Win tickets to the opera at Buxton

Two lucky artsbeat readers have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the much-anticipated opera performances at this year’s Buxton Festival.

The three productions in the 2016 series are Beethoven’s Leonore, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Handel’s Tamerlano. All you have to do to win a pair of tickets to the opera of your choice is answer the question below, right.

Leonore, which tells of the triumph of married love, has three acts and is sung in German with English side-titles. It is a Buxton Festival production with the Buxton Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra.

With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, Leonore goes to work in the prison, disguised as a young gaoler, Fidelio, in an attempt to protect him from harm.

The governor of the prison, Don Pizarro, decides to kill Florestan before the arrival of Don Fernando, a government minister, forcing her into ever more desperate action.

This is Beethoven’s first version of the opera that would become Fidelio.

The same production team will be staging I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini’s variation on the Romeo and Juliet love story, chosen to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  Set against the background of a feud between two warring clans, the Montecchi (led by Romeo) and the Capuleti (led by Capellio).

Romeo falls in love with Capellio’s daughter, Giulietta, but the enmity between their tribes leads them both to tragedy. This will be sung in Italian with English side-titles.

Handel’s Tamerlano is a Buxton Festival production with The English Concert.

It tells the story of the Tartar emperor Tamerlano who spares the life of his prisoner, the Turkish sultan Bajazet, thanks to the intervention of Bajazet’s daughter, Asteria. Obsessed with Asteria, Tamerlano sets about trying to win her for himself, by palming off his betrothed, Irene, to the Greek Prince Andronico (who is himself also in love with Asteria).

It is a drama of power, passion and betrayal and will be sung in Italian with English side-titles.

The festival’s impressive opera programme also includes a concert performance of Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and a UK Premiere by Music Theatre Wales of The Golden Dragon by Peter Eotvos.

Buxton Festival will take place from July 8-24 and there will be more details about the music and literary events in future editions of artsbeat.

Go to http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk for full details of the programme.

To win one of the two pairs of opera tickets we are offering as a prize this month simply tell us the answer to this question:

Which soprano is playing Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi?

Email you answer together with your name, address and daytime telephone contact number to editor@arts-beat.co.uk or post those details to 19 Nottingham Road, Belper, DE56 1JG. The closing date is April 30.

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