Buxton International Festival

La Canterina

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A Buxton International Festival production.

La canterina, The Singing Girl, is the farcical tale of would-be singer, Gasparina, a money-grabbing minx who is down on her luck. Aided by her friend Apollonia – who is disguised as her mother and rather adept at procuring wealthy suitors for ‘her daughter’ – the tricksters exploit the affections of young callers, one of whom is Gasparina’s lascivious singing teacher.  Rent-free living, money, diamonds and promises flow.  When they are discovered, can they charm their way out of it, and is all forgiven and forgotten?

The two-act opera buffa showcases Haydn’s operatic style, blending wit, charm and melodic invention.  Toby Hession makes his debut in Buxton, conducting the Buxton Chamber Collective. 

Based on the intermezzo from Niccolò Piccinni’s opera L’Origille.

Creative Team

Toby Hession Conductor
Lysanne Van Overbeek Director


Helen Maree Cooper Don Ettore
Dominic Mattos Apollonia
Jonah Halton Don Pelagio 
Jane Burnell Gasparina

Dates & Times

  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Price: £45



Under 35s (Next-Gen BIF Friends): £10