Music Theatre Wales will give the UK Premiere during Buxton Festival of a gripping contemporary opera inspired by the life of 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo and his murder of his wife and her lover.
The Killing Flower (Luci mie traditrici), by the noted Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, opens at the Buxton Festival on Tuesday July 16. It will be presented in a double-bill with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ classic music theatre work, Eight Songs for a Mad King, in a new MTW production premiered earlier this year and featuring a virtuoso performance by baritone Kelvin Thomas. Sciarrino’s exceptional opera, which will be sung in English for the first time and is the highlight of Music Theatre Wales’ 25th anniversary season.
The cast of four includes baritone George Humphreys as the Duke, soprano Amanda Forbes as the Duchess, countertenor William Towers as the Guest/Lover and tenor Michael Bennett as the Servant. Both The Killing Flower and Eight Songs for a Mad King will be recorded at Buxton by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast in August 2013 on Hear and Now.
The performance on July 16 starts at 7.15pm. Tickets priced from £15 to £48 are available from the Box Office Tel: 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk