England’s First Great Opera Venus & Adonis Performed in Beautiful Churches on Your Doorstep as Part of the Ryedale Festival 2023

Making wonderful and dramatic opera possible and easy to access for the residents of North Yorkshire is a point of pride for the Ryedale Festival. This year it brings England’s first great opera Venus and Adonis to the doorsteps of residents for the affordable price of £20.

The pocket sized, pop-up opera production is set to be performed by the Ryedale Festival Opera, conducted by Eamonn Dougan and directed by Monica Nicolaides, in a tour of three of the Ryedale region’s most ancient and atmospheric churches between Friday 21st and Monday 23rd July.

Venus and Adonis is a magical retelling of the Classical myth of these two well-known characters, following Cupid’s accidental striking of Venus with one of his love arrows. The mini-opera was written for the party-loving court of King Charles II, and explores the differences between desire, lust and love. Moving seamlessly between comedy, tragedy, worldly cynicism and witty innuendo, towards a devastating and unforgettable conclusion, this production is certainly not one to miss on its tour around Ryedale.

Friday 21st July, 11am – All Saints’ Church, Kirkbymoorside – Tickets on sale at https://ryedalefestival.com/event/22-coffee-concert-venus-and-adonis-i/

Saturday 22nd July, 4pm – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley – Tickets on sale at https://ryedalefestival.com/event/27-venus-and-adonis-ii/

Sunday 23rd July, 4pm – St. Michael’s Church, Malton – Tickets on sale at https://ryedalefestival.com/event/32-venus-and-adonis-iii/