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22 September 2017

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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

Nul ne saurait accuser le Buxton Festival de s’en tenir à une programmation confortable!
27 Jul 17 / Anaclase
Stephen Gadd and Kate Ladner both gave convincing performances as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
27 Jul 17 / Opera Journal
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
An exceptional central performance
11 Jul 17 / The Stage
Clamourous harbingers of blood and death
11 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
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
Games of Thrones
13 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
The challenges of Handel’s great tragedy
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
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
A fine start to the Buxton Festival
13 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
An unfamiliar but compelling version of Leonore
13 Jul 16 / The Guardian
“Beethoven's what?” Leonore at Buxton Festival
12 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Not just Fidelio-lite - the real Leonore at the Buxton Festival
11 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Buxton Festival at its best
11 Jul 16 / Telegraph
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
Lucia di Lammermoor is not an essential night at the opera
16 Jul 15 / The Spectator
Gradually going flat
16 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
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
Wonderful singing in a passionate work of art
15 Jul 15 / Buxton Advertiser
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
Buxton do a creditable job with one of Verdi’s less inspired early creations
15 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
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
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
Dvořák’s unceasing generosity of melody elevates this rarely performed opera
17 Jul 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
A loving performance
17 Jul 14 / Telegraph
This musical gem performed with such a fine cast is well worth the trip to Buxton
16 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Dvořák’s Jacobin returns from musical exile to delight Buxton
14 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
Rare and delightful revival of Dvořák's comedy
14 Jul 14 / The Guardian
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
A double bill of French fripperies
9 Jul 13 / The Guardian
Opera comique double bill at Buxton
9 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
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
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 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
Buxton Festival enters the Stephen Barlow era
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
Buxton punching above its weight with long-forgotten operatic curios
12 Jul 12 / Telegraph
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
Both operas prove significant rediscoveries
11 Jul 12 / The Stage
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
The Maiden in the Tower was effectively staged as a disturbing, post-Freudian nursery game
12 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
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
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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
Buxton Festival 2015
For the 2015, the Buxton Festival is returning to its roots.
22 Sep 2014 / Planet Hugill
Ex-finance manager, Paul Leighton, defrauds Buxton Opera House
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.
11 Jul 2014 / Broadway World
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.
16 Jul 2013 / The Guardian
In praise of ... the Buxton festival
Every July, audiences gather outside Buxton's miniature opera house for Britain's least pretentious annual opera festival.
21 Jul 2010 / The Guardian