Buxton International Opera was awarded the Achievement Award in Opera at the annual UK Theatre Awards, held at London’s Guildhall on Sunday 27 October 2019.

Competing against Opera North and Welsh National Opera, Buxton won the award for the first time in the company’s 40-year history thanks to its world premiere of Georgiana, a pasticcio based on the life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

Michael Williams, Buxton International Opera’s CEO (and writer of the libretto) commented on the win: ‘There is something special happening in Buxton and it’s wonderful that the UK Theatre Award panellists recognised the innovation and success of Georgiana at our 40th anniversary. Huge credit to the creative team headed by Matthew Richardson and Mark Tatlow, the fabulous cast, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the festival technical team that pulled off five operas in 17 days. Roll on 2020 for more great opera at the Buxton Opera House!’