Longborough Festival Opera Announces New Executive Director

By Francisco Salazar

Longborough Festival Opera has appointed Emily Gottlieb as its new Executive Director from April 2024.

Gottlieb will join Longborough from the National Opera Studio where she served as Chief Executive for nine years, following 15 years with the Royal Opera House. Under her leadership, Longborough will stage Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in the summer of 2024.

In a statement, Emily 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.”

Polly Graham, Longborough Artistic Director added, “I warmly welcome Emily to Longborough as our new Executive Director, following the fruitful tenure of Jennifer Smith. Emily joins the company at an exciting and pivotal time. I’m certain Emily’s experience and expertise will help us reach beyond the Ring Cycle, as we take on new challenges and continue to grow, and I greatly look forward to collaborating with her.”