Buxton International Festival has announced the hugely popular opera, music and book festival WILL go ahead this summer, from 8th – 25th July. Public booking has now opened and the full programme is now available on their website.
The festival which celebrated its 40th year in 2020 has become a main stay in the opera calendar, attracting a wide audience from across the UK and oversees. Gaining a reputation for often featuring productions of rare and unusual masterworks, it’s wonderful news that this jewel in Buxton’s crown will be back. Of course there will inevitably be changes due the pandemic such as reduced capacity numbers in venues and the use of face coverings. Visitors will also see extra signage, hand sanitiser stations in place and there will be enhanced cleaning.
‘Full’ festival planned
A ‘full’ festival is planned for 2021 and this years opera series features Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, a co-production with conductor John Andrews (nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2021 Opera recording of the year); a co-production with the Early Opera Company of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, conducted by Christian Curnyn; a brand new BIF production of Pauline Viardot’s Opéra comique Cendrillon; and Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, a Buxton International Festival Platform 3 Production, designed to provide a platform for all ages to create, perform and engage with the arts.
Programme to feature musical for very first time
In addition, the Festival is offering a musical for the first time, a co-production with Buxton Opera House of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, starring Olivier Award-winning Janie Dee, directed by Paul Kerryson and conducted by Wyn Davies.
The Festival’s books programme boasts some of the most exciting new publications of 2021. It offers events of cultural escapism with ‘voices’ from radio and television, and as ever, it does not shy away from controversial subjects. Highlights include events on land reform, the leadership style of our British Prime Ministers, slave trade reparations, and the future of Brexit Britain.
The festival programme is now available online and tickets are now on sale – with limited availability. Public booking opened 4th May 2021.
Find out more at buxtonfestival.co.uk