Win tickets to the opera

buxton festival logoThe 2015 Buxton Festival’s much anticipated opera performances include Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and a concert performance of Charpentier’s Louise.

Ticket booking opens to the public today and artsbeat is offering two lucky readers the chance to each win a pair of tickets to the opera of their choice.

Olivier award-winning Elijah Moshinsky, who has previously directed productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will be directing Giovanna d’Arco and the Northern Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Stuart Stratford.

Australian soprano Kate Ladner, who had her debut at the Derbyshire festival in 2012 is taking the role of Giovanna in Verdi’s interpretation of the story of Joan of Arc.

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tale of tragedy based on Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor and the NCO is being conducted by the festival’s artistic director Stephen Barlow.

Elin Pritchard, a graduate of the National Opera Studio in London, takes the role of Lucia and Adriano Graziani plays her ill-fated secret love Edgardo.

Dido and Aeneas is a co-production between The English Concert and Bristol Old Vic being sung in English.

It is an innovative, candle-lit staging of Henry Purcell’s first opera produced by Tom Morris and John Retallack.

Celebrated South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza plays the abandoned Queen of Carthage, and rising star David Stout is the Trojan hero.

Charpentier’s Louise is a love letter both to the idea of romance itself and to the city of Paris, shocking in its time in for its advocacy of free love and its revolutionary score.

Louise, a Parisian seamstress, is in love with Julien, a young poet, despite the disapproval of her working-class parents. She must chose between love and family duty.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the pairs of tickets you need to tell us when and where Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco was first performed.

Either email your answer with your name, address and daytime telephone number to putting Opera competition in the subject line or post it with the same details to 19 Nottingham Road, Belper, DE56 1JG. Closing date, April 24.

For more details about the operas and the festival go to