GETTING THE BIRD
RODERIC DUNNETT looks back with delight at
Longborough Festival Opera's new production
of Wagner's 'Siegfried'
Longborough Festival Opera's founder, Martin Graham, cycled to Bayreuth
earlier this year, breaking two ribs and braving brushes with the Bundespolizei
(he sang them Wotan's farewell and they let him go).
He needn't have troubled. Longborough's own new production of Siegfried
is a stunning achievement for an opera house in the wilds, now sprouting
fresh follies and ornamental staircases, that was a chicken barn three seasons
ago. In a sense, fancy Palladian facade apart, it still is, and that's a
part of the pleasure. The acoustic is one to die for.
The graph of Longborough's Ring Cycle goes up and up. Rhinegold
was promising; Walkure, a moving experience. Now, with Anthony
Negus at the helm, the music better than ever, and a cast to kill for, their
new Siegfried could transfer very handsomely to the Coliseum
or Leeds Grand tomorrow.
Copyright © 27 August 2000
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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