Festival gives chance to young singers

Buxton singersBuxton Festival has established a Young Artists Programme involving eight talented young singers, who, having completed their musical training are taking their first steps in the world of professional opera.

The eight young artists will act as understudies for roles in the Festival operas and, in addition, will take part in a number of performances during the Festival’s run, from July 5 to 21.

Each evening at 6pm, the singers will be performing an operatic piece in a free recital on the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand. The ‘Song At Six’ will be a great opportunity to hear these up-and-coming performers in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens.

The singers will also take part in two recitals – on Monday July 8 there’s a mixed programme of operatic favourites entitled ‘Sacred & Profane’, whilst on Friday July 12 they will perform a selection of songs by Schumann and Poulenc.

The gentlemen of the Young Artists will also perform in a double-bill of exciting music theatre – Stephen Oliver’s Exposition of a Picture and Stravinsky’s Renard – on Wednesday 17 and Sunday 21 July. The Young Artists will also show off their work as understudies in the Festival operas – Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Saint-Saëns’ La Princesse jaune and Gounod’s La Colombe – in radically different interpretations of highlights from the shows on Monday 15 and Friday 19 July.

The festival’s artistic director Stephen Barlow commented ‘every arts-producing company has a duty to provide patronage, experience and opportunity.

“I’m very proud indeed to present all these younger artists in a diverse selection of music theatre and concerts. On the verge of substantial careers they represent Buxton Festival’s commitment to the highest quality of talent and commitment,” he said.

For more information visit http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call the festival office on 01298 70395.