Sir John Tomlinson and Rozanna Madylus

Fri 17 July 2020

Sir John Tomlinson and Rozanna Madylus

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


Bass and Mezzo-Soprano

Sir John Tomlinson, who has been striding the world’s opera stages for several decades, notably in the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring, has long been contemplating the central role of Shakespeare’s King Lear and sees parallels between the two characters. This new musical drama written by John Casken affords him the opportunity to incarnate the aging, delusional king in a musical setting that incorporates Shakespeare’s text in the form of speech, sprechstimme and singing. Rozanna Madylus takes the parts of the Fool, Cordelia and her sisters. She is also the soloist in Brünnhilde’s Dream, a sequence of words and music imagining the state of mind of Wotan’s favourite Valkyrie daughter as she lies on the rock, surrounded by fire, after the end of Die Walküre. Music by R Wagner, F Mendelssohn, F Schubert, R Schumann, A von Zemlinsky, A Berg, K Szymanowski, H W Henze and J Müller-Hermann.

This event includes an interval.