Tonight is the opening of Buxton Festival's Double Bill that consists of two French one-act operas that rarely have the chance to sparkle.
The sets and costumes (by Lez Brotherston) are beautiful and the cast is great. With me in the Princesse Jaune is Anne Sophie Duprels, a wonderful soprano and fantastic collegue. What's amazing is that she has been back and forth between our show and a beautiful (Sold Out!) production of Puccini's Butterfly at Opera Holland Park. She's a very busy lady and I'm honored to share the stage with her. Our show is a two person show that runs about 43 min. Sung in french with french dialogues and english surtitiles, it is a beautiful piece that I hope to produce again in New York.
La Colombe, by Gounod, is much more of an ensemble cast with Emma Carrington as my nephew, Gillian Kieth as the woman of my dreams and Jonathan Best as her Major Domo. It all revolves around the a dove that represents my love for Sylvie, but one that I'm willing to sacrifice for the hope of true love. It's really a funny show with plenty of misunderstanding & comedy!
The process has been a dream and I'm not sure if I've laughed as much through a rehearsal process. A lot of that levity is because of our wonderful director Francis Matthews. His choices and direction are filled not only with great meaning but with a humorous sense of reality.
After the opening tonight (July 5th, 2013) we have four more performances on the 8th, 11th, 14th (matinee) and the 20th. Tickets and more information available at the Buxton Festival Website!