Another photograph taken during a delightful meeting with some other TE members in Derbyshire, this time of the Opera House in the town of Buxton. And taken during what were probably the only couple of hours of sunshine which we had during our three day meeting!
Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects, who also designed two famous London theatres: the London Palladium (1910) and the London Coliseum (1904). The building ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, when it was turned into a cinema. Silent films were shown until 1932 when the theatre was wired for sound and could present ‘talkies’. The Opera House also became the venue for an annual summer theatre festival from 1936 to 1942.
However, the Opera House gradually fell into disrepair and in 1976 it was closed and rumours circulated that it would never reopen. But in 1979 it was restored and an orchestra pit was added to the original Frank Matcham design. Since then, the Opera House has been a full-time venue for stage productions, presenting approximately 450 performances per year, including opera, dance, musical theatre, pantomime, comedy, drama, children's shows and concerts.
Since 1979, Buxton Opera House has hosted the annual Buxton Festival of opera, music and (since 2000) literature.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-09 4:33
an expanded version of Bev's posting today. A grand looking old building full of majesty and elegance. Captured from a perfect POV being full of sharp and wonderful detail.
Have a good week - B.
jhm (155185) 2014-06-09 4:46
You chose a very well angle this gives a very nice view in this wonderful opera house.
I like the old construction, what I fifty years ago yet learned, the young architects can not this.
Nice iron construction in foreground too.
Excellent composition nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice day,
Royaldevon (40250) 2014-06-09 5:26
Good Heavens, John, is it great minds think alike? Not only have we photographed the same bit of building but we have copied and pasted almost identical notes!!
Ha! Ha! Let me know if you are you going to post the red bus tomorrow!
Actually, your photograph gives quite a different impression by showing more of the building. Yours encourages movement into the scene and observations of its purpose, whereas mine is very much devoted to shapes and their compositional integrity.
The light is beautiful, creating warmth and shadows on the pavement, before the eyes are lifted to appreciate the architecture and decoration of this fine old building.
Have a good day,
Sergiom (82729) 2014-06-09 5:26
Il semble que tu soies bien près de Beverly cette journée là car il y a beaucoup de ressemblances entre vos deux photos et en même temps, on perçoit un œil différent.
mjw364 (1398) 2014-06-09 6:51
The Grand Old Opry eh? Pity there wasn't a show on we could have sheltered inside from the rain later on!
What I like is your POV which uses the right angled post and roof in the lower left to structure this in an almost graphic way and then the two dimensional aspect of that corner is given depth by the shadow on the pavement which leads your eye through to the entrance and the main building which imposes itself in a very grand way on the background. A well composed shot.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-09 6:57
Wonderfully taken image, the angle shows the glorious old theatre well under the blue sky. Wonderful light control. I presume that the building would be dark under such strong light contrast, you managed well.
Do you know,I like that glass dome which was showed on the left of your photo very much. When the light going down you can get a sort of photo like this.
A very good afternoon to you.
Silvio1953 (146565) 2014-06-09 12:31
Ciao John, great view of fanbtastic building, excellent Clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
brianmcc (6219) 2014-06-09 14:40
the light in this image is lovely and very appealing. the resulting colours are beautifully well saturated. your framing is excellent looking along the pavement leading the eye upwards to towards the roof of opera house and then into the lovely blue sky. superb detail and sharpness.
lousat (93564) 2014-06-09 14:52
Hi John,truly beautiful this opera house,i'm a fan of art nouveau style and the entrance is builth in this style,magnificent imposing perspective and great quality of detail everywhere.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (50758) 2014-06-09 15:25
bella architettura, ben rifinita dalla struttura in ferro tipica di inizio anni '900.
Una bella giornata di luce ha favorito il tuo scatto, è proprio piacevole la vista.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-09 17:45
Glad to read the Buxton Opera House has been renovated and once again a performing arts theater.
I would love to see and hear a performance here.
The ornate classical rock block architecture is very attractive, the corner towers, columns, fluted domes, statue façade, etc.
Thanks for sharing,
CLODO (34862) 2014-06-09 23:31
You decided for the full version with the iron works of the opera house while Bev concentrated on the roof.
In Bev's picture, I posted a workshop with my vision: both of you taking the picture! So we have the full story of this sunny (yes!!!) moment
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-09 23:45
A long time since I visited this Derbyshire spa town John and I wish I had had the opportunity to meet up with the UK contingent of TE'ers. It sounds as if you had a good meeting and I have enjoyed looking at some of the shots thus far posted. This is a fuller view of the Opera House than that of Bev's and I do like the inclusion of the wrought iron work, it makes a bright and airy contrast against the heavy stonework. The window of sunshine has given you the opportunity to use the strong shadows in your composition.
emka (100773) 2014-06-10 0:04
Hello John, So now it became a tradition these meetings in UK. And this year you had some foreign participants. Nice for me to think that it started with my visit :). It is a pity you were not lucky with the weather but with a fine company it is not so important. Splendid shot, a bit wider than the one by Bev. I like here the entrance, very attractive. Superb picture, with great colours and sharpness.
Of course, I regret I wasn't there but I had also nice time in Spain.
Warm regrads MAlgo
annjackman (21899) 2014-06-10 0:20
I never did get to see this opera house close-up. What a fine building it is. It would have been a real pity if it had not been restored. As usual you choose your viewpoint very well giving depth to the picture. The light was fortunately good giving a lovely colour to the stone, and a nice shadow pattern in the FG.
Very well done - a super image.
Kind Regards, Ann
mkamionka (38329) 2014-06-10 4:04
I have seen already Bev's photo of this building before. Nice to see it now in all its splendor. I recognize even the same cloud above it. From this photo it does not seem as if you had bad weather at all. I am truly sorry that I could not attend. Great exposition with the details of the building even being in the shadow -so well exposed.
Glint (6171) 2014-06-21 10:33
you have shown this very attractive building extremely well. That lovely warm light has helped and that the area was unpopulated. (I was there last July and the it was crowded during an interval of a production).Compositionally part of me wants to shift that central post over, but at the same time I think rules are sometimes meant to be broken -you rebel.
Sorry I missed this meet as I was in Spain.
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- Date Taken: 2014-06-03
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- Date Submitted: 2014-06-09 4:29