Polly Graham stages Return of Ulysses at Longborough

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.

Polly Graham’s Orlando production live stream from Vienna

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/

Magical Monteverdi animation

The cast and creatives of Longborough Festival Opera’s postponed The Return of Ulysses, including director Polly Graham, conductor Robert Howarth and tenor Andrew Irwin have all contributed to this touching and magical animation. Enjoy.

Polly Graham Vienna State Opera debut

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly 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.

Polly Graham directs Robin Hood with Nicholas Merryweather in the title role

Robin HoodDirector 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.

Polly Graham directs community Dido in South London

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Dido & Aeneas with Blackheath Halls Community Opera.  The performances are at The Albany, Deptford, London on July 16 at 7:30, 17  – 7:30, 18 –  6:30 & 8:30 and July 20 at 6:30 & 8:30. Lee Reynolds conducts, April Dalton provides set and costume designs and the cast includes Idunnu Münch, Marcus Farnsworth, William Towers and Alison Rose.

Polly Graham takes over at Longborough

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector 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.