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The Buxton Opera Festival

4 nights Price from £1,156 per person
Departs: 02 Jul 2020, 06 Jul 2020
Departs: 02 Jul 2020

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The Buxton International Festival celebrated its 40th birthday in 2019. Originally founded to present little known operas in the town’s magical opera house, designed by Frank Matcham, the Festival has extended its remit considerably in the past decade or so with one of the most varied and wide ranging programmes of any UK festival. The operas still hold centre stage but throughout the day visitors can enjoy recitals, concerts and a dynamic literary festival, all taking place at different venues throughout the town. Buxton is a lovely spa town in the heart of the glorious Peak District.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners
  • Tickets for three operas and one chamber concert or song recital
  • All sightseeing entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • Day 1-5 - 2 July Tour Itinerary

    We stay at the long established and family run Lee Wood Hotel for this tour. Located about eight minutes’ walk from the opera house in Buxton, the hotel has a comfortable lounge, bar and restaurant. There is also a spa. In addition to the visit to Chatsworth, there will be an excursion to Haddon Hall, a glorious Elizabethan house near Bakewell and one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. A recital or chamber music concert will also be included on both dates.
  • Day 1-5 - 6 July Tour Itinerary

    This tour will be based at The Old Hall Hotel in the very centre of Buxton, just opposite the Opera House. This historic hotel has a lounge, bar and restaurant. We will include two excursions. There will be a visit to Kedleston Hall, a magnificent neo-classical house by Robert Adam designed for the Curzon family who still live in the Hall today. In addition to the magnificent collections here, visitors can enjoy the Eastern Museum which celebrates Lord Curzon’s time as the Viceroy of India – 1899-1905. The second visit is to Chatsworth, the glorious seat of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Departure Dates and Prices

02 Jul 2020

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Price from£1156

Single Supp.£132

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06 Jul 2020

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Price from£1310

Single Supp.£270

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Declan Hamilton

Declan Hamilton

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Music Programme

Ciboulette by Hahn
July 3 and July 9
Reynaldo Hahn (1875 -1947) was born in Caracas and moved to Paris when he was three. He died in Paris having had an extraordinarily diverse career. His rarely performed operetta, Ciboulette, is a nostalgic gesture of farewell to the genre. First performed in Paris in1923 the far-fetched story of the eponymous heroine is brought to life by Hahn’s sparkling, frothy and refinished – a perfect piece for Buxton.

La donna del lago by Rossini
July 5 (matinee) and July 8
Here the Buxton Festival returns to more familiar territory with performances of Tchaikovsky’s best loved and most often performed opera based on the novel, written in verse, by Pushkin. The opera was first performed on 19 March 1879 at the Maly Theatre, Moscow.

Acis and Galatea by Handel
7 July
Handel’s delightful pastoral work was first performed as a one act work at Cannons, the Edgware home of the Duke of Chandos. It was given during the summer of 1718, reputedly on the terrace overlooking the magnificent gardens. The libretto was by John Gay. The work was changed into a two-act piece in 1731 and includes some of Handel’s best known arias.

A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim 
4 July
Stephen Sondheim’s popular work was given its first performance at the Schubert Theatre, New York on 25 February 1973. It ran for more than 600 hundred performances in Manhattan. The London premiere took place two years later, in 1975 starring Hermione Gingold. Sondheim wrote both the lyrics and music for this work which is based on a Bergman film, Smile on Summer Night. It includes some of the composer’s best known songs - Send in the Clowns, The Miller’s Son, Weekend in the Country and many more.

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Good decision to book

By Mrs B, Oxfordshire, 15 August 2017

All personnel I spoke to were efficient and inspired confidence that I was making a good decision to book. The Tour Leader was splendid, with just the right amount of kindly attention and help. 

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