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The Longborough podcast

The Longborough podcast

By Longborough Festival Opera
Longborough Festival Opera is a 500-seat homegrown theatre in the Cotswolds. Our podcast series was born out of the Covid lockdown. We'll be welcoming lots of our friends from the world of opera and the arts, including singers, players, directors, conductors and more, for what will be some thought-provoking discussions. We hope you'll join us too.
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EP5. Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt, with Anthony Negus and Prof Ken Hamilton
Longborough Festival Opera's Music Director Anthony Negus joins the pianist and musicologist Professor Kenneth Hamilton, as they discuss the surprising personal and musical relationships between Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Hosted by writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook. Thanks to Stuart Essenhigh on trumpet in the introduction. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
42:60
March 25, 2021
EP4. Finding comedy in Wagner's Ring cycle, with Polly Graham and Sir David Pountney
In this episode, Longborough Festival Opera's Artistic Director Polly Graham joins the acclaimed librettist and opera director Sir David Pountney, who was in the midst of staging his own Ring cycle in Chicago when the pandemic first struck. The subject of their discussion is comedy in the Ring cycle: where and how we can find humour inside this huge work of art, and how this deepens our understanding of the story.  Thanks to Stuart Essenhigh on trumpet in the introduction. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
26:45
October 16, 2020
EP3. Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen, with Justin Brown and Olivia Fuchs
In this episode, conductor Justin Brown and director Olivia Fuchs chat to music journalist Richard Bratby about this incredible work: Janácek's musical language; his parallels to Wagner; and why grown adults would want to see an opera about talking animals. Longborough Festival Opera's Emerging Artist production of The Cunning Little Vixen will now take place in 2021.  Thanks to Stuart Essenhigh on trumpet in the introduction. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
41:22
August 14, 2020
EP2. Wagner's Women, with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and Lee Bisset
In this episode, writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook chats to historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and soprano Lee Bisset, who was set to have been Brünnhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion they explore the roles and mythical origins of Wagner’s women.  For further reading, see Eleanor's list in the Guardian of top 10 books about the Vikings. Thanks to Stuart Essenhigh on trumpet in the introduction. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
45:29
July 8, 2020
EP1. Wotan's Journey, with Anthony Negus and Paul Carey Jones
In this episode, music journalist Richard Bratby chats to Longborough's Music Director Anthony Negus and bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones, who was scheduled to sing Wotan in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion they trace Wotan's journey through Wagner's Ring cycle. Thanks to Stuart Essenhigh on trumpet in the introduction. You can hear Paul singing Wagner on his YouTube channel. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
33:29
June 17, 2020
Podcast trailer
Welcome to the Longborough podcast. Artistic Director Polly Graham introduces Longborough Festival Opera, a 500-seat homegrown theatre in the Cotswolds. Our podcast series was born out of the Covid lockdown. We'll be welcoming lots of our friends from the world of opera and the arts, including singers, players, directors, conductors and more, for what will be some thought-provoking discussions. We hope you'll join us too. Find out more about Longborough Festival Opera at lfo.org.uk
00:43
June 11, 2020