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Waterperry Opera Festival 2023, UK

11 August 2023 - 20 August 2023

Free – £85

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The Waterperry Opera Festival returns to the wonderful gardens of Waterperry House in August.

This year the festival will include productions as well as workshops, masterclasses and talks, as well as for the first time a Waterperry Prom on the front gardens.

Performances include: Bizet’s Carmen; Handel’s Acis and Galatea performed with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, as well as Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Mansfield Park, photo Robert Workman

Guy Withers, Artistic Director & CEO, says, the festival is for everyone.

“For 2023 we have created an ambitious season of eight different productions; our most ever. We are taking artistic risks to create the exciting operatic experiences that will captivate the next generation of audiences as well as our loyal followers.

“We have two productions for families and children, and, for the first time, a relaxed Waterperry Prom’s concert. Waterperry is a place where all are welcome, and we want to make sure there are no barriers to any young person enjoying or engaging with classical music and opera.”

Waterperry Opera Festival
The wonderful Waterperry Gardens will be the setting for the Waterperry Opera 2021, photo Mark Bibby Jackson

Waterperry Opera Festival 2023 Schedule

This year’s festival will include the following performances:

Bizet’s Carmen on 11, 12, 15, 17 and 19 August @ 6:30pm.

Acis and GalateaDido and Aeneas on 16, 18, 20 August @ 6:30pm.

Mansfield Park on 11 to 13, 15 and 17 August @ 2pm.

Revolting Rhymes on 12 to 13, and 19 to 20 August @ 11pm.

Also performed will be Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventures, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and King Harald’s Saga. There will also be a Prom on the front lawn on 13 August at 6:30pm.

Read Mark Bibby Jackson’s review of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love at the 2021 festival.

Waterperry Opera Festival
Audience in Amphitheatre

Where is the Festival?

It is held in the gardens of Waterperry House, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, UK.

When is the Festival?

It will be from 11 to 20 August, 2023

Tickets for the Waterperry Opera Festival

Tickets can be bought here. Box office (07776 749 175) opens on 17 April (priority booking from 5 April).

More information on Waterperry Opera Festival

To discover more about the company and the performances click here.

Main image: Mansfield Park – Jonathan Dove, Waterperry Opera Festival.


11 August 2023
20 August 2023
Free – £85


Waterperry Gardens
Near Wheatley,OxfordshireOX33 1JZUnited Kingdom
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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