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  • Take in five main festival performances, including Rossini’s La Donna del Lago and Johann Adolph Hasse’s Antonio e Cleopatra

  • Experience a new English version of Donizetti’s Viva La Diva by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, presented by Salzburg State Theatre in association with Buxton International Festival

  • Enjoy a visit to the Grade I listed Buxton Crescent and an excursion to the beautiful house and gardens at Chatsworth

"Happiness with ACE - we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Buxton; the hotel, the operas, and our tour manager and guide were all excellent"

– ACE customer on a 2021 Buxton Opera Festival tour

Every summer the Derbyshire spa town of Buxton, surrounded by the glorious hills of the Peak District, presents a feast of opera, literature and music. The combination of established and promising up-and-coming performers makes for one of the UK’s most stimulating arts festivals, and over the years it has become both nationally and internationally acclaimed.

Our 2022 tour offers five productions, beginning with Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, designed by award-winning set designer Madeleine Boyd, and closing with Donizetti’s sparkling opera buffa Viva La Diva.


The festival is beloved for its mix of familiar and less familiar works, both old and new, and we will have an opportunity to enjoy Johann Adolph Hasse’s 18th century opera Antonio e Cleopatra as well as a new work Violet by Alice Birch and Tom Coult. A Music Theatre Wales production co-produced with Aldeburgh Festival and Theatre Magdeburg in association with London Sinfonietta, Violet tells the story of an isolated community who begin to lose an hour every day, causing their ordered society to fall into disarray, but enabling new opportunities to open up for the title character.


As a counterpoint to the operatic works, we will enjoy a performance of Styne and Sondheim’s Gypsy: A Musical Fable, one of the most famous examples of a ‘book musical’ and sure to be a highlight of our tour.


Making the most of our time in Buxton, we look forward to visiting Grade I listed Buxton Crescent. Built in the 1780s, it was amongst the first purpose built hotels in the country, and established Buxton as a fashionable Georgian spa destination. A major £50m renovation project recently transformed the Crescent and returned it to its former glory.

We will also make an excursion to the magnificent Chatsworth estate, to enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular house and to peruse its gardens.


We stay throughout at the four-star Best Western Plus Lee Wood Hotel, a comfortable hotel located in a Georgian building set in its own mature gardens.


This tour will be led by John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO, an international concert pianist and organist who has given concerts in venues ranging from California to Kathmandu via Wigmore Hall.

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Included: Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, four festival fringe events (subject to confirmation), breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: Travel insurance, twin/double room for single use supplement £175.

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