Festival to offer feast of opera delights

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There is less than a month to go until the start of the 2014 Buxton Festival, which will feature an array of opera, music and literature, as well as some unexpected surprises.

The festival will open on Friday July 11 with a glittering Opera Gala concert of operatic highlights starring internationally-renowned soprano Susan Bullock and tenor Richard Berkeley-Steele.

The Festival’s opera productions continue their tradition of reviving overlooked masterpieces, with Dvořák’s The Jacobin, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Rossini’s Otello.

There will also be Mahogany Opera Group’s production of HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale, a ‘cabaret opera’ performed by five ‘human sausages’ and a big band, mixing jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner.

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

For tickets, visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call the box office on 0845 127 2190.