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🎉 1 week to go until Buxton International Festival Opens

There’s just one week to go until Buxton International Festival opens on Thursday, 4 July.

We’re starting in style and are rolling out the red carpet for our opera premieres and to welcome Golda Schultz and Gary Matthewman, and Adrian Cox with his New Orleans Social Club to Buxton.

Rehearsals are in full swing, and the excitement is building. 🎉

This year we are thrilled to present a fantastic programme featuring five new spectacular opera productions – a first in our 45 year history –  as well as innovative music and thought-provoking book talks.

 🎟 Tickets are still available for many of our events.

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BIF 2024 – Highlights 


Verdi’s Ernani
This opera propelled Verdi to worldwide fame but has since become one of his lesser-performed works. The cast features British soprano Nadine Benjamin as Elvira, tenor Roman Arndt, baritone Andre Heyboer and bass Alastair Miles.
Performance dates: 6, 10, 12, 14 and 17 July.
Click HERE to book now.

Peter Brook’s La tragedie de Carmen
A raw and intense story of desire and self-destruction, set against the backdrop of some of opera’s most iconic music. Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen is unapologetically stark, distilling the opera to its core elements while highlighting themes of obsession and jealousy.
Performance dates: 5, 9, 13 and 16 July.
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Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno
Expect dazzling vocal fireworks and epic drama in this oratorio about time and temptation. Soprano Anna Dennis leads the cast, with Christian Curnyn conducting the award winning Early Opera Company in this baroque masterpiece.
Performance dates: 7, 11, 15 and 18 July.
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Join Kathryn Stott on her final professional tour, celebrating the culmination of her distinguished career. Her farewell to the concert stage at BIF this summer is set to be an unforgettable event.

The English Concert enjoys worldwide recognition for its quality, ambition, and diverse live and recorded performances. Book now to catch the performance on 15 July – tickets are at limited availability.

Dante Quartet, one of the UK’s finest ensembles, known for its imaginative programming and impassioned performances, joins BIF on 8 July.

Stile Antico, renowned for Renaissance polyphony, will perform three concerts on 20 July at 6am, 10am, and 2pm during our 2024 Festival’s penultimate day.  The perfect way to bring to a close our wonderful Music series.


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