monday 2 March 2020. Further information can be found at www.lfo.org.uk.

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