The English Concert return to the 2016 Buxton Festival with Handel’s psychological thriller Tamerlano under guest director Laurence Cummings.
Betrayal, deceit and intrigue have finally taken their toll as Bajazet (Paul Nilon) lies dead, mourned by his daughter Asteria (Marie Lys) and her beloved Andronico (Owen Willetts), while Tamerlano (Rupert Enticknap) and Irene (Catherine Hopper) look on.
“In the pit, Laurence Cummings draws mellifluous sounds from the English Concert.” – The Guardian
“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