Waterperry Opera Festival 2022

12 August 2022
20 August 2022
Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens
Nr. Wheatley
OX33 1JZ

About Waterperry Opera Festival 2022

2022 is an exciting year for Waterperry Opera Festival as they celebrate their 5th anniversary with 8 imaginative productions from Friday 12 to Saturday 20 August.

To commemorate the anniversary, Waterperry Opera Festival have comprised a lively, heartfelt, and visionary eight-day open-air festival, with refreshing new projects and familiar much-loved productions performed across the Waterperry Estate.

This includes revivals of their critically acclaimed productions of Mansfield Park (Dove) and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev). Headlining the festival are new productions of The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and Svadba ‘A Wedding’ (Ana Sokolović).

Their inclusive and accessible opera is open to all, for all ages. The perfect opportunity to fall in love with this wonderful art form.

2022 festival programme

Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: The Marriage of Figaro
12 to 20 August

The Marriage of Figaro

Waterperry Opera Festival Director Bertie Baigent will conduct five performances of Mozart’s timeless comedy The Marriage of Figaro on the front lawn of Waterperry House.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Figures in the Garden
12 & 13 August

Figures in the Garden

Jonathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden sits flawlessly as an evening’s prequel to the headlining opera The Marriage of Figaro at the Waterperry Opera Festival.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Mansfield Park
12 to 16 August

Mansfield Park

The much-beloved production of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park is a period-perfect opera that brings Jane Austen’s world to life with charming wit and stunning music.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Peter and the Wolf
13, 14 & 20 August

Peter and the Wolf

​This tale captures the imagination of all ages through music, dance and spoken word, immersing families in the beauty of nature and and is ideal for little ones experiencing classical music for the first time.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Young Artist Gala
14 & 19 August

Young Artist Gala

This year, the Waterperry Opera Festival Young Artists will present a Gala concert comprising selected arias and ensembles from several different operas.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: The Diary of One Who Disappeared
17 & 19 August

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Janáček’s song-cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, tells the story of a young man who becomes infatuated with an elusive woman, eventually throwing his life away to follow her.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Wagner at Twilight
17 & 19 August

Wagner at Twilight

An intimate evening concert of two of Wagner’s small-scale masterpieces, juxtaposing music expressing the purity of nature and the turbulence of human emotion: themes which are at once contrasting and yet both intensely Wagnerian.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Flora
18, 19 & 20 August


FLORA, a new commission, is a multi-disciplinary work exploring gesture and femininity through both music and dance.
Waterperry Opera Festival 2022: Svadba ‘A Wedding’
18, 19 & 20 August

Svadba ‘A Wedding’

Making its UK professional premiere, this women-led production of Ana Sokolović’s virtuosic a cappella opera Svadba
Please see important ticketing information below

Ticketing information

This summer, there are 2 different booking systems in place; one for The Marriage of Figaro and one for all other Festival Productions.

The Marriage of Figaro

For The Marriage of Figaro, you’ll be able to book reserved seats for the performance.

​All other Festival Productions

For all the other festival productions, seating will be unreserved and allocated on a first come, first served basis upon arrival in each performance space.

Good to know

In 2022, Waterperry Opera Festival is offering discounted tickets to Blue Light Card holders and those in receipt of Benefits Support (Disability Living Allowance, Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance). There are also concessions for those Under 30 and Under 16.

Dining Pavilion & Luxury Hampers pre-order

You can book several extras and items to pick up on arrival at the festival. These include a Dining Pavilion Picnic Table Seating, Luxury Hampers for two and the 2022 Festival Programme.

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