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Melissa Bradshaw

Longborough Festival Opera founders to receive Wagner Society Award and launch Ring cycle in 2019

11:37, 25th February 2019

The Wagner Society has announced that Longborough Festival Opera co-founders Martin and Lizzie Graham (pictured) will receive its prestigious Reginald Goodall Award, recognising individuals who have been of outstanding service to Wagner and his music.

The award comes as Longborough announces its new Ring cycle, following their critically acclaimed 2013 cycle which established the festival as a destination for Wagnerians around the world. Lizzie Graham comments: ‘Martin and I are delighted to receive this award on behalf of the whole team at Longborough who work so hard to make Wagner successful here, and are currently helping to put our new Ring cycle in place.’ They will receive the award at a ceremony at the Royal Over-Seas League in London on 20 March 2019.

The upcoming cycle will see Longborough stage new productions of Das Rheingold (June 2019); Die Walküre (June 2020); Siegfried (June 2021) and Götterdämmerung (June 2022); culminating in the full cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen (June 2023). The entire cycle will be conducted by Longborough music director Anthony Negus, and brought to life by Royal Opera House head staff director Amy Lane.

‘The Ring cycle is the most epic of tales with a score that is searing, desperate, sublime and so perfectly unfathomable,’ comments Lane. ‘What an honour it is to set foot upon this glorious pathway and to commence this journey with Longborough.’



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