Pergolesi’s L’Olimpiade

Saturday 31 August 2024
Sunday 1 September 2024
Saturday 7 September 2024
Sunday 8 September 2024
3pm ’til late at The Vache, Chalfont St. Giles, HP8 4SD

L’Olimpiade (1735) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

An opera in three acts prefaced with immersive installations and pre-show performances. Running time will be 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval. Visit our FAQs page for more info about the VB experience.

Aoife Miskelly Licida
Nazan Fikret Aristea
Natasha Page Megacle
Bechara Moufarrej Clistene
Shafali Jalota Argene
Frances Gregory Alcandro
TBA Aminta

Jonathan Darbourne Music Director
Laura Attridge Director; Script Writer
Caitlin Abbott Designer
Rachel Wise Associate Director
Andrew Ellis Lighting Designer
Josie Ireland Assistant Lighting Designer

The libretto of L’Olimpiade (The Olympiad) was set to music by over fifty composers, making it one of the most popular in opera history. Based on the story of the ‘Trial of the Suitors’ by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, it has all the materials necessary for a work of high drama – loyal friends, crossed lovers, secret backstories, deception, disguise, and possible ruin…

For our 2024 Summer production, a cast of seven will deliver the story through Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s thrilling Italian arias and a newly-created English script by director Laura Attridge. In true VB Festival fashion the grounds will become an extension of the stage, with sports-themed activities and immersive elements from the ‘Trial’ filling the hours before the main show.

When the gun sounds, the opera will take just over two hours including an interval – a fast-paced, energetic performance reflecting the dash-to-the-line of this Olympic story. Who will win? Who will lose? Let the games begin.

Grounds will open at 3pm for picnicking and exploring. The main performance is scheduled to begin at 7pm, but may start up to half an hour earlier due to changing weather conditions. We therefore recommend that all patrons arrive no later than 6.30pm.

U35 tickets will be allocated across middle and outer circle, seated with others from your booking where possible. 

We are particularly grateful to Marian and Gordon Pell, and Earl and Lady Howe for their support of this production. Heartfelt thanks to all our VBFriends and supporters, who make our work possible.

Please detail any additional support (wheelchair access and spaces etc.) that you might need to make your visit an enjoyable one. Our box office team will be more than happy to assist you. We'll get in touch to confirm arrangements closer to the event.
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Ticket Band

Inner Circle (£90), Middle Circle (£70), Outer Circle (£50), Under 35 (£30)


Saturday 31 August, Sunday 1 September, Saturday 7 September, Sunday 8 September