Blog Category: Opera

Guest blog: Stephen Barlow reflects on the 2016 Buxton Festival

‘The first Festival weekend is without doubt a visceral and hugely rewarding explosion, exuding an excitement, summing up as it does much more than the year-long planning trajectory.’ It’s a pleasure to write in the afterglow of the 2016 Buxton Festival, when memory is filled to overflowing not only with the enormous number of events,… Read more »

Soprano Helen Bailey, the first recipient of the Buxton Festival Young Artists Bursary, talks about her career and her time at Buxton Festival

Have you always known you wanted to be a singer, or did it develop over time? I’ve always loved singing and had many chances to perform at school but didn’t actually decide to train formally until after my undergraduate degree in English Literature and a year of teacher training; I arrived in London, intending to… Read more »

Guest blog: Ella Marchment on her Buxton Festival experience

After five years, five different jobs, five birthdays during London rehearsals, and sixteen productions, Buxton Festival has become so integral to shaping the artist I am today that I might well have been the privileged inhabitant of a fairy tale land for the past five years. At 24 years old, even though I am still… Read more »

Chatting with Festival supporter Mark Sutherland

During the Festival, I sat down with Mark Sutherland who is a great supporter of the Festival. So Mark, could you tell us a bit about yourself? I live in Sheffield where by day I am a career civil servant working in project management in the Department for Work and Pensions. Outside of work I… Read more »

Welcome to our interns!

Each year, the Festival welcomes seven interns to work behind the scenes, whether that be running the opera surtitles, page-turning, working front of house, managing artists’ riders or doing some social media (because we’re very social media savvy here), each day is varied and different from the last! I was an intern a couple of… Read more »

Manchester Theatre Awards

Well, it seemed a bit touch and go as to whether we were going to make it to Manchester on Friday 3 March for the MT Awards… The arrival of snow on the Thursday evening and white out on Friday in Buxton – which is something we’re used to up here – but its timing… Read more »

We’ve been nominated!

Buxton Festival’s production of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (2015) has been nominated in the Opera category at the Manchester Theatre Awards! Members of the Festival team will be heading over to HOME in Manchester on Friday 4th March at a celebrity event(!) to hear the results. A blog post about the day will follow next month. Wish us luck!… Read more »