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The Maiden in the Tower & Kashchei the Immortal
Opens: 09/07/2012 Closes: 24/07/2012 Buxton Opera HouseFinnish composer Sibelius' first and only opera, The Maiden in the Tower remained unheard for nearly 100 years owing to the disputed quality of its libretto. The good burghers at Buxton have finally chosen a moment to stage it, in a double bill alongside Rimsky-Korsakov's hyper-dramatic take on a tale from Russian folk history. Damsels and distress prevail. For more information visit: http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/whats-on/operas/a-festival-double-bill-the-maiden-in-… Buy: http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/whats-on/operas/a-festival-double-bill-the-maiden-in-…
The Telegraph“Calls out for more orchestral magic...” Lawless’s decision to graft them together was not entirely successful. By setting Kashchei “many years later”, he muddled the complicated fairy-tale plot unnecessarily, despite plenty of imaginative touches...
Guardian“The cast work hard in both pieces...” More darkly fantastical in its use of theatrical expressionism, Lawless's production matches the score's vividly virtuosic writing, which is wonderfully presented by the Northern Chamber Orchestra under Stuart Stratford...
The Stage“The staging exerts its own fascination...” Conductor Stuart Stratford secures exceptional musical performances, and both operas prove significant rediscoveries...
The Arts Desk“An outstanding cast...” This double bill is a marriage made in Lawless heaven – daring, vivid, unexpected. He tests a concept and pulls it off. This, the last of this year’s three original Festival productions, is undoubtedly the showpiece...
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