Monday 21 February 2022

Buxton International Festival 2022 - Rossini's La donna del lago, Hasse's Antonio e Cleopatra

Buxton International Festival - 2022
This year's Buxton International Festival runs from 7 to 24 July 2022, and artistic director Adrian Kelly's programme features five operas and a musical including three new productions, along with a wide array of concerts and other events. 

The festival's new productions are Rossini's La donna del lago and Hasse's Antonio e Cleopatra, and the musical Gypsy, and there is also the premiere of a new oratorio.

Rossini's La donna del lago, based on Sir Walter Scott's poem The Lady of the Lake, is directed by Jacopo Spirei and conducted by Adrian Kelly with Máire Flavin as Elena, Nico Darmanin as Uberto, John Irvin as Rodrigo and Catherine Carby as Malcolm. Evangeline Cullingworth directs Hasse's Antonio e Cleopatra the Pavilion Arts Centre with Buxton Baroque Ensemble, music director Satoko Doi-Luck, with Ellie Neate and Thalie Knights in the title roles. The final festival production is Jules Styne's Gypsy, directed by Paul Kerryson,

Visiting productions include Salzburg State Theatre's production of Donizetti's Viva la Diva, directed by Stephen Medcalf, with George Humphreys as Agatha and Jenny Stafford as Prima Donna, Waterperry Opera's production of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, directed by Rebecca Meltzer with Sian Griffiths, Milo Harries, Ellie Neate and Sarah Champion, and Tom Coult's new opera Violet which is a co-production by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts, presented in association with the London Sinfonietta, directed by Jude Christian, conducted by Andrew Gourlay with Anna Dennis, Richard Burkhard, Frances Gregory and Andrew Mackenzie Wicks.

Kate Whitley's oratorio, Our Future In Your Hands, is a festival commission; setting a libretto by Laura Attridge, the work examines concerns about climate change, with a community cast featuring choirs drawn from local schools, and orchestral musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, led by mentors from the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

The Brodsky Quartet and the Manchester Camerata both celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year and the two ensembles will be giving a celebratory concerts including a joint one with saxophonist Jess Gillam. Other performers include the English Concert with soprano Anna Dennis and Joanna MacGregor, Chetham’s School of Music, this year’s Royal Overseas League competition winner, violinist Eleanor Corr, Gould Piano Trio, the Solem Quartet, the Chroma Harp Duo, the Delphine Trio and the Solus Trumpet Ensemble. Iestyn Davies and Christopher Maltman both give song recitals and Fretwork makes its festival debut, 

There is also a new jazz programme, books, walks, talks and other events. Full details from the festival website,

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