The Longborough Festival Opera has introduced a new venue to allow it to present three of the festival’s 2021 productions.

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It has been confirmed that the Longborough Festival Opera’s three productions Cosi fan tutte (23rd June -4th July), The Return of Ulysses (13th-18th July) and The Cunning Little Vixen (29th July-3rd August) will all be staged in a big top venue this Summer.

This announcement means that this new venue will offer different and unique theatrical opportunities 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.

Meanwhile, the festival’s production of Die Walküre (1st to the 14th June) are set to take place inside the theatre, operating at smaller capacity due to social distancing measures.

Talking about the news, Longborough Artistic Director Polly Graham said: “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.”

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