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Performer: Buxton Festival Opera

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Buxton Festival celebrates 40th anniversary with Eugene Onegin

George Humphreys (Onegin) and Shelley Jackson (Tatyana) © Genevieve Girling
Every July, Buxton’s charming opera house hosts an international festival of opera, literature and the arts. This year the festival opened with a strong familiar favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
****1
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For teenage kicks: Mozart's Lucio Silla at Buxton International Festival

The cast of Lucio Silla © Robert Workman
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

Bradley Smith (Albert) © Robert Workman
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

Jung Soo Yun (Macduff) and the company © Robert Workman
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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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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