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Albert Herring

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 6

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: 6

Raw, rough, and virile, unsubtle in colouring and emotion but ablaze with hotheaded energy
14 Jul 17 / Telegraph
A dark and sparse Buxton Macbeth redeemed by outstanding singing
12 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Elijah Moshinsy offers a minimal, darkly-lit, and very effective staging
12 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
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
Lucio Silla

Buxton Festival


No. of reviews: 3

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
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
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
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
Lucia di Lammermoor is not an essential night at the opera
16 Jul 15 / The Spectator
Gradually going flat
16 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
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
Terrific Louise from Madeleine Pierard in Gustave Charpentier's opera at the Buxton Festival
18 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Tantalising and frustrating
18 Jul 15 / Telegraph
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
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
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
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
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
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Verdi
7 to 21 Jul 2017
Britten
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Mozart
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News & Articles

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
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.
31 Jan 2005 / The Scotsman