Buxton International Festival of Opera, Music and Literature 2017

2017 internationally renowned and award-winning Buxton International Festival, featuring opera, music and books, will take place from 7 to 23 July 2017.

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This year’s Festival operas bring tales of tragedy, comedy and redemption. Shakespearen tragedy in the original, 1847 version Verdi’s Macbeth, Benjamin Britten’s comedy of small-town manners, Albert Herring, and a tyrant redeemed by love in the 16-year-old Mozart’s Lucio Silla.

We also host the only performance in England of Music Theatre Wales’ new Welsh-language opera Y Twr; Helios Collective’s follow-up to Hathaway, Il Letto and the ever-popular Scenes from an Opera.

For the Opera dates click here.


There is a full music programme. World-class classical soloists including pianists Paul Lewis, Melvyn Tan, Christian Blackshaw and Imogen Cooper; guitarist Andrey Lebedev, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, and violinist Joo Yeon Sir; singers Roderick Williams, Sarah Connolly, Sir John Tomlinson, Alwyn Mellor and Paul Nilon
Internationally renowned ensembles including The Brodsky Quartet, The English Concert, The Fitzwilliam Quartet, The Consone Quartet, Quatuor Mosaiques, three concerts from the Northern Chamber Orchestra and The Endellion String Quartet.
All these and more bring musical variety to Buxton.

To see all the dates for the music click here.


Lots of choice in the Book Festival. There’s a history and politics theme to this year’s Book Festival with Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen, David Starkey on Henry VIII, and figures including Jeremy Paxman, Chris Patten, Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown, Margaret Hodge, Richard Dannatt and Alan Johnson reflecting on the current state of Britain today, alongside subjects including art dealers, Renaissance princes, the Queen, Thomas Telford, the Iraq War, the Brexit campaign and remarkable manuscripts; as well as actress Patricia Routledge, vicar and broadcaster Rev Richard Coles and novelist Joanne Harris (both in a talk and in concert with her ‘Storytime’ band).

To see all the book dates click here.

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!


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