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Needham Times 7/20/10 article, including
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25th consecutive season:

June 3, 4 & 5, 2011

World Premiere:
Picture of
Dorian Gray
by Brody/Saslow

Tales from
Der Ring
des Nibelungen

by Wagner
US Premiere!
June 4, 6 & 13
in English

Read about it in The Boston Globe West!

July & August 2010:

20th Annual
Tuesday Night 7:30pm
Concert Series
Christ Church Needham

5th Annual Longwood/NEGASS collaboration:
October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2010:

Hansel & Gretel
by Humperdinck
4th annual New Year's Needham Celebration

New Year's Eve:

Opera meets Boadway

Longwood in Spring


Tales from The Ring of the Nibelungen
June 4, 6 & 13, 2010
In English
US Premiere!

Download a poster

Download a PDF of the program,
including a plot synopsis and a fascinating essay by Music Director and Accompanist Jeffrey Brody

Read about it in The Boston Globe West

Christ Church, Needham
Fri. June 4 @7:00pm
Sun. June 6 @ 2:00pm

PACC, Arlington
Sun. June 13 @ 2:00pm

In June 2010 Longwood Opera opened its 24th consecutive season with a US Premiere of a condensed version of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. This unique production, concert style and in English, will allow us to present "tales" from all four operas in this famous cycle, in one sitting. This will be a rare opportunity and one not to be missed.

Tales from Der Ring des Nibelungen will feature Longwood Opera members:

Ben Clark: Alberich, Fasolt, Fafner, Gunther
Janice Edwards: Fricka, Sieglinde, 2nd Norn
Stephanie Mann: Woglinde, Gutrune, Forest Bird
Joanna Porackova: Brünnhilde, 3rd Norn
Alan Schneider: Siegmund, Siegfried
Rachel Selan: Wellgunde
Christopher Aaron Smith: Loge, Mime
Angeliki Theoharis: Erda, Flosshilde, 1st Norn
Thomas Weber: Wotan, Wanderer, Hunding, Hagen

Cast photos

Music Director Jeffrey Brody will accompany.

Longwood in the Summer

20th Annual Summer Concert Series

Tuesdays at 7:30 pm Christ Episcopal Church
1132 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

July 6 : An Evening of Opera August 10: An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan
July 13: Broadway Melodies August 17: An Evening of Operatic Scenes
July  20: An Evening of Opera Scenes August 24: More Broadway Melodies
July  27: Presenting Rising Stars August 31: An Evening of Opera Arias
August 3: Opera Meets Broadway August 29: NEGASS/Longwood Patience

Video from the Needham Times 7/20/10 article

Ticket prices for our 20th Annual Summer Concert Series

Summer Season Passes:
Adults - $50.00
Seniors, Students and Children 10 and under - $35.00
Season passes may be purchased by mail in advance

Single admission tickets
(available only at the door on the night of the performance):
Adults - $8
Seniors, Students and Children 10 and under - $6

Ticket information

Special FREE concert:

Fifth annual NEGASS & Longwood Opera collaboration

Sunday, August 29
from 2:00-5:00pm

An unrehearsed sing-through of a Gilbert & Sullivan opera:


Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Avenue, Needham

The audience is the chorus, so bring your score!

Music is free but dinner is pot-luck.
Please bring something to share if you'd like to stay for dinner.

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Music to Cure MS

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 3-5 pm
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington, MA

Members of the Longwood Opera roster
join other talented and generous musicians
to raise funds for

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

a non-profit organization dedicated to
curing Multiple Sclerosis
by determining its causes.

See the exciting program and a list of musicians, including Rebecca Hains, Bulent Guneralp, and other past and current Longwood favorites.

Read about why this concert is happening, and about the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.

Longwood in the Fall

Hansel & Gretel by Humperdinck

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October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2010

Stage Director - J. Scott Brumit
Music Director - Jeffrey Brody
Asst. Music Director - Wayne Ward


Brooke Larimer,
Rachel Selan
  Mother: Jaime Korkos, Jennifer Hoffmann


Erin Holmes,
Evangelia Leontis



Ron Williams


Vanessa Schukis,
Bethanny Tammaro Condon


Dew Fairy:

Sara Michale Smith

October 15 at 7:30 pm
October 16 at 1:30 pm
October 17 at 1:30 pm

Christ Episcopal Church
1132 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA

Oct 22 at 7:30 pm

Acton Congregational Church
12 Concord Road
Acton, MA

Oct 23 at 2:30 pm
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Road
Arlington, MA
Oct 24 at 2:30 pm The First Church in Salem
316 Essex Street
Salem, MA


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Longwood in Winter

New Year's Eve in Needham

7:00pm - 7:45 pm
December 31st, 2010
in the sanctuary of Christ Church in Needham

Stephanie Mann and Tom Weber
accompanied by music director Jeffrey Brody
Opera Meets Broadway

Join us for an hour of great hit tunes from both genres!


Chi il bel sogno – La Rondine – Puccini (Stephanie)

Wunderbar – Kiss Me Kate – Porter (Stephanie and Tom)

When the Night Wind Howls – Ruddigore – Gilbert & Sullivan (Tom)

The Sun Whose Rays – The Mikado – Gilbert & Sullivan (Stephanie)

Csardas – Die Fledermaus - Strauss (Stephanie)

Pura siccome un angelo... – La Traviata – Verdi (Stephanie and Tom)
The Desert Song – The Desert Song – Romberg (Stephanie and Tom) Rosabella – The Most Happy Fella – Loesser (Tom)

Toreador Song – Carmen – Bizet (Tom)

My Heart is So Full of You – The Most Happy Fella – Loesser (Stephanie and Tom)

This is Longwood Opera's contribution to the 4rd annual
New Year's Needham Celebration

Longwood in Spring

Start of the 25th consecutive season:

June 3, 4 & 5, 2011

World Premiere:
Picture of
Dorian Gray
by Brody/Saslow

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased at the door for all performances.

General Admission:






Children 10 and under:


Tickets may be purchased in advance by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment for the tickets or passes desired to:

Longwood Opera
42 Hawthorn Avenue
Needham, MA 02492-3806

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2010 annual auditions:

Longwood Opera will have attended the April 10 & 24 Boston Singers Resource auditions.
If you sang then, there is no need to re-audition for us. We will contact you if we want to hear you again.

Longwood Opera will hold annual auditions for local, Boston based singers only on:
Sunday May 16 (1-6pm) and Monday May 17 (6-9pm). We will not be able to schedule other days or times.

Singers are heard by appointment only.
The deadline for an audition request is May 10.

Please MAIL resume and photo and cover letter
All e-mail requests with attachments will be deleted.

Please call (781) 455-0960 for further details.

Longwood Opera exists to showcase talent nurtured in New England, in conservatories and privately. We do not consider resumes or applications from singers based outside this area.

Longwood Opera
42 Hawthorn Avenue
Needham, Massachusetts 02492-3806

For more information call (781) 455-0960 or send e-mail to

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