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After sell-out success in 2018 and 2019, the team behind the Waterperry Opera Festival is returning to historic Waterperry House this August with a new mini-festival programme of outdoor opera. With a history of outdoor performance Waterperry Opera Festival is uniquely placed to adapt and innovate in the uncertain current climate to create opera, theatre and music.

Artistic Director & CEO Guy Withers says –
We are so pleased to be able to able to announce our new summer plans. It has been a long and difficult road, but we are glad to be able to welcome back both artists and audiences to live performance at Waterperry. Safety and comfort is of the upmost importance to us. We have introduced one-way routes, clear social distancing measures, enhanced cleaning of facilities, paperless ticketing systems, and restricted visitor numbers to mitigate Covid-19 and protect everyone who will be able to join at the festival.

Artists and organisations have hugely suffered due to the pandemic and it is so important to invest in the arts and for us to find innovative ways to reconnect with audiences and make new work. It is vital we support emerging artists so that opera cannot just survive, but thrive. We thoroughly support the #LetTheMusicPlay movement.

This August, Festival Music Director Bertie Baigent will conduct a costumed semi-staged performance of Mozart’s joyous masterpiece COSI FAN TUTTE, directed by Artistic Director Guy Withers, on the 15th & 16th August (5:30pm). Our cast will be made up of some of the UK’s most talented emerging singers, many of whom would have been performing with us in 2020 in our original programme, now postponed to 2021. Audiences are invited to attend the performances in socially distanced ‘pods’ on the front lawn of Waterperry House and enjoy a wonderful evening of opera.

Associate Artistic Director Rebecca Meltzer directs Jonathan Dove’s song-cycle ARIEL, based on Shakespeare’s character from The Tempest. In the beautiful surroundings of Waterperry Gardens, this intimate production offers an insight into Ariel’s world following the spirit’s release from Prospero’s command. Performances will take place at 2pm and 4pm on the 15th & 16th August. A film of the production will be streamed for those at home following the festival.

Box office is now open. Tickets for COSI FAN TUTTE will be £30 Full price / £10 Students & U18; tickets for Ariel are £8 Full Price, and FREE for Students & U18. Waterperry Opera Festival is committed to offering affordable opera and continually developing inclusivity and accessibility within opera. Over 1,800 people attended last year’s Waterperry Opera Festival, its second season, with almost all of the productions selling out.

For more info, updates and tickets, see waterperryoperafestival find Waterperry Opera Festival on Facebook or follow @waterperryopera on Twitter/Instagram.

“Mansfield Park sparkled with wit and ingenuity from start to finish. As intimate opera experiences go, Waterperry Opera Festival’s fresh, joy-fuelled Mansfield Park sets a new benchmark of quality, vibrancy and sheer fun. Starting at this level, the bar is set remarkably high for next year’s festival.”
BACHTRACK | Waterperry Opera Festival 2018