Mozart's Lucio Silla

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

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. In their third residency, they demonstrate their pedigree once again in a more classical vein with Mozart’s early opera Lucio Silla under one of their favourite guest directors Laurence Cummings. A tale of forbidden love, tyrannical dictators and murderous plots, perhaps unsurprisingly Mozart’s second serious opera was a big hit in Italy with some 26 performances between 1772 and 1773.

The English Concert
Laurence Cummings

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

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