Whether you prefer Shakespearean classics featuring unhinged kings or Italian love torn tragedies of epic proportions, we have the very best opera houses in the UK and their must-see productions…
Best Opera Houses in the UK
1. Garsington Opera
Situated in the rolling Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, and only an hour away from London, Garsington Opera offers a collection of great artistic talent and quality. Their 2020 30th anniversary season which commenced on May 28th featured new productions: The Bartered Bride, 29 May – 30 June; Fantasio, 14 June – 20 July; and The Turn of the Screw, 1 – 19 July. Find the full programme here.
2. Grange Park Opera
A Great British Brand, Grange Park Opera is housed in The Theatre in the Woods, a five-tier opera house at 500-year-old West Horsley Place, on the edge of London and close to the Surrey Hills. Known as a demi-Eden, visitors can enjoy the historic walled gardens, sun-dappled woodland, a 300-year old orchard and the sprawling ancient house, West Horsley Place. Not to mention the entertainment; the summer lineup features Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin, 8 June – 7 July; Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, 6 June – 9 July; Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, 23 June – 10 July and many more. Find the full programme here.
On the 28th of May in 1934, the very first Glyndebourne Opera Festival began, and has since been the centre of growing talent and beautiful productions. The original, exuberant outdoor cultural opera extravaganza will present a 2019 summer programme with La damnation de Faust from 18 May – 10 July, Cendrillon (Cinderella) from 8 June – 2 August, and Die Zauberflöte (limited availability!) from 18 July – 24 August. Find the full programme here.
4. Nevill Holt Opera
While it only had its first season in 2013, the Nevill Holt Opera has gone from strength to strength and provided continuous support to growing operatic stars. June 2018 marked the opening of the opera’s new theatre at the Nevill Holt estate – a 400-seat theatrical masterpiece, blending into the estate’s stable-block and espousing the interior characteristics of early courtyard theatre. Coming soon: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, 25 – 30 June and 2 July. Find the full programme here.
5. The Grange Festival
In the heart of Hampshire, The Grange Festival is situated at the 17th-century country house, The Grange, surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside. The festival boasts operas as disparate as Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff and Belshazzar. The season also features [email protected], where classical and modern ballet feature alongside contemporary dance. Find the full programme here.
6. Opera Holland Park
Regarded as one of the most exciting Opera events in London, Opera Holland Park is an event not to be missed. Grab a picnic, pop open some champagne and enjoy Manon Lescaut, Un ballo in maschera and L’arlesiana. Perfect for the whole family or a romantic evening for two. Find the full programme here.
7. Royal Opera House
A historic staple in London’s cultural scene, the Royal Opera House showcases a range of operas and ballets, too. This season’s schedule features Tosca, 24 May 2019–15 July 2020, the great opera by Puccini set in romantic 1800s Rome and Carmen, the famous seductive story of Carmen and Don Julio, 22 June–20 July 2019. Find the full programme here.