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Address:Bampton Classical Opera
Holcot House
Market Square
Oxfordshire OX18 2JJ  
Tel:01993 851876
020 7592 9102
Jeremy Gray**Artistic Director
Gilly FrenchArtistic Director
** main contact
Company type Repertoire Season Location
Regional opera Company Classical July-Sept Oxfordshire
Bampton Classical Opera was founded in 1993 and has won a strong critical reputation for its artistic standards combined with its exploration of the repertory of the late eighteenth century.  It stages rarely known works, with performances sung in new English translations.  Working with younger professional performers, Bampton aims at an accessible and relaxed ethos with affordable ticket prices.

The company performs annually in two garden venues, the spectacular Victorian setting of Westonbirt School near Tetbury in Gloucestershire and the Deanery Garden at Bampton in Oxfordshire, as well as at St John’s, Smith Square.  Festival and other major appearances have included the Theatre Royal Bath, the Bridgnorth Haydn Festival, the Buxton Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and the Wigmore Hall.  An annual concert is given on the feast-day of Bampton's patron saint Beornwald, 21 December, together with occasional concerts at other venues.

Productions have included the UK premières of Benda’s Romeo and Juliet, Gluck’s La danza, Paer’s Leonora, Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro and Salieri’s Falstaff, as well as rarities by Cimarosa, Haydn, Martin y Soler, Paisiello, Schubert and Storace.  The company works regularly with its own orchestras (modern and period-instruments), and with the London Mozart Players.

There isn’t a company in England with as sharp a sense of fun as Bampton
Opera Now

If any British company deserves a prize for quirky, courageous programming it’s Bampton Classical Opera
The Independent

A serious business with remarkable artistic standards

 EVENTS, by date
 PAST EVENTS, by title
- 2018 -
Songs for Nancy
London, St John's Smith Square: 7 Mar

Isouard: Cinderella
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 20, 21 Jul
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 27 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 18 Sep

Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors
London, St John's Smith Square: 16m Dec
Bampton, St Mary's Church: 21 Dec