Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Harry Sever has been appointed as Longborough Festival Opera's inaugural Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow

Harry Sever
Harry Sever

Up-and-coming conductor (and composer) Harry Sever has been appointed as Longborough Festival Opera's inaugural Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow. Sever will be working alongside conductor Anthony Negus (Longborough's music director and conductor of its forthcoming Ring) for the next three seasons as they build towards the Ring Cycle in 2024. 

Longborough will be performing its new production of Siegfried in June 2022, with Anthony Negus conducting, and for his first performance in the post, Harry will conduct Siegfried at Longborough on Friday 3 June 2022. 

Conducting the Ring is hardly something that can be eased into, and as Sever commented, "Opportunities to work on a Ring cycle are few and far between, so this really is a dream come true for me!” So the opportunity seems ideal.

For the audition process for the post, eight emerging conductors worked with Anthony Negus on the first scene of Siegfried. An expert and experienced panel observed the process, including Anthony, Polly Graham (Longborough Artistic Director), Isabel Murphy (Longborough Artistic Advisor for the Ring) and Brenda Hurley (Royal Academy of Music’s Head of Opera, and previously Director of the International Opera Studio in Zürich).

Full details of the 2022 season from the Longborough Festival Opera website.

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