UPDATED: Longborough Festival Opera Announces 2022 Season

By Francisco Salazar

***This article has been updated from its original version to include the casts for each opera. 

The Longborough Festival Opera has announced its 2022 season featuring four productions.

The season opens with Wagner’s “Siegfried” in a production created especially for Longborough by Amy Lane, Artistic Director of Copenhagen Opera Festival, and Longborough Music Director and eminent Wagnerian Anthony Negus.

“Siegfried” will star Bradley Dalley, Simon Wilding, Adrian Dwyer, Julieth Lozano, Mae Heydorn, Lee Bisset, Mark Stone, and Paul Carey Jones.

The cycle continues with “Götterdämmerung” in 2023, building to the full cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2024.

Performance Dates: May 30-June 7, 2022

Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” will be the second production of the season directed by Carmen Jakobi and conducted by Justin Brown, who will offer a new take on the rarely performed work. “Die tote Stadt” will feature the Longborough Youth Chorus, following their performance in “The Cunning Little Vixen” in the 2021 season.

For the cast of “Die tote Stadt,” audiences will see Paul Auty, Noa Danon, Luci Briginshaw, Madeleine Shaw, Benson Wilson, Alexander Sprague, and Lee David Bowen.

Performance Dates: June 21-27, 2022

Mathilde Lopez directs Bizet’s “Carmen” with Jeremy Silver conducting. Margaret Plummer makes her Longborough debut in the title role, with Peter Gijsbertsen as Don José. Other cast members include Matthew Durkan, Jennifer Witton, Szymon Chojncki, Idunnu Munch, Samuel Pantcheff, Haege Lee, Kieran Rayner, and Alex Haigh headline “Carmen.”

Performance Dates: July 9-19, 2022

The final production of the season will be a double bill that includes Waley-Cohen’s “Spell Book” and Caccini’s “La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.”

Sarah Richmond, Flora Macdonald, Nia Coleman, Jessica Robinson, and Keith Pun (all members of the Emerging Artists ensemble) will star in the first complete staging of Freya Waley-Cohen’s “Spell Book,” a dramatic song cycle inspired by the composer’s encounter with Rebecca Tamás’ collection of poems, “Witch.”

Caccini’s “La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina” will then be performed in a new arrangement by conductor Yshani Perinpanayagam, featuring CHROMA Ensemble and directed by Jenny Ogilvie. The work will star Lauren Joyanne Morris, Simone Ibbett-Brown, Oskar McCarthy, Joe Chalmers, Flora Macdonald, Sarah Richmond, Xavier Hetherington, Jessica Robinson, Aaron Holmes, and Keith Pun.

Performance Dates: July 28-August 2, 2022