Mozart's Lucio Silla

Performances: 9, 13, 16, 20 July
Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Over past seasons we have established ourselves in the idyllic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton with performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s Tamerlano. This season we turn to Mozart’s early classical opera Lucio Silla and a complementary chamber programme of Mozart and his contemporaries performed by our principal musicians.


The English Concert
Laurence Cummings
 conductor/fortepiano

Joshua Ellicott Lucio Silla
Rebecca Bottone Giunia
Fflur Wyn Celia
Madeleine Perard Cecilio
Karolina Plickova Lucio Cinna
Ben Thapa Aufidio

Harry Silverstein director
Linda Buchanan designer

Highlights from Buxton International Festival 2016 - Handel's Tamerlano

"…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times, 2016

"In the pit, Laurence Cummings draws mellifluous sounds from the English Concert." - The Guardian, 2016

"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

Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

From Haydn’s first minor key symphony and the intensity of CPE Bach, to Mozart’s imaginative and playful Piano Concerto No. 13, this programme embodies the inventive spirit of the classical masters.

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Barbican, London

Following the successes of Radamisto, Theodora, Alcina, Hercules and Orlando, The English Concert continues their Handel opera-in-concert series with Rinaldo.

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Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

‘…refreshingly direct and impactful, with The English Concert, nestled either side of the stage, and its director Harry Bicket lending classy baroque accompaniment. Morris cleverly uses the 18th‐century auditorium’s intimacy and dry acoustic to draw us in; I felt an active part of the events unfolding in front, above and around me. Perhaps the cheers and whoops at the end suggested others...

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Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Quick on the heels of our Shakespeare celebration in East Asia last season, we return with a summer tour of South Korea with the one of the world’s greatest countertenors Andreas Scholl, featuring celebratory music from two of England’s finest exports, Purcell and Handel.

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