Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Buxton, United Kingdom

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BuxtonDardanusNew Production

Rameau: Dardanus
Jonathan Williams; Douglas Rintoul; English Touring Opera; Cordelia Chisholm; Galina Averina; Anthony Gregory; Timothy Nelson

BuxtonGiulio Cesare: Cleopatra's NeedleNew Production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Jonathan Peter Kenny; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Cordelia Chisholm; Christopher Ainslie; Soraya Mafi

BuxtonGiulio Cesare: The Death of PompeyNew Production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Jonathan Peter Kenny; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Cordelia Chisholm; Christopher Ainslie; Soraya Mafi

BuxtonTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Russian State Opera

BuxtonMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
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For teenage kicks: Mozart's Lucio Silla at Buxton International Festival

The fashion for reviving Mozart's teenage operas brings a vocally dazzling production of Lucio Silla to Buxton, nevertheless hampered by the work's own lack of believable drama and some fairly flat staging. 
***11
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Fresh peaches of temptation

A period-perfect Albert Herring from Francis Matthews for Buxton International Festival takes time to settle into its stride, but provides plenty of laughs along the way. 
****1
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Verdi's Macbeth at Buxton International Festival

A searing, edge-of-your-seat spinetingler from Elijah Moshinsky makes the strongest possible case for Verdi's first Macbeth, ideally suited to the proportions of Buxton's beautiful Opera House.
*****
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The Yeomen of the Guard strongly sung

This Yeomen of the Guard was one of the best sung G&S performances I have heard. The traditional but inventive production will appeal to novices and enthusiasts alike.
****1
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Games of Thrones: Handel's Tamerlano

Handel's psychotic Tartar leader and bedhopping nobles are well served in an excellent collaboration between the Buxton Festival and the English Concert with some outstanding singing from Marie Lys and Owen Willetts.
****1
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Knives out in Verona: Capuleti at Buxton Festival

Stephanie Marshall's Romeo and Sarah-Jane Brandon's Giulietta make this production of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet utterly compelling.
****1
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