Buxton Opera House
For the next few days I am based in Buxton, attending five operas (including one double bill); three productions by the festival itself and two visiting productions. The festival, which was founded in 1979, is based around the Buxton Opera House which is at the centre of a complex of buildings which arose because of Buxton's position as a spa town.
In many ways Buxton seems an unlikely spa, it is a down to earth Derbyshire peak district town and hardly like Harrogate (which has always seemed like a little bit of Surrey dropped into Yorkshire).
Double bills are always a problem, how to make a pair of disparate operas work together. And the canon is littered with one act operas which languish because they have no obvious mates. Few pairings function with the complementarity... Read Post
The 2013 Buxton Festival opened with a double bill of French operas comiques, by Saint-Saens and by Gounod. Both composers are very well known and both have operas in the standard canon, but Gounod's La Colombe is rarely performed, ... Read Post