Two of the country’s most sought-after singers, celebrated soprano Claire Rutter and acclaimed baritone Stephen Gadd are performing in the Opera Gala on Sunday 7th July during Buxton Festival. The Gala which will be attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, will feature orchestral music, arias and scenes from the much loved operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Rossini. The internationally renowned singers are joined by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Barlow.
One of the UK’s leading sopranos, Claire received outstanding reviews for her performance in English National Opera’s new production of Lucrezia Borgia, and for ENO she has also sung Donna Anna Don Giovanni, the title roles in Tosca and Aida, Amelia Un ballo in maschera, Elvira Ernani, Gilda Rigoletto and Violetta La traviata.
English baritone Stephen Gadd’s roles have included Escamillo Carmen for Welsh National Opera; Balstrode Peter Grimes for the Opéras de Montpellier; Valentin Faust for the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg; the title role in Don Giovanni for Opéra de Metz and Opéra de Rennes; Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro for the Salzburg Festival tour to Japan. Last year he played the role of Storch in Intermezzo at the Buxton Festival.
Tickets for this scintillating evening are available from the Opera house Box Office, tel: 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk.
The Festival also features a Double Bill of two sparkling French romances, Saint-Saens’ La Princesse Jaune and Gounod’s La Colombe and La finta giardiniera, the story of a couple reunited a year after apparent death, written by Mozart at the age of 17. There are also a number of visiting opera performances – the acclaimed Grange Park Opera with Fortunio, Music Theatre Wales with the UK premiere of Sciarrino’s modern classic The Killing Flower, and La Serenissima with Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa.
Randall Shannon the Festival’s executive Director commented’ this is an exciting time for the renowned opera, music and literary event. We look forward to welcoming audiences to the festival whether this is their 35th or first festival’.