2023 is a momentous year for the Waterperry Opera Festival, with eight productions this summer, including revivals of the critically acclaimed productions of Mansfield Park (Dove) and Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventures (Haydn/Potter).
Headlining the festival are brand new productions of Carmen (Bizet) and WOF’s first double-bill, Acis and Galatea (Handel) / Dido and Aeneas (Purcell). These are not to be missed.
The festival’s inclusive and accessible opera is open to all; for all ages. The perfect opportunity to fall in love with this splendid art form. Keep scrolling to learn more about all the exciting productions below.
11, 12, 15, 17 and 19 August
This will be a powerful, modern vision of the classic Carmen with its largest-ever cast and festival orchestra. Carmen‘s drive to live freely and independently brings her into a deadly conflict with the world of male violence and control, as those who desire her seek to destroy her.
Acis and Galatea / Dido and Aeneas
George Frideric Handel / Henry Purcell
16, 18 and 20 August
The very first double-bill production: two love stories, two tragedies, both fighting the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Come experience the magic in the stunning outdoor Waterperry Amphitheatre.
12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 August
Our festival favourite returns with our experienced cast, bringing Jane Austen’s world to life once again with witty charm and lively music in the intimate Ballroom of Waterperry House.
18, 19 and 20 August
A new outdoor dance staging of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the production will brilliantly fuse music and dance together in the heart of Waterperry Gardens.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes
12, 13, 19 and 20 August
A co-production with Opera Holland Park, the phizz-whizzing stories of Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs will leave families full of laughter and joy!
Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventure
Joseph Haydn / Beatrix Potter
12, 13, 18 and 20 August
Perfect for children ages 0+, this feel-good and engaging production interweaves music and spoken word.
King Harald’s Saga
12 and 13 August
This historical, epically entertaining, one-woman contemporary opera is a superb addition to your visit to the festival!
A family-friendly evening concert
A fun, informal concert designed for all ages to enjoy a joyous celebration of well-loved classical tunes!
Please see important ticketing information below
The link above will take you to a page with booking links for all 8 productions and a host of hospitality add-ons and extras. Each show has multiple performances, so be sure to click on each to view every option on the ticketing site.
Please note that the public box office opens at 9.00am on 17 April. Only supporters have access to Priority Booking to purchase tickets before this date.
If you need assistance booking your festival tickets, please email the Waterperry Opera Festival team at email@example.com.
If you’d like to speak to the festival organisers, please leave a message on their box office phone line at 07880 253556, and they’ll return your call as soon as possible.
Please note that the box office phone and inboxes are monitored semi-regularly, and you may not get a reply immediately.