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Buxton International Festival announces big plans for 2024!

After an exceptional 2023 festival, we’re thrilled to announce our 2024 line-up of five highly anticipated operas! Plus, the exciting news that Cuban-British superstar Carlos Acosta will make his BIF debut with On Before.

Opera series announcement for 2024

Verdi’s Ernani

Verdi’s Ernani, a four-act operatic drama, depicts Elvira’s tragic love dilemma involving her lover, guardian, and the King of Spain. Adrian Kelly conducts this BIF production at Buxton Opera House.
Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno 
Following Acis & Galatea’s 2021 success, BIF partners with The Early Opera Company for Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, conducted by Christian Curnyn at Buxton Opera House.
Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen
BIF’s second collaboration with Norwich Theatre brings Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen to Buxton Opera House. Brook’s version combines Bizet’s opera and Prosper Mérimée’s original novella.
Ethel Smyth, The Boatswain’s Mate
A new BIF production by British suffragette composer Ethel Smyth unfolds a comedic battle of the sexes on Margate’s seafront, capturing the essence of British summer at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

Joseph Haydn’s La Canterina
BIF’s final 2024 production is Haydn’s two-act operetta, La canterina. This comedic opera promises a riotous show with its typical buffo characters, performed at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

BIF 2024 Opera Series – Click here for more info and dates

Superstar Cuban-British director, choreographer and ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta makes Buxton debut

Superstar Cuban-British director, choreographer and ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, makes his debut at BIF
Acosta, a long-time principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, has danced as a guest principal with all the major ballet companies across the world and now thrives as a director and choreographer.

There will be two performances of his show On Before in Buxton Opera House on 20 and 21 July 2024.

Commenting on 2024, Michael Williams, BIF’s CEO said: “We are literally dancing into 2024, with megastar Carlos Acosta and a line-up of operas, books and jazz that will make your mouth water. We are all looking to the arts to lift the spirits and Buxton promises to deliver.”

Carlos Acosta – Find out more
Festival timeline for 2024

  • 26 February 2024: Full programme and festival brochure published
  • 5 March 2024: Priority Booking for the full programme for BIF Friends opens
  • 2 April 2024: Public booking for the full programme opens
Join as a BIF Friend for Priority Booking, from just £33 per year 

Joining our community and becoming a BIF Friend you unlock a whole host of benefits, including priority booking for the festival.

From just £33 per year, you can become part of the festival you love all year-round:

Priority booking for all festival events
Six tiers of membership starting from just £33
Regular newsletters during the year – via email/post
Be the first to hear exclusive festival news & announcements
Special friends events throughout the year: meals, dinners, recitals and more
Support from friends members have enabled us to grow into one of the UK’s leading opera festivals
⭐️ Recognition of your support in the Festival Souvenir Programme Book

Join NOW as a BIF Friend – Click here to find out more
Grand Prize Raffle 🎉

Let’s make BIF 2024 another great success!

This is our biggest fundraiser this year and we are asking for your help to support BIF 2024 by selling the raffle tickets to friends, family and colleagues.

The prize is amazing, and the cause is important to everyone who loves opera and the arts.

You could win the grand prize of:

  • £2,500 cash prize
  • plus 4 nights at the Crescent Hotel during BIF 2024
  • plus £1,000 worth of vouchers to BIF 2024

⭐️ RAFFLE CLOSES at 12 noon on Thursday 19 October ⭐️

Please help us in supporting this great cause. Click here for more information about the raffle and how to participate.

The winning ticket will be drawn at a Friends of BIF event on October 21st 2023 at Lydgate House.

Please email the number of tickets you would like to purchase, and she will send you the online purchase link for them.

Click here see the Terms and Conditions

Buxton International Festival 2024 – What’s On

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