Georgiana

Sun 7 - Sat 20 July 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91); Martin y Soler (1754–1806); Stephen Storace (1762-96); Giovanni Paisiello (1740–1816); Thomas Linley (1756–78)

Lyrics by Michael Williams, text by Janet Plater. Music compiled by Mark Tatlow.
Sung in English, with side-titles.

A Buxton International Festival production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

The World Premiere of a specially commissioned 40th Anniversary opera pasticcio, celebrating the life and times of Georgiana Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire.

While her husband was building Buxton’s magnificent Crescent, Georgiana Cavendish was setting London society alight with a mixture of dangerous liaisons, political activism and reckless gambling. Her life (1757-1806) inspired a best-selling biography by Amanda Foreman and the Keira Knightley Hollywood film, The Duchess.

Georgiana’s life is a story of obsession, the high life and celebrity, and of the relationship between two women in an age of male dominance. With music by Martín y Soler, best known as the composer of Una cosa rara, quoted in the supper scene of Don Giovanni; Giovanni Paisiello, who was considered the most popular opera composer of his day; Stephen Storace, the brother of opera singer Nancy Storace, famous for the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Thomas Linley, ‘the English Mozart’; and, of course, the composer now so widely known, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.


Public booking opens 1 April 2019.

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Creatives and cast

Mark Tatlow
Conductor

Matthew Richardson

Director

John Morell
Designer

Zoe Spurr
Lighting Designer

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Samantha Clarke
Georgiana

TBC
Duke of Devonshire

Susanna Fairbairn
Bess

Olivia Ray
Lady Spencer

Geoffrey Dolton
Sheridan

Katherine Aitken
Grey

Aled Hall
Fox

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