What the critics said…

Buxton International Festival 2022 has been a delight!  145 events over 17 days with audiences totalling 28,747.  We had critically acclaimed operas plus a 5 star musical, sell out concerts and book talks, along with a stellar jazz series and our ever popular Festival Walks.  Thank you to everyone who took part.

Here’s a small selection of reviews and feedback:


‘More than just a show, it is a depiction of extreme emotion’


The Telegraph


‘The whole thing rattles by with both brilliance of coloratura technique and glorious tone production from all the principals’


Theatre Reviews North


‘This was a production that could be enjoyed musically, with plenty of dramatic meat too… I have rarely heard this style of music sung with such relish’

Opera Today



‘The audience loved it, from the jokes about badly behaved prima donnas and pretentious directors…to the non-stop visual slapstick.  The singing was seriously good’

The Guardian


‘Lovely music with lots of laughs and local references, the audience loved it’

The Sheffield Star



‘A quality piece on all counts’


The Stage


‘Real West End level sophistication…miss it at your peril’

Derbyshire Times


By far the funniest production of Gypsy I have ever seen…this is one not to be missed’

North West End



‘Unapologetically ambitious and fizzing with energy’

The Guardian


‘The music is brilliant with soaring arias and emotion-filled duets’

The Sheffield Star


‘The singing is highly accomplished’

The Arts Desk



‘This work is inspiring and timely’

Sheffield Times

‘The Results were terrific, and the young singers invested the music with an incredible energy’

Planet Hugill


What you said…

‘Wonderful!  All the performances I attended (and there have been many) have been superb’

‘A good eclectic mix as always.  Nice to hear different operas and ‘modern’ music too.  The literature side is very varied as always.  Keep up the excellent work’

‘Nothing I have seen has been less than excellent’

‘A very interesting programme – some beautiful recitals, interesting talks and enjoyable and well sung operas’

‘The talks this year are as brilliant as ever’

‘National Youth Jazz Orchestra – fabulous, such talent, great music’

‘Thanks for making me feel so welcome’