A unique opera festival with innovative, immersive productions and engaging participatory events; developed to create socially relevant, high quality collaborative work that bridges the gap between performer and spectator. Hosted at the beautiful Waterperry House & Gardens in Oxfordshire
The Festival Team
Meet our festival team, a group of emerging artists heading up the Waterperry Opera Festival
Rebecca Meltzer is a freelance Movement and Opera Director based in London, and a Festival Director of the Waterperry Opera Festival. Since graduating with a BMus from Durham University, Rebecca has undertaken a Masters degree in Movement: Directing and Teaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has worked and trained with companies and institutions including the Royal Opera House, British Youth Opera, National Opera Studios at Welsh National Opera, Dorset Opera Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Blackheath Halls Opera, The Music Troupe at Tête à Tête Festival. As a movement teacher she has most recently collaborated with Indomitable, Vonnegut Collective at Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera and worked with Genesis 16’s alumni choir, Echo.
Guy Withers is a theatre-maker and creative producer from Bristol, and a Festival Director of the Waterperry Opera Festival. He is Artistic Director of performance collective Indomitable through which he has developed Arts Council England funded performance and outreach projects challenging the forms of music, theatre and opera.
With a keen interest in R&D, he has also developed work with Mahogany Opera Group, Complicite, The Theatre Royal Bath, Helios Collective, English Touring Opera and Dance Umbrella. In addition Guy has worked for a number of companies focusing on Learning and Participation; including Glyndebourne Education, Royal Academy of Music Open Academy and Opera Holland Park Inspire Programme. Guy is also an award-winning tenor and a trained puppeteer and regularly performs with choirs and major opera companies nationally.
Bertie Baigent is an award-winning conductor and composer. He is musical director of the Waterperry Opera Festival, conductor of the London Young Sinfonia and the Percival Ensemble, and other groups he has worked with include the Britten Sinfonia, the London Sinfonietta, and Shadwell Opera.
Bertie graduated with a double first from the University of Cambridge in 2016, and now studies for an MA in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music where he holds the Sir Henry Wood Scholarship and Ernest Read Conducting Prize. As a composer Bertie has been awarded prizes by institutions such as the BBC, Royal Opera House, and the National Centre for Early Music, and his works have been widely performed by groups including the Aurora Orchestra, Fretwork, and the Britten Sinfonia. He is published by Stainer & Bell, and has received commissions from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Philharmonic Society.