Director Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, appears as a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on July 9. Her staging of Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses will be performed in the Big Top at the festival on July 13, 15, 17 & 18. Conducted by CPM artist Robert Howarth the production also features tenor Andrew Irwin as Telemaco. View Graham’s short animated film here.
The Vienna State Opera is offering a free stream of director Polly Graham’s 2019 production of Olga Neuwirth Orlando for 24 hours from at 19:00 (CET) on November 7. Drawn from the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name Orlando is conducted by Matthias Pintscher and the cast includes Kate Lindsey in the title role. https://play.wiener-staatsoper.at/
Opera director Harry Fehr will make his Swiss directing début with a production of Peter Grimes at Theater Basel. The show opens on March 27 and there are further performances on April 3, 6, 8, 14, 19, 26, May 3, 9, 21, June 12 & 19. The production is designed by Leslie Travers and Kristiina Poska will conduct.
Polly Graham will direct Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando at the Vienna State Opera. The world première on 8 December 2019 will feature stage design by Roy Spahn, lighting by Ulrich Schneider with videos by Will Duke and costumes by Comme des Garçons.
The cast, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, includes Kate Lindsey, Eric Jurenas, Constance Hauman, Leigh Melrose, Vivian Bond and Agneta Eichenholz. There are further performances on December 11, 14, 18 (streamed live) and 20.
Harry Fehr makes his US début directing Handel Orlando at San Francisco Opera with performances on June 9, 15, 18, 21 & 27. Originally a Scottish Opera production, the staging has also had success at Welsh National Opera “This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.” The Spectator.
Harry Fehr directs in Germany for the first time staging Donizetti Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. The production with sets by Yannis Thavoris and costumes by Mark Bouman opens on March 23 with further performances on March 29, April 14, 20, May 4, 30, June 12, 20 & July 10, 2019 and is conducted by Daniele Squeo.
Director Polly Graham stages the world premiere of Robin Hood by emerging composer Dani Howard for The Opera Story with baritone Nicholas Merryweather creating the title role. Opening on February 27 at the Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory, in Peckham, London, the production is conducted by Berrak Dyer with designs by April Dalton. There are further performances on March 1, 2, 5 8 & 9. Read Polly’s blog post about her approach to the tale.