Buxton International Festival

Mansfield Park

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A Waterperry Opera Festival Production. Music by Jonathan Dove. Libretto by Alasdair Middleton based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same title. 

★★★★★ Bachtrack – “Mansfield Park sparkled with wit and ingenuity from start to finish. As intimate opera experiences go, Waterperry Opera Festival’s fresh, joy- fuelled Mansfield Park sets a new benchmark of quality, vibrancy and sheer fun.”

Waterperry Opera Festival’s period-perfect production of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park brings Jane Austen’s world to life with delicious wit and beautiful music.

Mansfield Park tells the story of Fanny Price, who is sent at age 10 to live with her rich uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, at his family estate. Jonathan Dove’s operatic treatment of the superb comic novel by Austen was commissioned by Heritage Opera in 2011. Since then it has become a contemporary operatic gem.

Directed by Rebecca Meltzer, this production has received widespread critical-acclaim and sold out runs at Waterperry in 2018 and 2019. Accompanied on the piano, 10 singers perform as an ensemble of loveable characters pulling at our heartstrings and making us laugh-out-loud. Packed full of humour and intimate charm, this opera does not shy away from risqué themes of seduction, love and scandal.

This intimate production brings audiences right into the centre of the action. Perfect for Austen and music lovers alike, be prepared to be whisked away.

Sung in English.

Licensed by arrangement with Peters Edition Limited, London.

Creatives & Cast

Rebecca Meltzer Director
Bradley Wood Music Director
George Ireland Repetiteur
Ashley Beauchamp Head of Music
Eleanor Burke Staff Director
Jane Black Costume Designer


Sian Griffiths Fanny Price
Milo Harries Edmund Bertram
Ellie Neate Maria Bertram
Sarah Champion Julia Bertram
Emily Gray Lady Bertram
Phil Wilcox Sir Thomas
Robin Bailey Henry Crawford
Eleanor Sanderson-Nash Mary Crawford
Lawrence Thackeray Mr Rushworth
Eleanor Garside Aunt Norris

Dates & Times

  • Duration: 2hr (includes interval)
  • Price: £25-£35



Under 35s (Next Gen BIF Friends): £10 (available from 1 May)