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Festival: Longborough Opera Festival


June 6th - August 2nd2018

Longborough Festival Opera boasts an intimate 500-seat theatre, set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Every summer, the season features bespoke productions created especially for the Festival: talented designers, directors, conductors and the best up-and-coming artists coming together to bring you something you won't have seen anywhere else.

Founded by Martin and Lizzie Graham and located in the grounds of their home, a visit to the Festival ensures a unique experience. Nestled on a hillside and with splendid views over the tranquil Gloucestershire countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is a true hidden gem of the Cotswolds – and a ‘remarkable summer event’ (The Telegraph).

In June and July, be sure to take in the picturesque views, bring a picnic or treat yourself to a delicious three-course meal – and enjoy spectacular opera inside one of the UK’s finest country opera houses.

Intervals and dining

The 90-minute dining interval allows time to relax and enjoy the picturesque grounds: whether you reserve a place in one of the exclusive restaurants or bring your own picnic to enjoy.

What to wear

Black tie, formal dresses or a stylish garden party look: there is no specific dress code at Longborough, though many guests choose to wear black tie for the occasion.

Getting to Longborough (GL56 0QF)

The theatre is located on the outskirts of the village of Longborough in Gloucestershire, a few miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Moreton-in-Marsh is on the Cotswold Line, and is served by direct trains from London Paddington (90 minutes), Worcester (50 minutes) and Hereford (90 minutes).

Visiting the Cotswolds

Longborough is situated in the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds, an area with a number of delightful market towns. Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water are all well worth a visit; and for a day trip, the larger towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham are within easy driving distance.

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Moreton-in-MarshLa traviata | Longborough Festival Opera

La traviata | Longborough Festival Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Thomas Blunt; Daisy Evans; Longborough Festival Opera; Loren Elstein; Claire Egan; Anna Patalong; Mark Stone

Moreton-in-MarshAriadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera

Ariadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Anthony Negus; Alan Privett; Longborough Festival Opera; Faye Bradley; Helena Dix; Robyn Allegra Parton; Clare Presland

Moreton-in-MarshL'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera

L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Jeremy Silver; Jenny Miller; Longborough Festival Opera; Chiara Vinci; Lucilla Graham; Isabella Cheevers; Sofia Troncoso
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Exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds

Kirstin Sharpin (Senta) and Jonathan Stoughton (Erik) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
With a glinting voice of a youthful sheen, like bracing Nordic air, Kirstin Sharpin was entirely convincing as the obsessed dreamer, Senta.
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Simplicity in Longborough's Orfeo ed Euridice

Hanna-Liisa Kirchin (Orfeo) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Gluck sought simplicity; Longborough Festival Opera delivers simplicity with a most enjoyable and engaging production of Orfeo
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Mozart's Magic Flute at Longborough

Julian Hubbard (Tamino) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
A fresh, yet traditional Magic Flute at Longborough uses puppetry to bring an atmosphere of fairytale onto the stage, with fine singing from a strong cast. 
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