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.
Director Harry Fehr stages Handel Radamisto for the Dutch National Opera Academy from January 17 to 20, 2019 at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Judith Kubitz conducting. He will shortly make his German début with Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe collaborating with set designer Yannis Thavoris and costume designer Mark Bouman. There are performances from March 23 to July 10, 2019 under the baton of Daniele Squeo.
Harry Fehr makes his Dutch directing début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera. Designed by Yannis Thavoris, the production is conducted by David Parry and opens at the Wilmintheater, Enschede on October 13 with further performances on tour until November 12.
Director Harry Fehr‘s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has won the Production of the Year category at the CPHCulture Theatre Experiences of the Year Awards. Full review here. Next season Harry makes his Dutch début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera and his US début directing Orlando for San Francisco Opera.
Director Polly Graham has been announced as the Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera with immediate effect. The 33-year-old daughter of festival founders Martin and Lizzie Graham says: “As a family we are so proud of Longborough and have long talked about its future. But it is only recently that I have felt ready to
take on the challenge of leading it forward.” download the full press release here.
For the second year running a production by Polly Graham has won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards. Her staging of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera received great critical acclaim and as Zaubertrank is about to open at Lokremise, St Gallen on February with performances on February 2, 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18.
Polly Graham directs Frank Martin Zaubertrank (Le Vin Herbé) for Theater St Gallen at The Lokremise St Gallen conducted by Hermes Helfricht. The production opens on February 2 and there are further performances on February 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18. Originally conceived for Welsh National Opera, Graham’s spare but compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult legend won critical acclaim and was recently featured in The Stage ‘Best Opera and Dance of the year 2017’.
April’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé. “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.