A Buxton International Festival production, featuring the Orchestra of Opera North.

Ernani is the opera that propelled Verdi to worldwide fame but has since become one of his lesser-performed works.  It was his first collaboration with librettist Francesco Maria Piave, a hugely successful pairing that was followed by La traviata and Rigoletto.

The story is one of vengeance, conspiracy, and love; set in a world where honour and chivalry are valued above all else.  It centres on the outlaw Ernani who is plotting to depose Don Carlos, the King of Spain, to avenge his father’s murder.  The woman he loves, Elvira, is engaged to her uncle, the grandee de Silva, against her will.  When the young lovers plan to elope they are discovered by de Silva and the king, who kidnaps Elvira for himself.  What price is Ernani prepared to pay to rescue the woman he loves, and for justice?  As the horn sounds for the moment of his reckoning, will there be a happy ever after?

Ernani will be conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director Adrian Kelly.  Director Jamie Manton makes a welcome return to Buxton, following his critically acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin (2019).  Since then, he’s enjoyed great success with English National Opera, The Canadian Opera Company and Nevil Holt Opera.

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the 1830 play Hernani by Victor Hugo.  Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Please be aware: This production involves death, blood, themes of physical and mental abuse, torture and suggestion of gun violence.



Adrian Kelly Conductor

Jamie Manton Director

Corina Wuersch Movement/Assistant Director

Sami Fendall Designer



Roman Arndt Ernani

André Heyboer Don Carlo

Alastair Miles Don Ruy Gomez de Silva  

Nadine Benjamin Elvira

Jane Burnell Giovanna

Emyr Lloyd Jones Don Riccardo

Theo Perry Jago



06, 10, 12, 14, 17 Jul 2024


£25 - £88

Concessions: £10 tickets are available for under 35 year olds who are part of the Friends of BIF's Next Gen Scheme.


Buxton Opera House

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Dates, times & booking

  • Sat 6 Jul 2024 7.15pm - 10.15pm Book
  • Wed 10 Jul 2024 7.15pm - 10.15pm Book
  • Fri 12 Jul 2024 7.15pm - 10.15pm Book
  • Sun 14 Jul 2024 (Matinee) 2.00pm - 5.00pm Book
  • Wed 17 Jul 2024 7.15pm - 10.15pm Book