The sound is fabulous. from those E–flats welling up in the overture, everything that eddied from the enlarged Longborough orchestra pit had might and bite and urgent momentum, thanks chiefly to Anthony Negus, a Reginald Goodall acolyte and now a world–class Wagnerian conductor.
Roderic Dunnett – The Independent
The Musical side has been as lovingly assembled as the staging. Anthony Negus’s conducting is assured and often inspired.
Richard Morrison – The Times
Its greatest asset is the conductor Anthony Negus, a former colleague of the legendary Reginald Goodall. Negus knows this music inside out…and gives a sturdy and purposeful reading.
Rupert Christiansen – Telegraph
The key to the success was the conducting of Anthony Negus, a former assistant to Reginald Goodall and therefore totally immersed in the score. He let it unfold like a great arch, not a series of episodes, and the orchestra played their hearts out for him.
Michael Kennedy – Opera
Under Anthony Negus the orchestra sounds tremendous, far more elemental than the orchestra at Covent Garden with its unmeritable, lightweight sound. Indeed Das Rheingold at Longborough is better in almost every way, and Negus puts us in his debt for giving us the sweep and grandeur we hope for in Wagner….Anthony Negus also gave us much fine tonal shading. Some of Wotan’s first words in Nibelheim are accompanied by divisi cellos, and Negus supported him beautifully, underlining the rich warmth of the cello sonority and the genial calm of Wotan.
Paul Dawson-Bowling – Wagner News