About us

Bampton Classical Opera was founded in 1993 by its artistic directors, Gilly French and Jeremy Gray.

Our well-established national reputation is founded on a policy of breathing new life into little-known works of the classical period, in lively and accessible productions of exceptional musical standards, with some of the best of the country’s young singers.

Our staged operas are always sung in English, often in our own lively new translations.

We are committed to relaxed, accessible opera at affordable prices.  Bring your own garden chairs (Bampton) and enjoy a convivial pre-performance or interval picnic (Bampton and Westonbirt).  Make new friends through our Convivial Companion scheme.  We run a licensed bar and our associate caterers can provide picnics to order.

"Ploughing a jovial furrow of forgotten 18th-century repertoire, and in the process unearthing some real gems like Stephen Storace’s Comedy of Errors, Portugal’s Marriage of Figaro and Soler’s La capricciosa corretta, and performing them in an idyllic Oxfordshire deanery garden for some of the best ticket-prices available in England, Bampton has punched far above its weight in giving a first break to singers and conductors who now have world reputations."
Opera Now

"The epitome of opera in a garden"
The Times

"'There isn’t a company in England with as sharp a sense of fun as Bampton. Season after season they dig up rare gems, served up with canny wit, visual deftness and a musical spring that make them one of the high pleasures of an English summer"
Opera Now