In 2005 the Woodhouse Opera Amphitheatre was inaugurated with a performance of Dido and Aeneas by H Purcell. Built next to the lake and in a forest clearing with the classic raked auditorium seating of a Greek amphitheatre, it must rank as unique in the UK having also a specially dug orchestra pit in front of the stage.
Since 2012 Woodhouse has two opera veunes. Fully stage productions of small scale operas are now performed in our Opera Hall. In 2012 and 2013 our program was dedicated to late baroque / early classical period composers (G.B.Pergolesi, P.Telemman, D.Scarlatti).
Among our previous productions we have Hansel and Gretel by Humperdink, The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart and Carmen by Bizet just to name a few.
Woodhouse Opera has its own orchestra put together with outstanding young professionals. It offers a platform for young opera singers. These are the stars of tomorrow.
Performances start at around 4pm to allow our patrons to enjoy picnic breaks, visit the famous Gertrud Jekyll Gardens and see the Arts and Craft House built by Oliver HIll in 1926. We provide inhouse catering which offers champagne, drinks, meals, picnic hampers, strawberries, cakes and tarts. We have a large marquee and many tables along the lake that overlook the gardens for every taste and comfort.