Watch this space!

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Buxton International Festival and we are looking forward to announcing more details very soon.   Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate our way around the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dates of the Festival are Thursday 8th July – Sunday 25th July 2021.

Our priority is to keep you safe while you enjoy a wonderful series of operas, music and books. To do this we have been considering different festival scenarios and have been adapting our programme, from the previously announced opera series below, in line with the Government’s guidelines and updates regarding COVID-19.  We are aiming to share an update with you at the beginning of March.

Buxton International Festival CEO, Michael Williams, has shared this message.


La Donna del Lago

Music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Andrea Leone Tortola
Adrian Kelly, Conductor
Jacopo Spirei, Director
Madeleine Boyd, Designer
Ben Pickersgill, Lighting Designer

Viva La Diva

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Adapted from plays by Simeone Antonio Sografi, new English version by Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Iwan Davies, Conductor
Stephen Medcalf, Director
Yannis Thavoris, Designer
Kate Watson, Choreography

A Salzburg State Theatre production in association with Buxton International Festival

Acis and Galatea

Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by John Gay
Christian Curnyn, Conductor
Martin Constantine, Director
Anisha Fields, Designer

A co-production with the Early Opera Company

A Little Night Music

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler

Wyn Davies, Conductor
Paul Kerryson, Director
Charles Cusick Smith & Phil R Daniels, Set and Costume Design
Ben Pickersgill, Lighting Designer

A Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival production

Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Thanks to the Foyle Foundations and the members of the A Little Night Music Syndicate for their support.

Our Future, In Your Hands

Music by Kate Whitley, written by Laura Attridge
Tom Newall, Conductor
Mark Burns, Director

The opera oratorio, commissioned by Buxton International Festival, is in collaboration with Royal Overseas League

Thanks to the PRS Foundation, Granada Foundation, Golden Jubilee Trust (via ROSL), The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Ida Carroll Trust, Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, Andre Bernheim Trust, RVW Trust, The Michael Guest Charitable Foundation, Orchestras Live.

Thanks to members of the Our Future in Your Hands Syndicate, in memory of Emilie Schmid-Tröndle.