Mark returns to his roots

Buxton International Festival’s leading role in creating the theatre professionals of the future will be centre stage when the British premiere of an opera is directed by local man Mark Burns  – who began his career as a 12-year-old in the event’s youth programme.

Taking part in a children’s opera led Mark to a career in musical theatre, working extensively as a director and assistant with The Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Royal Academy Opera, Silent Opera, Bury Court Opera and Opera Danube.

Now 30, Mark is coming home to direct the British premiere of Tisbe, a rarely-performed but highly regarded-opera by Brescianello which will be performed by baroque music specialists La Serenissima as part of the Festival which runs from July 6 to 22.

“This is the first time I’ve directed at the Festival,” said Mark. 

“It’s a dream come true. Buxton is where it all started for me. I was very lucky to grow up in a town where we had so much, when so many other towns in the North don’t.”