Buxton International Festival

Lucio Papirio Dittatore

Antonio Caldara (1671–1736)Buxton Opera Housebutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

A Buxton International Festival Production in collaboration with La Serenissima.

The story of family strife in pre-Imperial Rome, this forgotten gem by the Italian composer Antonio Caldara, full of virtuoso arias and dazzling chorus writing, is a perfect vehicle for the dynamic, Gramophone Award-winning baroque ensemble La Serenissima.

Lucio Papirio Dittatore was composed by Caldara in 1719, by which time he was serving as vice-kapellmeister to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Being composed for the imperial court, there are a number of characteristics rarely found elsewhere in opera seria, such as the use of the aria madrigale, a large amount of ballet music and a significant number of choral movements. This is a work composed on a grand scale, glorifying both the genre of opera seria and the name of the emperor.

The cast includes two ENO Harewood Artists, Eleanor Dennis and Rowan Pierce, as well as Elizabeth Karani, who sang in both Jeptha and Intermezzo in Buxton. Countertenors William Towers and Owen Willetts have both appeared recently at the Festival, and return as father and son Marco and Quinto Fabio. Baritone Gareth Brynmor John is a former winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award Completing a first-class line up, the title role is sung by tenor Robert Murray, who starred in Brescianello’s Tisbe last year.

Sung in Italian with English side-titles.

Robert Murray Lucio Papirio      

William Towers Marco Fabio      

Owen Willetts Quinto Fabio     

Rowan Pierce Papiria 

Elizabeth Karani Rutilia   

Eleanor Dennis Cominio              

Gareth Brynmor John Servilio


Adrian Chandler MD violin            

Giulia Nuti MD harpsichord               

Mark Burns Director

Kitty Callister Designer

Zoe Spurr Lighting Designer

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  • Duration: 3hr 10mins (includes interval)
  • Price: £20-£78



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