Waterperry Opera Festival 2023


11 August 2023

20 August 2023
Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens
Nr. Wheatley
OX33 1JZ

11 August to 20 August

Waterperry Gardens
Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ
01844 339 254
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About Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

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.

Carmen at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023


Georges Bizet

​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 at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

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.

Mansfield Park at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

Mansfield Park 

Jonathan Dove

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.

Four Seasons at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

Four Seasons 

Antonio Vivaldi

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 at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Paul Patterson

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 at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

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 at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

King Harald’s Saga 

Judith Weir 

12 and 13 August

This historical, epically entertaining, one-woman contemporary opera is a superb addition to your visit to the festival!

Waterperry Prom at Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

Waterperry Prom 

A family-friendly evening concert 

13 August

A fun, informal concert designed for all ages to enjoy a joyous celebration of well-loved classical tunes!


From £8.00

Please see important ticketing information below

Ticketing information

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 boxoffice@waterperryoperafestival.co.uk.

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.