Join the creative talents behind this year’s Operas for a fascinating look at the histories of these pieces, and their vision for the productions.

Festival Opera Lectures programme
at the Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton

10.30am Coffee

11.00am Eugene Onegin
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Premiered: 29 March 1879, Moscow
Speaker: Adrian Kelly, Artistic Director, BIF and conductor of Eugene Onegin

Ten minute intermission

12.10pm Orpheus in the Underworld
Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)
Premiered: 21 October 1858, Paris
Speaker: Jeff Clarke, Artistic Director, Opera della Luna and Director

1.00pm 3-course lunch with coffee

Classic Smoked Salmon, Lemon Capers and Brown Bread

Roast Topside of Derbyshire Beef, Roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and Red Wine Gravy

Steamed Syrup Sponge with Orange Crème Anglaise

Tea, Coffee and Minted Chocolates

2.30pm Lucio Papirio Dittatore
Antonio Caldara (1670 – 1736)
Premiered: 4 November 1719, Vienna
Speaker: Adrian Chandler, Artistic Director, La Serenissima and Leader

3.30pm Georgiana
Pasticcio opera with music from 18th century composers Mozart, Storance,
Martin y Soler and Thomas Linley. New work commissioned by BIF
To be premiered on: 7 July 2019
Speaker: Michael Williams, Chief Executive, BIF and lyricist

4.30pm Study day ends

The Committee reserves the right to make alterations to the programme or speakers as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.

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