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Buxton Friends of Buxton International Festival English Touring Opera Moorcroft House

Buxton has been praised by one of the country’s top orchestras for helping to inspire generations of musicians.

English Touring Opera   – who will perform on March 23 in a concert for the Friends of Buxton International Festival – say they have developed a “special relationship” with the town which has become one of their favourite venues.

And they will be bringing a programme which promises musical fireworks.

''ETO's relationship with Buxton is indeed a very special one,” said the Orchestra’s General Director James Conway.

“Buxton Opera House is one of the handful of venues to which ETO tours all of its productions in two visits per year. It is also one of the very few real opera houses we have the chance to play!”

The March 23 concert is part of the Festival Friends’ busy programme of exciting music in unusual venues, and will take place at Moorcroft House on Lismore Road, Buxton, home of Pat and Philip Holland, Friends of the Festival.

“The friends of Buxton Festival are the kind of people who inspire artists to be the best they can be,” said James.

The special recital features leading artists from all three productions ETO will bring to Buxton this season: Galina Averina from the Puccini double bill, Dawid (correct) Kimberg, who plays the Count in their new Figaro, and Luciano Botelho, an exciting Brazilian lyric tenor who sings some of the stratospheric music in their concert of Rossini seria opera, called “Fireworks!''

Also on the programme will be favourites from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Les pecheurs de perles. For details of the Friends events and how to book, see