Siegfried
Longborough Festival Opera

Siegfried

‘A buffoon, god of light, and social revolutionary all at once’ Thomas Mann on Siegfried.

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Tenors, La fille du régiment, Donizetti Opera Festival
Tenors

Tenors in opera frequently take the leading male role. They are said to have irresistible charm - on and off stage!

Mozart
Mozart

A man of the Enlightenment, Mozart is not a political animal; he has a sharp eye on the world around him.

Strong women
Strong women

Opera is certainly not the most tender artform to women. Between sacrifices, rapes, forced marriages, illnesses, suicides or even murders, women are often presented as the victims of a destiny. Here we focus on female roles who stand out by virtue of their strong, independent and enterprising character.

Wagner
Wagner

Composer Richard Wagner, despite the controversies surrounding his life and political views, bestrides German opera like a colossus.

Bel canto
Bel canto

The Italian for ‘beautiful singing’ is used to describe Italian opera of the first part of the 19th century. Three pre-eminent Italian composers of that era are Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

Haunted houses
Haunted houses

The Phantom of the Opera? It's not just in musicals that you'll find ghosts. Opera as its share of haunted houses too.

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