Building on a successful first year
Our festival extends next year to 4 days of programming, running 25th – 28th July 2019, with a broad range of events spanning across our site. As we embark on our second season at Waterperry, we look to the enchanted realms of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen. Our second season will embrace the magical gardens at Waterperry and it's intimate open-air amphitheatre to build upon the success of our inaugural year.
Our sell-out production of Dove’s Mansfield Park returns for 4 performances, directed by Festival Director Rebecca Meltzer. As will our family-show, Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventure, which will again delight audiences in Waterperry’s Mary Rose Garden.
Our popular Come & Sing Workshop from 2018 will return, offering anyone interested in singing with an orchestra an opportunity to give opera a go. Both our 2019 amphitheatre shows will also include pre-performance discussions, and our FREE events will incorporate our Young Artist Masterclass and a staging of Britten’s Abraham & Isaac, devised and performed by our Young Artists.
2019 Artistic Programme
The Magic Flute (Mozart) | 25th, 27th (matinee), 28th July
Returning Director Laura Attridge (Don Giovanni 2018) will direct Mozart's The Magic Flute under the baton of Festival Music Director Bertie Baigent for 3 performances in The Waterperry Amphitheatre. Laura Attridge’s powerful new production of The Magic Flute will explore what it really means to seek for truth, wisdom and love. Performed in English with orchestra.
The Fairy-Queen (Purcell/Shakespeare) | 26th, 27th, 28th (matinee) July
Also in our outdoor amphitheatre next summer will be an exciting new production of Purcell's The Fairy-Queen. Directed by innovative director Ruth Mariner, and led from the harpsichord by William Cole, this production will blend the captivating text of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream with the enchanting music of Purcell's masque, embracing the natural magic of outdoor theatre-making.
Mansfield Park (Dove) | 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th July (matinee performances)
Our sell-out ★★★★★ production of Dove's Mansfield Park returns to The Waterperry Ballroom for 4 performance, directed by Festival Director Rebecca Meltzer and musically directed by Ashley Beauchamp. We look forward to sharing this immersive musical experience, based on an Jane Austen classic, with more audiences in 2019.
Peter Rabbit's Musical Adventure | 26th, 27th, 28th July (matinee performances)
Our sell-out lunchtime show for families, in the gardens of Waterperry, will return in 2019, accompanied by string quartet and narrated by actor Oskar McCarthy. Peter Rabbit's Musical Adventures offers music interwoven with story-telling in a dynamic family theatre experience. Not to be missed.
Abraham & Isaac (Britten) | 26th, 28th July (matinee performances)
In 2019 our Young Artist production will be a dramatic realisation of Benjamin Britten's Abraham & Isaac. This very personal spiritual story centres around a father and son placed under incredibly difficult circumstances. Our 2019 Young Artists will devise and perform this piece and deliver it to audiences as a FREE event as part of our 2019 programme. This is a FREE event.
Young Artist Masterclass | 28th July
Our Young Artist Masterclass is led by Mark Wilde, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. This masterclass is an opportunity to see our Young Artists perform and workshop arias and songs free of charge. Join the conversation and learn about the process of developing into an opera singer. This is a FREE event.
Come & Sing Workshop | 27th July
Our popular 2018 event returns for 2019. Our 'Come & Sing!' workshop offers anyone interested in singing an opportunity to give opera a go. The perfect introduction to singing opera, in an informal group environment.