The programme for this year’s Buxton Festival has been announced, with a great line-up of opera, music and literature, as well as some unexpected surprises. The nationally renowned and award winning Festival will take from 11 to 27.
The Festival‘s opera productions this year continue its tradition of reviving overlooked masterpieces. Dvořák’s The Jacobin creates creates a romantic village atmosphere, with sentimental action and open-hearted lyricism; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice is considered a milestone both in Gluck’s work and in the history of opera; and Rossini’s Otello is especially notable for its original and highly sympathetic portrayal of the character of Desdemona and its superb third act. There’s also the Mahogany Opera Group’s production of HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale (a ‘cabaret opera’ performed by five ‘human sausages’ and a big band, mixing jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner) and the opening night Opera Gala, sponsored by Mercedes, starring Susan Bullock and Richard Berkeley-Steele.
In the Music series, there’s a packed programme of concerts by renowned ensembles (The Lawson Trio, Innovation Chamber Ensemble, 4 Girls 4 Harps, Endellion String Quartet, Schubert Ensemble, La Serenissima, Hallé Soloists, Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, The Fibonacci Sequence, Psappha), instrumental soloists (pianists Yuanfan Yang and Sofya Gulyak, cellist Jessie Ann Richardson, accordionist Djordje Gajik), and singers (mezzo Rosalind Plowright, baritone Roderick Williams). There’s also late-night cabaret from great names in jazz including pianist Joe Stilgoe, soul singer Natalie Williams, saxophonist Alex Garnett and vocalist/trumpeter Georgina Jackson.
Buxton Festival’s literary series continues to go from strength to strength with famous names and acclaimed authors including Jung Chang, Kate Adie, Peter Snow, Shirley Williams, John Julius Norwich, Jonathan Aitken, Robin Hanbury Tenison, Paddy Ashdown, Antonia Fraser, Claudia Roden, Vicky Pryce, Gyles Brandreth, Simon Jenkins, Alan Johnson, Emma Bridgewater, Max Hastings and Kirsty Wark. This year also sees the launch of Sunday evening ‘Evenings with’ celebrated figures including Jeffrey Archer and Ranulph Fiennes.
This year’s Festival also includes free weekend events open to all ages, including storytelling in the Magical Storytelling Yurt. Also, for anyone looking for a free taster of the Festival’s operas, there’s A Song at Six, each day in the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand.
For further details and to view the new 90 second Festival video please visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call 01298 70395.
Notes to Editors:
Buxton Festival 2014 will take place between 11 – 27 July.This unique festival produces its own fully-staged professional operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, the Festival is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk for more information or telephone 01298 70395.
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