A Baroque Trio From Bury Court Opera
The end of February brought Bury Court Opera’s annual festival. This year, the Barn was the setting for a trio of operas, with Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen”, Henry Fielding’s “The Lottery” and “Too Hot to Handel” all a huge success.
“The Fairy Queen”, with music performed by The Southbank Sinfonia and directed by Simon Over, is loosely related to Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“. The production staged at Bury Court was set in a school with the cast taking the roles of teachers and pupils. The thoroughly enjoyable performance received excellent reviews, including this comment from critic Roderic Dunnett, ““If everything about this production is brilliant, the cast comes near it too.”
Henry Fielding’s smash hit ballad opera of 1732, “The Lottery”, was not only a first for Bury Court Opera, it was also the modern day world premiere. The production was in collaboration with Žak Ozmo and L’Avventura London, and directed by Harry Fehr. In period costume but with minimal props and sets, the performance was quite brilliantly staged. A full review can be found on the Bury Court Opera website, click here.
The third offering in this English Baroque trio was the Armonico Consort production, ”Too Hot To Handel”, a ballad opera for our own times, offering a fascinating, witty contrast with The Lottery. Armonico Consort performs widely at major festivals and halls across the UK, with internationally acclaimed musicians under their leader Christopher Monks. Once again, the performance was very well received, with The Independent commenting that the production, “Had the audience eating out of their hand from the first note”.
For more information on Bury Court Opera, as well as past and forthcoming productions, please visit the website by clicking here.