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11:00-12:00        Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

12:30-13:30        ‘Come and Sing with Waterperry Opera Festival’

14:30-15:15        Young Artist Gala

16:00-17:00        Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

18:30-22:15        Carmen

About Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes is a swashboggling show that will leave families full of laughter and joy! Through the celebrated words of Roald Dahl, delve into the world of fairy tales and adventure with our interactive, phizz-whizzing family-friendly show; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. ​With a running time of just under an hour, and ideal for ages 5+, this tale will capture the imagination through music, dance and spoken word that will leave families full of laughter and joy. A raucous adventure awaits!

Every paid ticket to the festival also includes full garden access so you can spend a whole day out with the family. Bring a picnic and we’ll keep the young ones entertained for you!

Find out more and book tickets at: https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk/roald-dahls-revolting-rhymes.html

About Come & Sing

Have you ever fancied having a go at singing opera? Well, this is perfect opportunity to give it a try in a friendly and informal setting! Held within the Waterperry Ballroom we invite you to rock up and sing up with us. The hour-long session will be led by our Head of Music – Ashley Beauchamp. No prior experience is necessary, just bring your voice and we’ll guide you through the session.

Donate and reserve your place here: https://waterperryoperafestival-tickets.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173628176

About the Young Artist Gala

Our Young Artist are the beating heart of our festival! This Gala performance, taking place in the Waterperry Ballroom, is an opportunity to hear these budding opera singers perform a selection of operatic arias and ensembles. The intimate setting gives you, the audience, an opportunity to get an exciting & up-close experience with our artists and support them on their journey into the professional world. Once the Gala is over head to our main stage to see the Young Artists in action as our chorus in Carmen.

This is a free event, with a suggested donation. Due to expected high demand a ticket must be purchased in advance to secure your place.

Donate and reserve your place here: https://waterperryoperafestival-tickets.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173628060


About Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The perfect aperitif before an evening of opera, come and witness a sublime performance set within the magnificent gardens here at Waterperry. This will be the very best in young talent – dancers in perfect balance and poise, perfectly choreographed to match Vivaldi’s masterpiece of musical expression for each season of the year.

Last year our collaboration garnered rave reviews, with Daily Info calling it “a perfect combination of music and dance” and Opera Scene it was an “extra treat…cleanly interpreted and executed” so expect a very special performance this year!

This production is a collaboration between contemporary dance students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and young local musicians from Oxfordshire, who will be pairing up with mentors from our Waterperry Ensemble.

Find out more and book tickets at: https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk/vivaldi-four-seasons.html

About Carmen

This production will showcase some of the UK’s most outstanding young operatic talent, alongside our 2023 Young Artists and the acclaimed Waterperry orchestra in a powerful, modern vision of Bizet’s Carmen.

Carmen‘s drive to live freely and independently brings her into deadly conflict with the world of male violence and control, as those who desire her seek to destroy her. ​

This will be performed in our purpose-built 500-seater outdoor theatre which is set on the Waterperry Front Lawn. The grand house façade creates the perfect backdrop for an evening high drama and sublime opera. Action takes place from 6:30pm in daylight and is transformed as the sun sets and the night grips the drama, and our heartstrings!

Find out more and book tickets at: https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk/carmen.html

About the Festival

We’re the opera festival with a difference… Not just grand opera, but family fun & entertainment too over 10 days across the Waterperry Estate. Ox In A Box described us as “So much a part of Oxfordshire’s summer calendar it is hard to imagine a time when it wasn’t around.” And the Telegraph said it was an opportunity to “hear some of the great singers of the future before anyone else.” So to find out what we have in store this year take a look at our daily schedule page https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk/schedule.html where you can view the entire line up and book your tickets.


Sat, 19th August 2023
11:00 am - 10:30 pm


Waterperry Opera Festival


Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens, Nr. Wheatley
Waterperry, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ. United Kingdom
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01844 339254

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