Itinerary

Tue 7 Jul

Independent arrival in Buxton and check in at the centrally-located 4-star deluxe Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa, just a three-minute walk from the Opera House. The Crescent was at the heart of the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s plans to establish a fashionable Georgian spa town in Buxton in the 18th century, and this new hotel will occupy the majority of this grade 1 listed building, as well as the magnificent Assembly Rooms. Welcome drinks and canapés will be served in the hotel before walking the short distance to the Opera House for that evening’s performance. After the opera, there will be a drinks reception with members of the cast.

Wed 8 Jul

The day starts with a walking tour of Buxton. Your first stop is at the beautiful Cavendish Arcade to sample hand-made chocolates from Charlotte’s Chocolatier and visit the Jantar Pottery shop to see some exquisitely crafted pieces of Blue John and learn about this precious stone’s unique Derbyshire history. You will then head to the Devonshire Dome (the largest unsupported dome in Europe) for a glass of wine and a taste of the award-winning cheese from nearby Hartington. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure before that evening’s performance.

Thu 9 Jul

A morning excursion through the stunning Peak District takes you to Haddon Hall. With over 900 years of history, its Long Gallery (reputed to be one of the most beautiful rooms in England), rare 15th-century frescoes and terraced Elizabethan walled gardens, Haddon provides a unique view of early English life, and is the setting for numerous films and TV series. Return to the hotel for lunch, with the rest of the afternoon at leisure before the final opera of this tour.

Fri 10 Jul

Independent departure.

Programme

7 Jul 19.15

ACIS AND GALATEA HandelInc

D: Martin Constantine

C: Christian Curnyn

Cast: Nick Pritchard, Mary Bevan, Jorge Navarro Colorado, Lukas Jakobski, David de Winter

New production (Co-production with Early Opera Company)

8 Jul 19.15

LA DONNA DEL LAGO RossiniInc

D: Jacopo Spirei

C: Adrian Kelly

Cast includes: Máire Flavin, Nico Darmanin, John Irvin, Catherine Carby, Joel Allison

New production

9 Jul 19.15

CIBOULETTE HahnInc

D: Jeff Clarke

C: Wyn Davies

Cast includes: Soraya Mafi, Eddie Wade, David Webb, Richard Woodall, Imogen Garner

New production

Independent Travel

Direct train services from London Euston to Macclesfield or Stockport station are available (approx. 2 hours) then either a connection to Buxton station (approx. 1 hour 10 minutes from Macclesfield or 50 minutes from Stockport) or a taxi transfer of approx. 30 minutes.

Prices per person

Tour price £1025
Single room supplement £270
Deposit required £250
Tour code BUX1

Tour price includes: Group transfers from included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, welcome drinks and canapés, drinks with the cast, sightseeing tour as described including entrance fee, introductory talks, best available ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide, the service of our local representative or tour manager.

Please note: Haddon Hall has some uneven floors and steps within the house and gardens, so may not be suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet.