Cast announced for BIF’s Five Brand New Opera Productions

Buxton International Festival is pleased to announce a mighty line-up of artists for our five brand new opera productions taking place between 4 and 21 July.  

Adrian Kelly, Artistic Director said: “Buxton is nothing if not brave, and we have some formidable casts lined up this year, with faces old and new. We’re packing a punch this summer, make no mistake.”

Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani

6, 10, 12, 14 and 17 July 2024

Buxton Opera House

Giuseppi Verdi’s Ernani is an operatic dramma lirico in four acts which tells the tragic love story of Elvira, who is caught between three men: her lover, her guardian and the King of Spain. quick online loans.  Adrian Kelly conducts this new BIF production with The Orchestra of Opera North, directed by Jamie Manton and designed by Sami Fendall.

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André Heyboer – Don Carlo

Alastair Miles – Don Ruy Gomez de Silva  

Nadine Benjamin – Elvira

Jane Burnell – Giovanna

Emyr Lloyd Jones – Don Riccardo

Theo Perry – Jago


George Frideric Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno

7, 11, 15 and 18 July 2024

Buxton Opera House

Following the success of Acis & Galatea at Buxton in 2021, the festival joins forces with The Early Opera Company for a new production of Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno conducted by Christian Curnyn, directed by Jacopo Spirei and designed by Anna Bonomelli.

Anna Dennis Belleza (Beauty)

Hilary Cronin Piacere (Pleasure)

Hilary Summers Disinganno (Deception)

Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La tragédie de Carmen

5, 9, 13 and 16 July 2024

Buxton Opera House

In its second collaboration with Norwich Theatre, BIF presents Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La tragédie de Carmen. Brook’s adaptation includes elements of the Georges Bizet opera as well as the original Prosper Mérimée novella on which Bizet’s opera was based. It’s conducted by Iwan Davies, directed by Katharina Kastening and designed by Bettina John.

Niamh O’Sullivan – Carmen

Erin Rossington – Micaëla

Steffan Lloyd Jones – Escamillo

Elgan Llŷr Thomas – Don José

Ethel Smyth, The Boatswain’s Mate

8, 14 and 19 July 2024

Pavilion Arts Centre

This brand-new BIF production, written by British composer and suffragette Ethel Smyth, The Boatswain’s Mate centres around a humorous battle of the sexes on the seafront in Margate.  It’s full of twists and turns complete with all the quintessential sounds and sights of British summertime.  The opera is conducted by Rebecca Warren and directed by Nick Bond.

Joshua Baxter – Harry Benn

Theo Perry – Ned Travers

Elizabeth Findon – Mrs Waters

Richard Woodall – Policeman

Rebecca Anderson – Mary Ann

Joseph Haydn’s La canterina

July 7, 11, 18 and 20

Pavilion Arts Centre

The last of the BIF’s new productions for 2024 is Haydn’s two-act operetta, La canterina.  This comedic opera has all the ingredients for a riotous show with its stock-in-trade buffo figures: the aspiring, money-grabbing diva; her mother adept at procuring suitors; an oily, lascivious singing teacher and a wealthy young lover. The opera is conducted by Toby Hessian and directed by Lysanne Van Overbeek.

Helen Maree Cooper – Don Ettore

Dominic Mattos – Apollonia

Jonah Halton – Don Pelagio

Jane Burnell Gasparina


  • End of February: The full programme and festival brochure will be issued.
  • 5 March 2024: Priority booking for the full programme opens on a staggered basis for BIF Friends.
  • 2 April 2024: Public booking for the full programme opens.