Off to a flyer

Maria di Rohan. Photo contributed.
Maria di Rohan. Photo contributed.

A summer celebration of the arts begun with packed out audiences as Ellen MacArthur’s talk at the new Pavilion Arts Centre marked the start of the 33rd Buxton Festival last weekend.

With hundreds of events over three weeks, there is something for everyone – rare operas performed by top quality international singers, a community opera engaging local adults and school children, 45 music concerts featuring big names, an all-star morning literary series and a line-up of afternoon talks by up-and-coming authors.

Glyn Foley, Buxton Festival Chief Executive, said: ‘This year’s Festival is bigger than ever, and we’re thrilled to bring another eclectic series of top quality arts events to Buxton this July.

“Our opera productions are of the highest quality and range from high drama, mystery and intrigue, to sparkling comedy and light-hearted performances.

“We’ve got well-loved personalities including Joanna Lumley, Melvyn Bragg and Alan Titchmarsh, as well as musical stars like Tasmin Little and Kathryn Stott, and a whole host of fascinating authors and speakers.”

The Festival is famous for its own unique productions of rarely-performed operas and this year’s series includes Maria Di Rohan – Donizetti’s tragic melodrama, Mignon - Thomas’s opera-comique and Saul - Handel’s classic oratorio in a fully staged production. Visiting opera companies bring The Italian Girl in London - Cimarosa’s sparkling comedy, Greek – Turnage’s modern version of the Oedipus myth and Monteverdi’s Flying Circus - a spectacular combination of comedy, circus and dance.

This year’s world music series spans four continents and includes thrilling melodies from Tango 5, thundering rhythms from the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers and sizzling samba from Brazil’s Caratinga, as well as music from India, China, Senegal, Iran and more.

Tickets are still available for most events and can be purchased online, over the phone or in person at Buxton Opera House. Under-30s are particularly welcome to this year’s Festival, with the best available seats on offer at all events for just £5.

For tickets, call the box office on 0845 12 72 190 or visit, where you will also find full listings. For a full brochure, call 01298 70395.