We are delighted to announce the 2024 Opera Series:
- Verdi’s Ernani
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. Adrian Kelly conducts this new BIF production in Buxton Opera House.
Dates:6, 10, 12, 14, 17 July 2024 (all at 7.15pm except for a 2pm matinee on 14 July)
- Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disingano
Following the success of Acis & Galatea at Buxton in 2021, the Festival is delighted to again join forces with The Early Opera Company for a new production of Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. Conducted by Christian Curnyn in Buxton Opera House.
Dates: 7, 11, 15 and 18 July (at 7.15pm except for 2pm matinee performances on 11 and 18 July)
- Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen
In its second collaboration with Norwich Theatre, BIF presents Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen in Buxton Opera House. 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.
Dates: 5, 9, 13, 16 July (all at 7.15pm)
- Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate
This brand-new BIF production, written by British composer and suffragette Ethyl Smyth, 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. Performed at the Pavilion Arts Centre.
- Joseph Haydn’s La Canterina
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 accomplice adept at procuring suitors; an oily, lascivious singing teacher and a wealthy young lover. Performed at the Pavilion Arts Centre.
Join the Friends of Buxton Festival for priority booking, opening on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 10am. Public booking opens on 2 April 2024 at 10am.