Longborough Festival Opera launches opera podcast

The Longborough Podcast offers listeners the opportunity to hear directly
from the artists and figures at the forefront of the industry. Each episode
will explore a particular composer, work or role, welcoming friends from
the world of opera and the arts – including singers, players, directors,
conductors and more – for some thought-provoking discussions.

The first few episodes include:

1. Music journalist Richard Bratby, Longborough Music
Director Anthony Negus and bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones trace Wotan’s journey through Wagner’s
Ring cycle.

2. Writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook, sopranoLee Bisset and historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explore the roles of women in
Wagner’s Ring cycle.

3. A conversation about The Cunning Little Vixen in context of Janacek’s
works, hosted by Richard Bratby.

4. Opera director and librettist Sir David Pountney and Longborough’s
Artistic Director Polly Graham uncover the use of comedy in Wagner’s Ring

Listen to the first episode here:


Longborough Artistic Director Polly Graham comments:

“What we hope to achieve from this podcast is a chance to open up some
of the amazing works we had programmed for 2020, and to celebrate the
thinking of the artists we work with. The lockdown has been hugely
challenging for the performing arts, but it has given us the
opportunity to think creatively about different experiences we can
still offer audiences. We miss our audiences so much and cannot wait to
connect with them again through live theatre and music. In the
meantime, we hope this podcast will continue to feed their imagination.
We are so grateful for their continued support at such a challenging

The news comes following the success of Longborough’s recent fundraising
campaign that generated £300,000, two-thirds of which went directly to the
freelance artists involved in the postponed 2020 festival’s four
productions. The remainder will help to develop further work for artists
this year, as well as to help the organisation mitigate upcoming financial
uncertainty. As a privately-funded charity, Longborough relies on ticket
income to sustain its work.

How to Listen:

The podcast will be available free of charge at lfo.org.uk and on most
podcast platforms.

Listen and subscribe at lfo.org.uk/podcast
or search “Longborough podcast” on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast or

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