One of the gentlest and most laid-back open air opera festivals is Bampton Classical Opera, taking place in venues in Oxfordshire, and Gloucestershire (London too) over the summer. Delightful and beautiful venues, no dress code, excellent bars, cheap tickets, and first class staged opera. This year’s programme celebrates Mozart’s 250th with the only performances worldwide of The Jewel Box, and also the 200th anniversary of the death of one of Mozart’s great rivals, the Spaniard Martin y Soler, with his hilarious Taming of the Shrew.
Bampton has an outstanding reputation for its lively and accessible productions, sung in English, with the country’s leading young professionals.
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