Opera at Buxton International Festival

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Which Buxton performance should I attend for my first opera?

This 2019 Festival season we recommend our new work Georgiana, the exciting story of the 5th Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Cavendish, and her life as a celebrity amongst dangerous liaisons, political activism, and reckless gambling. The sweeping romantic story and soaring music by Tchaikovsky in Eugene Onegin will also carry you away.


Is opera expensive?

It doesn’t have to be! Buxton opera tickets start from just £25, and we have a special under 35’s ticket for only £5.

Visit Buxton International Festival to discover more and find out what’s on this 2019 season or ring the Box Office to chat to one of our friendly advisors on 01298 72190.

Can I take photographs?

Buxton is full of spectacular architecture and scenic spots so please feel free to take as many photos as you like when outside the Festival venues and remember to tag us #buxfest19

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We politely ask that you do not use your mobile phone during the performance and photography and filming are not permitted.

Will I understand what is being sung?

Although some of our operas are sung in their original language, many will be sung in English. All opera performances at Buxton have surtitles by the side of the stage. Opera is an immersive musical and theatrical experience and so the action on stage often aids the understanding of the drama.

Do I need to read up about the opera before I attend?

We provide a synopsis of each of our operas in the Festival Programme Book and you can book to attend one of our £2 pre-Performance talks with the creative teams responsible for bringing the productions to the stage.

When should I clap at the opera?

It’s usual to wait until the end of an aria, or until a pause in the action, before clapping.

What shall I wear to the opera?

There is no set dress code at Buxton – although people like to dress-up a little for first nights, we want our audiences to feel relaxed so wear what you feel comfortable in. Buxton Opera House has limited air conditioning so in hot weather dress with that in mind.