Longborough announce Young Opera Artist Program plus 2012 season

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 14 October 2011 | 3:03:00 pm

Press Release: 

Longborough Festival Opera
The  2012 season will open on 9 June with six performances of a new production of The Magic Flute directed by Jenny Miller and conducted by Gianluca Marciano (9,12,13,16 June and Lesley-Anne Sammmons (10 and 15 June). The Magic Flute was Mozart's last opera with a libretto written by Emanuel Schikaneder, a friend of Mozart and a member of the same Masonic Lodge.

Martin Graham (Photo J Aston
This will be followed by Janácek's Katya Kabanova, directed an designed by Richard Studer and conducted by Jonathan Lyness, the team who produced The Cunning Little Vixen. by the same composer, in 2008. Janacek's glorious masterpiece Katya Kabanova, is a work of great passion, compelling drama and breathtaking melodic majesty.

2012 brings us to the fourth and last opera in the Ring cycle Götterdämmerung - The Twilight of the Gods. As with the first three operas in the cycle, Götterdämmerung is conducted by Anthony Negus, directed by Alan Privett, designed by Kjell Torriset and with lighting by Guy Hoare. (17, 19, 22, 24 July)


LFO will also be presenting two performances by young artists next summer. These will be of Sweeney Todd, the Stephen Sondheim musical. This will have a cast of young singers aged 14-25 years, directed by Maria Jagusz and conducted by Richard Taggart. We will also be offering schools workshops based on the show.

Details of auditions will be available on the website. Auditions are likely to take place in early January with a week of rehearsals in April and further rehearsals at Whitsun and in the week before the performances. This is work experience and singers will not receive fees.

Anyone interested in school workshops should contact education@lfo.org.uk.