The English Concert have established themselves in the idyllic Derbyshire countryside over past seasons, showcasing their prowess for baroque opera, in particular Purcell and Handel.
We are delighted to announce our our third residency this summer, demonstrating our pedigree once again in a more classical vein with Mozart’s early opera Lucio Silla. Directed by one of our favourite guest directors Laurence Cummings, he is joined by a wonderful cast to include Joshua Ellicott in the title role as well as Rebecca Bottone (Giunia) and Fflur Wyn (Celia) amongst others.
Speaking about last season's production of Handel's Tamerlano:
"This was the first in a planned series of co-productions between the Buxton Festival and The English Concert. It will prove an astute move if the orchestra continues to sustain anything like the remarkable finesse it displayed in this Francis Matthews production…The English Concert stuck to the singers like limpets, and reflected their emotions. Handel has now been on the Buxton operatic menu 11 times since the turn of the century. With this new partnership, he has graduated from chef’s special to specialité de la maison. Musically speaking, anyway." – Opera Magazine, 2016
Performances: 9, 13, 16, 20 July
Buxton Opera House, Buxton