Festival is back - bigger than ever

Tasmin Little
Tasmin Little

The 2011 Buxton Festival is set for July 9-27 and promises something for everyone: six rarely performed operas, two chamber operas, one community opera, 45 eclectic concerts and a star-studded literary series.

Buxton Festival’s chief executive Glyn Foley is satisfied with the array of goodies that will be presented to the public this summer at the world-renowned festival.

He said: “We’re delighted to be able to mount such an ambitious series of top quality arts events this July.

“Expanding to three Festival productions underlines our ambition, even in these tough times, and Buxton Opera House is the perfect intimate venue to experience all the emotions that opera can explore.”

This year’s Festival productions are fully staged and include Maria di Rohan, Donizetti’s tragic melodrama showing the composer at the height of his powers; Mignon, Thomas’s opera-comique based on Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister; and, Saul, Handel’s classic oratorio, now set amidst the victory celebrations following the Second World War.

Visiting opera companies include Bampton Classical Opera, bringing Cimarosa’s sparkling comedy The Italian Girl in London; Music Theatre Wales with Turnage’s Greek, a modern version of the darkly dramatic Oedipus myth and the Armonico Consort with Monteverdi’s Flying Circus, weaving together some of the composer’s greatest music with a spectacular combination of comedy, circus and dance.

This year’s music series features stars Tasmin Little and Kathryn Stott, chamber groups from St Petersburg and New Zealand, as well as an extensive world music programme spanning four continents.

The hugely popular literary series features favourites such as Melvyn Bragg, Derbyshire’s very own Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire with Alan Titchmarsh, Roy Hattersley, former West Derbysire MP Matthew Parris, A.C. Grayling, Antony Penrose, General Lord Dannatt and many more.

2011 brochures will be available during March and can be requested on 01298 70395 or at lee@buxtonfestival.co.uk Public booking opens on April 4 and Friends’ and Patrons’ priority booking begins in March.

Full listings are at www.buxtonfestival.co.uk