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18 September 2020

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Lucio Papirio Dittatore

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 5

What matters is that Caldera's music makes it work
25 Jul 19 / Opera Journal
An elegant presentation makes a strong case for Caldara’s neglected work
21 Jul 19 / OperaWire
This production makes a compelling case for this virtually unknown opera
16 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Three centuries after its first, and last, outing, an epic baroque opera fizzes into life in Buxton
15 Jul 19 / The Observer
Heroic rare outing for fiery Caldara opera
11 Jul 19 / The Guardian
Georgiana

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 4

The music has a wonderful musical and dramatic consistency
25 Jul 19 / Opera Journal
A 21st libretto with 18th century music is a winning combination
16 Jul 19 / OperaWire
Scandalous duchess gets brilliant opera treatment at Buxton Festival
12 Jul 19 / The Oxford Times
Celebratory pasticcio
10 Jul 19 / The Stage
Eugene Onegin

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 3

Eugene Onegin at Buxton Opera House shines on all fronts
10 Jul 19 / Derbyshire Times
Musically impassioned
9 Jul 19 / The Stage
Buxton Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
9 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Alzira

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Le très louable Buxton Festival continue son exploration des raretés oubliées par le répertoire
5 Aug 18 / Anaclase
It's a very pleasant surprise then to discover that Alzira's poor reputation really isn't merited
26 Jul 18 / Opera Journal
Revival of a Verdi rarity that commands respect
18 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Verdians will want to seize the opportunity to see this rarity
15 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Buxton’s brave effort to stage British premiere of Verdi’s 1846 Alzira
13 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Stephen Barlow gave this rumbustious Verdian drama full throttle
11 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Buxton make a strong case for Verdi's unloved early opera
11 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Verdi’s creation Alzira is an opera worth hearing
9 Jul 18 / Derbyshire Times
Rip-roaring rarity
9 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
Revolutionary jungle fever
9 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Idomeneo

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 8

The singing is good all around, but little of it seems to express any real personality
26 Jul 18 / Opera Journal
Buxton’s singers take up the challenge of the C=considerable demands of Idomeneo
14 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Mozart's classical opera in a ponderous production in Buxton's bijou opera house
14 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
This sensible production by Stephen Medcalf gives clarity to the story
11 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Monsters of the mind
11 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
An uneven staging
10 Jul 18 / The Stage
Mozart's Greek tragedy walks a psychological tightrope - and occasionally slips
9 Jul 18 / The Arts Desk
An Idomeneo driven by his own demons in this striking new production
9 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
A great big present
Stephen Medcalf on returning to Buxton to direct his favourite piece, Idomeneo.
Lucio Silla

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Fortunately the fine singing made up for the lack of imagination in the direction and set design
3 Aug 17 / Opera Journal
Despite a stark production, quality singing contributes to Buxton’s successful Lucio Silla
13 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
In true eighteenth century operatic fashion this presents a conflict between power and love
12 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
For teenage kicks
11 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Albert Herring

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 8

There was much to enjoy in this fabulously entertaining production of Britten's comic masterpiece
27 Jul 17 / Opera Journal
Buxton célèbre Britten
26 Jul 17 / ConcertoNet (French)
An orgiastic romp rich in character and fun at Buxton
16 Jul 17 / Telegraph
An irresitible Albert Herring
14 Jul 17 / The Guardian
Fresh peaches of temptation: Britten's Albert Herring at Buxton
13 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
The whole cast did a terrific job
12 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Buxton’s Albert Herring brings out the humour and softens Britten’s harsh chords
12 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Class and character bring out the comedy in this beautifully observed production
10 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Macbeth

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Stephen Gadd and Kate Ladner both gave convincing performances as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
27 Jul 17 / Opera Journal
Nul ne saurait accuser le Buxton Festival de s’en tenir à une programmation confortable!
27 Jul 17 / Anaclase
Verdi s’impose dans la campagne anglaise
25 Jul 17 / ConcertoNet (French)
Raw, rough, and virile, unsubtle in colouring and emotion but ablaze with hotheaded energy
14 Jul 17 / Telegraph
Elijah Moshinsy offers a minimal, darkly-lit, and very effective staging
12 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A dark and sparse Buxton Macbeth redeemed by outstanding singing
12 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Clamourous harbingers of blood and death
11 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
An exceptional central performance
11 Jul 17 / The Stage
Verdi's original version of Macbeth in a rare staging which brings out the subtlety and complexity of the work
10 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Y Tŵr

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 1

Un nouvel opus d’un compositeur à suivre
26 Jul 17 / Anaclase
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
An assured staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
The simple setting provided a fine background for the singers
13 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
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
Taut, twisted tale of troubled lives
20 Jul 16 / The Guardian
The Golden Dragon is a witty Brechtian fable with a brilliant score
20 Jul 16 / Telegraph
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
Buxton production does its marital duty
15 Jul 15 / The Guardian
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
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
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
Dark and heavenly visions
15 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Bravo Buxton
15 Jul 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
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
Paired rarities from Saint-Saëns and Gounod resurface in Derbyshire with an early Mozart
9 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
Opera comique double bill at Buxton
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
A double bill of French fripperies
9 Jul 13 / The Guardian
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
Opera comique double bill at Buxton
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
A double bill of French fripperies
9 Jul 13 / The Guardian
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
Paired rarities from Saint-Saëns and Gounod resurface in Derbyshire with an early Mozart
9 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
Mozart’s pretend gardener becomes a soap opera
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
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
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Buxton International Opera wins UK Theatre Award
Buxton International Opera was awarded the Achievement Award in Opera at the annual UK Theatre Awards, held at London’s Guildhall on Sunday 27 October 2019.
30 Oct 2019 / Classical Music Magazine
Buxton International Festival announces 2020 opera repertoire
Next year’s festival will take place from 3 – 22 July 2020 and will feature five opera productions.
3 Jul 2019 / Opera Now
A great big present
Stephen Medcalf on returning to Buxton to direct his favourite piece, Idomeneo.
2 Jul 2018 / Planet Hugill
Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down
Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure.
7 Apr 2018 / Opera Now
Buxton International Festival announces 2017 programme
The festival’s opera series comprises new productions of Verdi’s Macbeth, Britten’s Albert Herring, Mozart’s Lucio Silla, and Guto Puw’s Y Twr.
31 Jan 2017 / Opera Now