Kuhmo in Eastern Finland is host to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. In that fortnight, this town of 8,300 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear, unbelievable northern light.
The concerts are held at the Kuhmo Arts Centre, in the Lentua Hall renowned for its excellent acoustics, in Kuhmo's beautiful wooden Church, and in the new Tuupala Primary School. The concert venues are all within walking distance of one another, and bicycles are a popular means of getting about, for artists and audiences alike. Music is everywhere, there are concerts from morning to late at night, and people just live for the music. In the evenings, gathered round an open fire in the yard of the festival restaurant, musicians and festival-goers get together and strike up friendships.
In 50 years, Kuhmo Chamber Music has grown to become one of the world's foremost music festivals. As early as 1989, the prestigious American journal Connoisseur was already calling it "possibly the best anywhere". In summer 2014 the British Financial Times described it as "a remarkable event, where unfettered creative idealism reigns. The Austrian music magazine Festspiele has rated Kuhmo among the world's leading festivals in 2008−2015.
Performing the role of Triquet, the young members of the cast of Eugene Onegin are all new to the Buxton Festival.
Artistic Director Adrian Kelly makes his conducting debut at Buxton International Festival with this production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Olga, Tatyana’s sister
Georgina Stalbow – Soprano
Isolde Roxby – Soprano
Eleri Gwilym – Soprano
Fiona Finsbury – Soprano
Anna Jeffers – Mezzo Soprano
Aurelija Statsuiylyte – Mezzo Soprano
Bethany Yeoman – Mezzo Soprano
Imogen Garner – Mezzo Soprano
George Curnow – Tenor
William Searle – Tenor
Joseph Doody – Tenor
Gethin Lewis – Tenor
Christopher Cull – Baritone/Bass
Phil Wilcox – Baritone/Bass
Luke Scott – Baritone/Bass
Brian McBride – Baritone/Bass
The World Premiere of a specially commissioned 40th Anniversary opera pasticcio, celebrating the life and times of Georgiana Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire.
Lyrics by Michael Williams, text by Janet Plater. Music compiled by Mark Tatlow.
Sung in English, with side-titles.
A Buxton International Festival production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
While her husband was building Buxton’s magnificent Crescent, Georgiana Cavendish was setting London society alight with a mixture of dangerous liaisons, political activism and reckless gambling. Her life (1757-1806) inspired a best-selling biography by Amanda Foreman and the Keira Knightley Hollywood film, The Duchess.
Georgiana’s life is a story of obsession, the high life and celebrity, and of the relationship between two women in an age of male dominance. With music by Martín y Soler, best known as the composer of Una cosa rara, quoted in the supper scene of Don Giovanni; Giovanni Paisiello, who was considered the most popular opera composer of his day; Stephen Storace, the brother of opera singer Nancy Storace, famous for the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Thomas Linley, ‘the English Mozart’; and, of course, the composer now so widely known, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
Thanks to The Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, Granada Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Ida Carroll Trust and members of the Georgiana Syndicate for their support.
To create the perfect Georgian day out, why not book a Georgian dinner at the Old Hall?
As part of the Bracknell Forest Arts Festival, an Evening of Popular Classics with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra
An Evening of Popular Classics with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra
Favourite classics by Smetana, Beethoven (Emperor Concerto), Grieg and Tchaikovsky, with opera arias by Verdi, Bizet and Wagner. Soloists are Russian pianist Mikhail Shilyaev and baritone Thomas Humphreys.
A brand new production directed by John Wilkie and conducted by John Andrews. Starring Clare Presland as Countess Susanna, Richard Burkhard as
Count Gil and John Savournin as Sante
How well do you know your husband? How well do you know your wife? Newly-weds Gil and Susanna learn a little more about each other in Wolf-Ferrari’s delicious 1909 farce of marital mistrust and modern manners.
Mozartian orchestral writing, a Chopinesque piano solo and an aria perfumed with the exotic fragrance of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune contrast with the turbulent Romanticism of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera. A dark and beautiful fairy tale of isolation and enchantment, its blind heroine is redeemed through the love of the only man to tell her the truth. A romance as profound as Wolf-Ferrari’s comedy is light, Iolanta forms the second half of a double bill on the theme of secrets and lies.
L’Inganno Felice (The Fortunate Deception), a romantic melodrama with buffo elements.
Duke Betrando’s wife Isabella is lost at sea, her boat coming ashore near a mining camp. A decade later the Duke and his entourage arrive and the predictable happens.
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Giuseppe Maria Foppa
Director: Mark Burns
Conductor: Oliver Gooch
Orchestra: Orpheus Sinfonia
Isabella: Elizabeth Karani
Bertrando: Adam Temple-Smith
Tarabotto: Thomas Humphreys
Batone: Jan Capinski
Ormondo: Timothy Dickinson
Sung in English