Longborough Festival Opera’s exciting 2021 update

News about Longborough Opera in 2021

Longborough Festival Opera to stage three productions in Circus Big Top this season

Longborough Festival Opera has introduced a new venue for 2021: the Big Top. Three of the festival’s 2021 productions will take place in this new venue: Così fan tutte, The Return of Ulysses and The Cunning Little Vixen.

The indoor/outdoor space offers different and exciting theatrical possibilities for the creative teams, as well as excellent seating flexibility, allowing for a larger socially distanced audience than the Longborough theatre can offer. The space can also be turned into an outdoor venue as required, with the possibility of performing with the sides removed.

Longborough Artistic Director Polly Graham comments: ‘We are determined to bring our audience a wonderful and unforgettable season, and the safety of everyone involved is our priority. I am delighted that we can offer this exciting new venue for 2021 and keep live opera happening through such a challenging time. Opera in the round opens up so many different ways of expressing a story. Audiences will feel drawn in and almost part of the action. It’s opera undressed, as the focus shifts to the music, text and performance, rather than big sets and costumes, and the space itself also becomes a part of the storytelling.’The Big Top is a purpose-built auditorium with a socially distanced seating plan. The stage and amphitheatre will be clad in timber, to assist with the even spread of sound. As with the productions in the theatre, surtitles will be present for every production and visible from every seat.

2021 Performance Dates

Die Walküre: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14 June 2021
Così fan tutte: 23, 26, 27, 29 June, 1, 3, 4 July 2021
The Return of Ulysses: 13, 15, 17, 18 July 2021
The Cunning Little Vixen: 29, 31 July, 1, 3 August 2021

Fundraising Campaign: The news of the new venue follows the success of Longborough’s 2020 fundraising campaign, which generated over £300,000 for freelance artists involved in the postponed festival and the generation of future work.

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Tremendous performances of rarely-performed works in the opening concert of Myaskovsky. Dialogues

Russian FederationRussian Federation Myaskovsky. Dialogues – A Dialogue with Epoch: Klavdia Bashkirtseva (soprano), Alexander Trofimov (tenor), Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Quartet, Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Choir, Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Rudin (conductor). Livestreamed on the Virtual Concert Hall from the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall, 9.3.2021. (GT)

Myaskovsky. Dialogues in the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall

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Pretty Yende and Juan Diego Flórez bring to life Simon Stone’s intriguingly staged, very well directed Vienna La traviata

AustriaAustria Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Jakob Pitzer) from the Vienna State Opera, 7.3.2021. (JPr)

Juan Diego Flórez (Alfredo) and Pretty Yende (Violetta Valéry)

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces six new concerts for Spring 2021, broadcast for free

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Spring 2021 online season

Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) today announces six new online concerts for Spring 2021, broadcast for free. During March and April, concerts include the World Premiere of SCO Associate Composer Anna Clyne’s Overflow, guest artists such as baritone Marcus Farnsworth and oboist Nicholas Daniel, works by Vítězslava Kaprálová and Dani Howard, and a version of Prokofiev’s Sonata for Solo Violin in D major played by 8 violinists. Filmed at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and Perth Concert Hall, the concerts will be broadcast via SCO’s YouTube and Facebook channels and available for catch up for 30 days.

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Recorded for exclusive broadcast, Messiah from ENO is on BBC Two on 3 April 2021

English National Opera and BBC Two announce the broadcast on Saturday 3 April at 6pm of Handel’s Messiah, captured exclusively for television this Easter


Laurence Cummings conducts the ENO Orchestra (c) Tristam Kenton

The hour-long performance of Handel’s much-loved masterpiece will be imaginatively staged at the London Coliseum, and filmed specifically for a television audience. With no live audience present, the performance will be brought to life by the creative teams of the English National Opera, and performed by guest soloists and the ENO Chorus and Orchestra, making imaginative use of the stunning auditorium at the London Coliseum. It will be presented by saxophonist and broadcaster YolanDa Brown and broadcaster Petroc Trelawny.

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Berlin Phil’s traditional programming of Beethoven and Prokofiev features Igor Levit’s artistry and mastery

GermanyGermany Beethoven, Prokofiev: Igor Levit (pianist), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (conductor). Streamed from the Philharmonie Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall (click here), 6.3.2021. (GT)

Igor Levit (c) Felix Broede

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