Handel: Tamerlano 'Vivo in te, mio caro bene'

The English Concert return to the 2016 Buxton Festival with Handel's psychological thriller Tamerlano under guest director Laurence Cummings.

Asteria (Marie Lys) and Andronico (Owen Willetts) tenderly sing of their love under the tyrannical persecution of emperor Tamerlano.

"…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times

"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

Tamerlano Highlights

Returning to the Buxton Festival for a second residency, the orchestra opened their 2016/17 with a fully-staged production of Handel's pschological thriller Tamerlano. Captured by his mortal enemy Tamerlano, Bajazet and his daughter Asteria are imprisoned. Facing forced marrage and dishonour, Bajazet and Asteria are brought to the brink of destruction.

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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.

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The tyrannical emperor Tamerlano (Rupert Enticknap) confronts his prisoners Asteria (Marie Lys) and Bajazet (Paul Nilon).

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Having learned that her beloved Andronico is betrothed to Irene, and that she must instead marry her captor Tamerlano, Asteria (Marie Lys) sings of her despair."Musical values are equally high in Francis Matthews’s production of Handel’s Tamerlano. As Laurence Cummings and the English Concert dance, lilt and languish in the pit, the cast throw off Handel’s vocal fireworks with an ease that borders...

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Asteria (Marie Lys) comes to terms with having to marry her captor (the tyrannical emperor Tamerlano)."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"In the pit, Laurence Cummings and the English Concert brought style and drama to the music. Handel did not write for a lavish orchestra, but Cummings and the ensemble made the details of the scoring...

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Defeated and imprisoned, Bajazet (Paul Nilon) fiercely resists captivity under the tyrannical emperor Tamerlano."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"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...

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Asteria (Marie Lys) and Andronico (Owen Willetts) tenderly sing of their love under the tyrannical persecution of emperor Tamerlano."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"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...

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