Buxton International Festival 2018 and Book Weekend Nov 2017

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Festival Book Weekend

24th November to 26th November 2017

Tony Robinson


Buxton Festival’s next literary event is the Book Weekend from November 24 to 26   when Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable, BBC star Jeremy Vine and Blackadder’s Baldrick – alias Tony Robinson (pictured) – will be among the speakers.



Jeremy will be talking about what he has learnt from the thousands of listeners who call in to  his radio show, and author John Higgs will describe how history ought to be right up your street – Watling Street, in fact, the ancient road which links Dover to Holyhead and runs through the nation’s past as much as it does its countryside.

A major new biography of the artist Gainsborough will be discussed, and other areas of history will include medieval queens and Britain’s age of decadence.

Other speakers include Timothy Bentinck, Alison Weir and more….

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Buxton International Festival of Opera, Music and Literature 2018

The 2018 internationally renowned and award-winning Buxton International Festival, featuring opera, music and books, will take place from 6th to 22nd July 2018.


So far…

ALZIRA by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
7 July 2018 at 7.15pm

Verdi’s Alzira completes our trilogy of Verdi titles (following Giovanna d’Arco in 2015 and Macbeth this year), conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director Stephen Barlow, and directed by internationally renowned Elijah Moshinsky. Based on Voltaire’s play Alzire, ou les Américains, it is set in 16th century Peru, where the love affair between two Peruvian natives, Zamoro and Alzira, is set against a fight for independence by the tribesmen against the Spanish rule of the conquistadors. Described by The New Grove Guide to Verdi and His Operas as ‘an opera decisively ahead of its time’, Alzira finds Verdi experimenting with a realist style that makes it ripe for revival.

IDOMENEO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91
8 July 2018 at 7.15pm

Mozart’s Idomeneo, King of Crete was the 25-year-old Mozart’s thirteenth opera and marks his maturity as a dramatic composer. In the aftermath of the Trojan War, King Idomeneo seeks to avoid a terrible destiny for his son, Idamante, by ordering the sacrifice of Ilya, a refugee princess and the daughter of his enemy, not realising she and his son are in love. In a plot that plunges the characters (and the audience) into extreme emotional states, Idomeneo features some of Mozart’s most varied and inventive music.

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For more information on the festival and to book tickets go to www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

In April 2017 Buxton International Festival was named as one of 2017’s top 50 must-see events around the globe by music critics at The Times. To read more about this click here.

More information to follow as we get it!