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30 March 2017

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Tamerlano

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Cummings plays all the emotional turmoil of Tamerlano as a delicate question of manners and etiquette
4 Aug 16 / Opera Journal
A rare opportunity to hear Handel’s Tamerlano at Buxton
14 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
The challenges of Handel’s great tragedy
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Games of Thrones
13 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 6

The set, costume design and direction all go some way to establishing the necessary tone for the artificiality of the narrative
4 Aug 16 / Opera Journal
A well sung Bellini gets an unwelcome, if dramatic, update
14 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
The simple setting provided a fine background for the singers
13 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
An assured staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Knives out in Verona: a fine I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Buxton Festival
12 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Classic yet modern
11 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Leonore

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 8

The singing was overall excellent
4 Aug 16 / Opera Journal
Fidelio reverts to its original form at Buxton Festival
15 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
An unfamiliar but compelling version of Leonore
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
A fine start to the Buxton Festival
13 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
“Beethoven's what?” Leonore at Buxton Festival
12 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Buxton Festival at its best
11 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Not just Fidelio-lite - the real Leonore at the Buxton Festival
11 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
A refreshing change to see the original version
10 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Der Goldene Drache

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 3

À cette première d’importance le public fait un accueil favorable
1 Aug 16 / Anaclase
The Golden Dragon is a witty Brechtian fable with a brilliant score
20 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Taut, twisted tale of troubled lives
20 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Lucia di Lammermoor

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Stephen Barlow conducts with urgency and fluency,
25 Jul 15 / Manchester Evening News
Lucia di Lammermoor amongst the Mafiosi
20 Jul 15 / Planet Hugill
Gradually going flat
16 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Lucia di Lammermoor is not an essential night at the opera
16 Jul 15 / The Spectator
Wonderful singing in a passionate work of art
15 Jul 15 / Buxton Advertiser
What really made the evening was the dramatic singing and theatrical portrayal of Lucia by Elin Pritchard
15 Jul 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Buxton production does its marital duty
15 Jul 15 / The Guardian
Louise

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 3

Buxton Festival presents an operatic rarity: Charpentier’s Louise
20 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Tantalising and frustrating
18 Jul 15 / Telegraph
Terrific Louise from Madeleine Pierard in Gustave Charpentier's opera at the Buxton Festival
18 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Giovanna d'Arco

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Verdi's fascinating yet flawed and rarely performed Joan of Arc opera
20 Jul 15 / Planet Hugill
A thrilling Verdi rarity
16 Jul 15 / The Spectator
Bravo Buxton
15 Jul 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Dark and heavenly visions
15 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
The whole production was of a high standard
15 Jul 15 / Matlock Mercury
Buxton do a creditable job with one of Verdi’s less inspired early creations
15 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Flawed Verdi rarity a missable choice for festival
13 Jul 15 / The Guardian
Gloria - A Pig Tale

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Like one of the unfunny bits on Monty Python, weird does not necessarily make wonderful
27 Jul 14 / Gloucestershire Echo
This pig of an opera should have been sent to the slaughterhouse years ago
26 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
Otello

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Rare Rossini gets a good outing at Buxton
21 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
Rare outing for one of Rossini's major serious operas
21 Jul 14 / Planet Hugill
Orfeo ed Euridice

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Intense, modern version of Gluck's 1762 Italian opera
21 Jul 14 / Planet Hugill
Much of the work’s emotional content comes from the pit
20 Jul 14 / Gloucestershire Echo
Stephen Medcalf’s staging underlines the simplicity of Gluck’s musico-dramatic schema
19 Jul 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
A great classical story gets an update at Buxton Festival
17 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
A lovely rendering of Gluck’s music under the baton of Stuart Stratford
16 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Michael Chance's Orfeo is patchy, but Barbara Bargnesi's wounded Euridice is entrancingly sung
15 Jul 14 / The Guardian
Love reigns in Buxton's Orfeo ed Euridice, but at what cost?
14 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
The Jakobin

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Sparkling revival of Dvorak's village opera, reset in the Fascist era
21 Jul 14 / Planet Hugill
Dvorák’s rarely heard Jacobin is ideal festival fare for Buxton
18 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
A loving performance
17 Jul 14 / Telegraph
Dvořák’s unceasing generosity of melody elevates this rarely performed opera
17 Jul 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
This musical gem performed with such a fine cast is well worth the trip to Buxton
16 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Rare and delightful revival of Dvořák's comedy
14 Jul 14 / The Guardian
Dvořák’s Jacobin returns from musical exile to delight Buxton
14 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
Luci mie traditrici

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Though it might not be to all tastes, its appearance is somewhat overdue
18 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Salvatore Sciarrino
His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week's Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks about how, and why, he composes.
La Princesse Jaune

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Could the yellow princess really be a prince of another complexion altogether?
15 Jul 13 / The Observer
What possessed anyone to think that two such insipid pieces merited revival
11 Jul 13 / Telegraph
A double bill of French fripperies
9 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Opera comique double bill at Buxton
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
Paired rarities from Saint-Saëns and Gounod resurface in Derbyshire with an early Mozart
9 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
La Colombe

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

The highlight is an aria about cooking
15 Jul 13 / The Observer
What possessed anyone to think that two such insipid pieces merited revival?
11 Jul 13 / Telegraph
Paired rarities from Saint-Saëns and Gounod resurface in Derbyshire with an early Mozart
9 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
A double bill of French fripperies
9 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Opera comique double bill at Buxton
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
La finta giardiniera

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 3

Harry Fehr's Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece
10 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Mozart’s pretend gardener becomes a soap opera
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
Paired rarities from Saint-Saëns and Gounod resurface in Derbyshire with an early Mozart
9 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
L'Olimpiade

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Obscure operas, Festival darlings
18 Jul 12 / New York Times
Kashchei the Immortal

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Obscure operas, Festival darlings
18 Jul 12 / New York Times
Buxton unearths some operatic rarities
15 Jul 12 / Independent on Sunday
Buxton punching above its weight with long-forgotten operatic curios
12 Jul 12 / Telegraph
Buxton Festival enters the Stephen Barlow era
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
Both operas prove significant rediscoveries
11 Jul 12 / The Stage
Exhumed short operas by Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov are daringly linked
11 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
Buxton's double bill brings together two rarities
11 Jul 12 / The Guardian
Jephtha

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Obscure operas, Festival darlings
18 Jul 12 / New York Times
Buxton Festival enters the Stephen Barlow era
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
A puzzlingly obscure piece of theatre
10 Jul 12 / The Stage
Handel's affecting final oratorio could use some costumes and production
10 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
Intermezzo

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 7

Obscure operas, Festival darlings
18 Jul 12 / New York Times
Intermezzo is the hit of this delightfully unpretentious opera festival
13 Jul 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Janis Kelly is outstanding as Christine
12 Jul 12 / Telegraph
Buxton Festival enters the Stephen Barlow era
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
Buxton regulars will not be disappointed
10 Jul 12 / The Stage
Janis Kelly really gets to the heart of the vulnerability beneath Christine's tantrums
10 Jul 12 / The Guardian
Richard Strauss's comedy-with-feeling kicks off the 34th festival in fine style
9 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
The Turn of the Screw

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Northern Ireland Opera revisit and revivify Britten's claustrophobic Henry James adaptation
17 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
The Marriage of Figaro

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Non-Mozart version sounds better than it looks in this first revival since 1799
16 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
The Maiden in the Tower

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Buxton unearths some operatic rarities
15 Jul 12 / Independent on Sunday
Buxton Festival enters the Stephen Barlow era
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
The Maiden in the Tower was effectively staged as a disturbing, post-Freudian nursery game
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
Both operas prove significant rediscoveries
11 Jul 12 / The Stage
Exhumed short operas by Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov are daringly linked
11 Jul 12 / The Arts Desk
Buxton's double bill brings together two rarities
11 Jul 12 / The Guardian
Mignon

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 6

The absurdity of the plot supplies an explanation for the neglect
15 Jul 11 / Oxford Times Online
Breaking new ground with three distinctive home grown productions
15 Jul 11 / Seen and Heard
Mignon contains some charming and shapely music
15 Jul 11 / Telegraph
Wendy Dawn Thompson gave the performance of her life as Mignon
13 Jul 11 / Financial Times (via Google)
Beautifully integrated music theatre that immerses you completely in its world
13 Jul 11 / The Guardian
Andrew Greenwood delivers the score with immense charm
13 Jul 11 / The Stage
Saul

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Breaking new ground with three distinctive home grown productions
15 Jul 11 / Seen and Heard
A highly satisfying Saul
15 Jul 11 / Oxford Times Online
Handel’s masterly oratorio Saul emerged more cogently in Olivia Fuchs’ inventive but ungimmicky staging
15 Jul 11 / Telegraph
Overall it’s a tepid show, only intermittently involving
12 Jul 11 / The Stage
This sounded like an undercast production
12 Jul 11 / Financial Times (via Google)
Maria di Rohan

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Maria di Rohan supplies an impressive vehicle for the superb voice of Mary Plazas
15 Jul 11 / Oxford Times Online
The third act is a corker
15 Jul 11 / Telegraph
Breaking new ground with three distinctive home grown productions
15 Jul 11 / Seen and Heard
The evening wins its spurs through high-quality singing
12 Jul 11 / The Stage
Mary Plazas commands the style for the title role but the voice lacked its usual lustre
12 Jul 11 / Financial Times (via Google)
Gripping stuff despite its flaws
11 Jul 11 / The Guardian
Der Barbier von Bagdad

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Buxton bids fair to become the English Wexford
14 Jul 10 / Financial Times (via Google)
The action in this production proceeds at the dramatic pace of a tortoise
13 Jul 10 / Telegraph
Both Cornelius and the audience seem short-changed by this feeble, underwhelming show
12 Jul 10 / Independent
The real problems are musical
10 Jul 10 / The Guardian
The principals fail to realise the potential of their roles
10 Jul 10 / The Stage
Luisa Miller

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

This year’s opening production of Verdi’s early tragedy hits home with unusual power
13 Jul 10 / The Stage
Terrific stuff, another feather in Buxton's well-plumed cap
13 Jul 10 / Telegraph
It’s too obviously low-budget to set the imagination racing
12 Jul 10 / Financial Times (via Google)
Passions run high with a vocally muscular Rodolfo in John Bellemer
9 Jul 10 / Independent
Andrew Greenwood's high-voltage conducting keeps you on the edge of your seat
9 Jul 10 / The Guardian
The Lighthouse

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Opera delieverd the verve expected
22 Jul 09 / The Times
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31 Jan 2017 / Opera Now
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For the 2015, the Buxton Festival is returning to its roots.
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Ex-finance manager of Buxton Opera House, Paul Leighton, has been charged with stealing nearly £250,000 to fund a lavish lifestyle, including a season ticket for Manchester Utd, luxury cars and holidays.
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Night at the Opera for Charles and Camilla
The Prince of Wales gave his support to one of Britain’s most historic theatres, the Buxton Opera House, as part of a drive to restore it to its former glory.
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