Longborough Festival Opera

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Longborough Festival Opera started life in 1991 as Banks Fee Opera. After a series of chamber music concerts in the drawing room of our house, Banks Fee, we decided to invite Travelling Opera, a small touring opera company to give two performances with a small orchestra on a temporary stage in the courtyard of the stable block in aid of Sue Ryder and Barnado’s. The original audience was mainly local supporters of the charities and about £3000 was raised after costs and including donations which was divided between the two charities.

The opera evenings, with picnic interval, were very popular and we were begged to continue! Until 1998, our relationship was exclusively with Travelling Opera, whose productions of well-known operas in English were much enjoyed by our steadily increasing audience which grew from a total of 400 in 1991 to 1600 in 1997. Over that period, Banks Fee Opera presented Cosi fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, The Magic Flute and Carmen. Longborough Festival Opera was founded after our move to New Banks Fee, where we converted a barn into a theatre, using seats from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which were being discarded during the process of its recent refurbishment.


Connected mandy members:

Emily Davidson
Emily Davidson
Costume Designer
2019, Longborough Festival Opera, Wardrobe Assistant
Juliette Craft
Juliette Craft
Costume Supervisor
2019, LFO, Head of Costume
James Gribble
2019, La Calisto, Pane
Franciska Ery
Franciska Ery
Director
2019, La Calisto, Assistant Director
Valentini Kalpini
Valentini Kalpini
Stage Manager
2019, La Calisto, Assistant Stage Manager
Longborough Festival Opera
Joy Laing
Joy Laing
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Don Giovanni, Assistant Stage Manager
Charlie Morgan Jones
Charlie Morgan Jones
Lighting Designer
2019, Das Rheingold, Lighting Designer
Longborough Festival Opera
Valentini Kalpini
Valentini Kalpini
Stage Manager
2019, Das Rheingold, Assistant Stage Manager
Longborough Festival Opera
Kirsty Bennett
Kirsty Bennett
Technical Stage Manager
2019, Das Reighgold, Technical ASM
Longborough Festival Opera
Aimee May Allison
Aimee May Allison
Wardrobe Assistant
2019, Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni & La Calisto, Dresser
Hannah Williams
Hannah Williams
Stage Manager
2019, Anna Bolena, DSM
Longborough Festival Opera
Millie McElhinney
Millie McElhinney
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Anna Bolena, Assistant Stage Manager
Wayne Dowdeswell
Wayne Dowdeswell
Lighting Designer
2018, The Magic Flute, Lighting Designer
Longborough Festival Opera
Claire Litton
Claire Litton
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, La Traviata, Deputy Stage Manager
Rachel Hancock
Rachel Hancock
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, L'incoronazione di Poppea - Claudio Monteverdi, Assistant Stage Manager
Sophie Johnson
Sophie Johnson
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, l'incoronazione di poppea, Deputy Stage Manager
Wayne Dowdeswell
Wayne Dowdeswell
Lighting Designer
2018, Fidelio, Lighting Designer
Longborough Festival Opera
Rachel Hancock
Rachel Hancock
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Der Fliegende Holländer - Richard Wagner, Assistant Stage Manager
Sophie Johnson
Sophie Johnson
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, Der Fliegende Hollander, Deputy Stage Manager
James Gribble
2018, Der fliegende Holländer, 1st Bass Chorus

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Alternative Company Names

LFO, Longborough Festival Opera (Young Artists), Longborough Opera Festival