This July, the highly successful and critically-acclaimed Waterperry Opera Festival will be returning to the Waterperry Estate in Oxfordshire. Set within eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens to explore, the festival will deliver a programme of bold and exciting new work in the open-air amphitheatre, a truly magical setting.
Taking inspiration from Britain’s most beloved playwright, Waterperry’s production of The Fairy Queen will combine the magic of outdoor theatre-making with the enchanting early music compositions of Purcell, interwoven with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this innovative production will surprise and delight in equal measure.
For audiences both old and new, Mozart’s The Magic Flute will reward those new to opera with an engaging and exciting introduction to the genre, and entertain those familiar with a new interpretation of what it really means to search for truth, love, and wisdom.
But the jewel in the Waterperry crown is the production of Jonathan Dove’s CBE Mansfield Park which will be returning to the Waterperry Ballroom for another successful run. “I had always imagined Mansfield Park needing no scenery, just a country house of the right period, and Waterperry Opera Festival made this dream come true in the most fantastic way with their deliciously stylish production” says composer Jonathan Dove, himself an Honorary Patron of the Festival. Under Rebecca Meltzer’s “ingenious direction”, the Jane Austen classic is brought to life in an immersive performance of the “highest artistic standards”. With box office open audiences are keenly encouraged to book in advance to secure tickets to this popular event.
The Waterperry Gardens are the perfect location for a family day out, being only an hour’s drive from Central London. As well as a collection of spacious lawns, hedge walks and manicured gardens, children be enraptured by our lunchtime-show Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventure. Interweaving classical music and storytelling, all the family will be captivated by a relaxed and intimate theatre experience at the heart of the Mary Rose Garden.
Waterperry prides itself on offering accessible and socially relevant productions that seek to bridge the gap between performer and spectator. Our ‘Come and Sing!’ masterclass offers participants the opportunity to give opera a go in an informal group environment, while an array of talks aim to demystify the process of putting on opera and provide insight into the industry. In partnership with the National Student Opera Society, attendees will be invited to join in the conversation surrounding young people and opera. There will also be the chance to watch our two free productions, Britten’s Abraham and Isaac and ‘Dream’, a devised show inspired by our production of The Fairy Queen. Performed and directed by our resident Young Artists, this is an opportunity to see and support a diverse community of talented new creatives.
In the height of summer, the 2019 season will span for four days, running a diverse range of events across the Waterperry site from the 25th-28th July. “Like Glyndebourne minus the dinner jacket”, the Waterperry Opera Festival will showcase “operatic voices and physical performance equal to the best in London, but for half the cost or less” (Everything Theatre). A celebration of extraordinary indoor and outdoor theatre at a beautiful and unique location, audiences of all ages can enjoy stories of significance and beauty through an engaging art form.
Here is a link below to the festival’s website and more information – http://www.waterperryoperafest
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask Rhiannon Merrifield, Waterperry Festival Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org