Buxton Opera Festival
7 Jul — 11 Jul 2020 | Tour Director: John Bryden
• Romantic liaisons abound in our four main festival performances, including Rossini’s The Lady of the Lake, Reynaldo Hahn’s Ciboulette and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music
• Experience Early Opera’s celebrated rendition of Handel’s Acis & Galatea, recipient of BBC Music Magazine’s 2019 Opera category award
• Visit the house and grounds of Lyme Park with its unique collections, including the famous Lyme Missal, the focus of a brand new exhibition
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Tour assembles 1330 at Best Western Plus Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton, for four nights. Welcome and introduction. Afternoon fringe performance featuring Kathryn Stott (piano): works including Liadov Prelude, Op 11, No 1; Grieg Holberg Suite; Sibelius Valse Triste; Rachmaninoff Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36. Evening festival concert: Handel Acis & Galatea.
Morning lecture followed by festival literary event featuring Charles Moore: Margaret Thatcher – The Authorised Biography Volume 3. Evening festival opera: Rossini La donna del lago.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Lyme Park (magnificent estate with 18th century modifications, surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park). Evening festival opera: Hahn Ciboulette.
Morning lecture followed by matinee festival opera: Sondheim A Little Night Music.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
7 Jul — 11 Jul 2020
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FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS
The Buxton Festival is known for its stimulating mix of music and literature, and this year proves to be no exception. We look forward to a performance from celebrated pianist Kathryn Stott – described by The Times as “one of the most versatile pianists on the circuit” – whose beguiling ‘Northern Skies’ programme features works by Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninoff. Journalist Charles Moore, meanwhile, will give us a unique insight into Margaret Thatcher’s final period in office, painting “an intimate political and personal portrait of the victories and defeats, the iron will but surprising vulnerability of the woman who dominated in an age of male power”.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking every day between the hotel, opera house and other festival venues. The walk between the hotel and the centre of Buxton is hilly.
Cost of £1395 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, twin/double room for single use supplement £170.