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Feast of opera and more at this year's Buxton Festival

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

  • Gloria.

  • Lesley Garrett

  • Otello

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Buxton Festival 2014 is set to offer a feast of opera this summer.

The programme for this year's Buxton Festival will feature an array of opera, music and literature, as well as some unexpected surprises. The award winning festival will take place from July 11 until July 27.

This year's festival will open on Friday, July 11 with a glittering Opera Gala concert of operatic highlights starring internationally renowned soprano Susan Bullock and tenor Richard Berkeley-Steele.

The Festival's opera productions continue its tradition of reviving overlooked masterpieces.

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Dvorák's The Jacobin 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 is 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.

Two of the country's most glamorous and versatile performers appear together for the first time in a programme for Soprano voice and it's instrumental counterpart the clarinet on Monday, July 14. Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson will be accompanied on piano by Andrew West in the Opera House for yet another superb evening during the Festival.

For further details visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.

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