International singers to converge on Buxton

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Buxton Festival, featuring an array of opera, music and literature, will take place from July 11 to 27.

It will open with a gala concert of operatic highlights starring internationally renowned soprano Susan Bullock and tenor Richard Berkeley-Steele. The festival’s opera productions continue its tradition of reviving overlooked masterpieces.

Dvořák’s The Jacobin creates creates a romantic village atmosphere, with sentimental action and open-hearted lyricism; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice is considered a milestone both in Gluck’s work and in the history of opera; and Rossini’s Otello is especially notable for its original and highly sympathetic portrayal of the character of Desdemona and its superb third act.

There’s also the Mahogany Opera Group’s production of HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale, a ‘cabaret opera’ performed by five ‘human sausages’ and a big band.

Two of the country’s most glamorous and versatile performers appear together for the first time in a programme for soprano voice and instrumental counterpart the clarinet on July 14. Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson will be accompanied on piano by Andrew West in the Opera House.