The programme for this year’s Buxton Festival has been announced. Running 5-21 July, this season’s line-up includes a programme of opera, music, literature, family and free events.
The festival’s opera productions will be a double bill of two French romances, Saint-Saens’ La Princesse Jaune and Gounod’s La Colombe (5, 8, 11, 14, 20 July) and La finta giardiniera (6, 9, 12, 18, 21 July) the story of a couple reunited a year after apparent death, written by Mozart at the age of 17.
Visiting opera performances include Grange Park Opera with Fortunio (17, 19 July), Music Theatre Wales with the UK premiere of Sciarrino’s The Killing Flower (16 July) and La Serenissima with Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa (10, 13 July). There will also be the opportunity to experience all three of Benjamin Britten’s Church Parables at St John’s Church (14, 15 July) and an opera gala concert with performances by Claire Rutter and Stephen Gadd (7 July).
Highlights of the festival’s music series include performances by piano duo Worbey & Farrell (6 July), the Prince of Wales’ official harpist Claire Jones (7 July), and the Sacconi Quartet (8 July).
Literary speakers coming to the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre this summer include novelists AN Wilson (6 July) and Jane Gardam (19 July), and Olympic Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick, who is scheduled to appear in conversation with Joanna Lumley on 7 July. Heatherwick recently denied as ‘nonsense’ claims that the cauldron’s design was copied from plans submitted to LOCOG by US firm Atopia.
Randall Shannon, the festival’s executive director, said ‘this is an exciting time for the renowned opera, music and literary events. We look forward to welcoming audiences to the festival whether this is their 35th or first festival’.
For more details, visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call the Festival Office on 01298 70395