Dorset Opera Festival Box Office 2020
Dorset Opera Festival Box Office 2020

The priority booking period is over. Phone lines are not being manned due to coronavirus but online booking is open to all.

The Dorset Opera Summer School
The Dorset Opera Summer School

The world’s foremost residential opera summer school – sing with us or join our technical or wardrobe teams.

Social Events & Bluffers’ Lunches
Social Events & Bluffers’ Lunches

There are numerous social occasions occurring throughout the year. Please join us for a talk or a lunch.

Press Reviews

  • all respects, worthy of an international opera house...

    Michael Tanner The Spectator
  • ...led by two casts of singers that Opera North or WNO might envy...

    Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph
  • good as any of their country-house rivals...

    Michael Tanner The Spectator
  • …a perfect union of high professionalism and community effort

    Fiona Maddocks The Observer
  • Nothing short of phenomenal

    Opera Magazine
  • Spectacular and magnificent

    Independent on Sunday

Join The Friends of Dorset Opera

Opera is expensive to produce. In spite of the fact that our soloists often perform for a fee well below the norm, and that all our administration is voluntary, ticket sales etc. do not cover the full costs. In the past, we have been fortunate to have had the support of the Arts Council, The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, local authorities and local individuals. Sponsorship from businesses and grants from Charitable Trusts provide additional funding, but it is invariably necessary each year for the Friends to offer support from accumulated funds.


Previous Productions

Every summer, the Dorset Opera Festival gives six performances of at least two fully-staged operas, in the original language with full orchestra and professional soloists. The performances are of exceptional quality, attracting the attention of national critics and opera-goers from across the UK and abroad, as well as entertaining local audiences.

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