Fri 3 - Fri 17 July 2020


It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

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Reynaldo Hahn (1874 –1947)

A Buxton International Festival Production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra

Reynaldo Hahn’s homage to French operetta is a captivating concoction of charming melodies, a tender, touching love story, and a celebration of everything that one associates with Paris of the Belle Époque.

Best known as a composer of beautiful French chansons, Hahn achieved great success with his few operettas, and none is more deliciously tuneful than Ciboulette. It tells of the improbable romance between an ebulliently spirited farm girl and a feckless young Parisian roué. The love affair is guided by a guardian angel, and an older man (someone we have met before in another well- known opera) who reveals a surprising past. Along the way we meet a host of memorable eccentric characters before the path of true love finds its happy end in a waltz song that you will hum all the way home from the theatre.

Wyn Davies, a Festival favourite, conducts the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Jeff Clarke, well known for his successful productions at Buxton International Festival and Artistic Director of Opera della Luna directs his own newly-created English translation.

Soprano Soraya Mafi returns to Buxton in the role of Ciboulette. Soraya is a Harewood Artist at the English National Opera and performs internationally. She won the 2014 Maggie Teyte Prize and the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award.

Lesley Garrett returns to Buxton, where she began her illustrious career.

Sung in English with side-titles.

Thanks to The Broderers’ Charity Trust for their support towards the costumes.

Supported by

Creatives & Cast

Wyn Davies Conductor

Jeff Clarke Director

Phil Daniels Designer

Charles Cusick Smith Designer

Ben Pickersgill Lighting Designer


Soraya Mafi Ciboulette

Eddie Wade Duparquet

David Webb Antonin

Lesley Garrett Countess

Richard Woodall Mr Grenu/Landlord

Imogen Garner Madame Grenu