"Stage director Mark Burns and designer Kitty Callister opted most successfully for a largely abstract setting within which, with restrained movements, the protagonists communicated their emotions. Particularly aesthetically pleasing was the blocking... ...Facial expressions and body language reflected what must have been meticulous preparation on characterisation."

​Anthony Ogus, Blog, anthonyogus.co.uk 

"Three centuries after its first, and last, outing, an epic baroque opera fizzes into life in Buxton." Fiona Maddocks, The Observer ****

"Director Mark Burns creates effective tableaux and minimal movement to express clearly the relationships and emotions of the protagonists" Michael Tipler, Bernard Lee Music

"La Serenissima rise to the coloratura challenges of Antonio Caldara’s baroque story of jealousy and persecution." Andrew Clements, The Guardian ****

Lucio papirio dittatore



Director - Mark Burns

Music Director (Violin) - Adrian Chandler

Music Director (Harpsichord) - Giulia Nuti

Designer - Kitty Callister

Lighting Designer - Zoe Spurr

Lucio Papirio - Robert Murray

Quinto Fabio - Owen Willetts

Papiria - Rowan Pierce

Marco Fabio - William Towers

Cominio - Eleanor Dennis

Rutilia - Elizabeth Karani

Servilio - Gareth Brynmor John

​Buxton International Festival Chorus

​Photography - Genevieve Girling

In rehearsals

opera & Stage director

Mark Burns