Forthcoming OSE events
23th, 27th and 28th October 2018 - Baroque Experience
Opera South East are pleased to present their series of Baroque Opera in three prime locations in East Sussex in October. Costumed and candlelit, the programme will include music from the baroque period, featuring composers Purcell, Monteverdi, Gay, Handel and Telemann. Conducted by Kenneth Roberts and directed by Karen McInally, the chorus of Opera South East will be joined by the voices of Lucy Ashton, Marina Ivanova, John Twitchen and Oscar Smith, together with the Baroque Strings and Fipple Consort.
We shall be performing this in 3 different venues over the same week:
Next fully-staged opera production: -
La Traviata on 12th and 13th April 2019
Audition are on 4th November 2018 and information on applications is here...
Other events will be published in due course so check back, or join our mailing list (below or on the mailing list page). Past events can be found here, a history of past productions are here, and we've also been performing at several private events, and have provided choirs for weddings. New members of the choir are most welcome, as are volunteers behind the scenes
Our last opera: Eugene Onegin - 2018
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Calling all New Chorus - Consider joining our Chorus line for rehearsals for our next concert or opera production - see Join our chorus and apply
Welcome to Opera South East. We will be looking for new Chorus members to join us for our next concerts and operas. Whatever your singing voice, please consider joining us for rehearsals, generally held on Sunday afternoons.
We have a new page to describe this in more detail, so please see Join our Chorus... for further information and a contact form.
Audience Comments from Macbeth (April 2016)
.I came on the Saturday...was excellent... very powerful singing, and visually.... the fertility and child slaughtering themes really came across, and I liked the Gaelic language... postures also very powerful....the child actors did brilliantly keeping still too.
You were marvellous. I thoroughly enjoyed the opera, the entire cast was awesome. A lot of bottom slapping, which was quite funny.
The company have gone from strength to strength with [the Director's] input; [he has] them finely tuned and focused, the chorus really shone, in fact I think it's the best I've ever seen/heard them so bravo indeed!!
Needless to say principals were brilliant and particularly Lady Macbeth who was glorious to listen to.
We loved your artistic approach to the show and you always get your audience thinking Fraser - love that about your work. I can't understand why more people did not come and see it... They missed a fantastic show.
...a superb operatic experience, beautifully sung, costumed and staged...
...a missed opportunity for many who might have shared in this fantastic experience...
The Magic Flute 2017
Our most recent events - Our Christmas Carol Service, our Opera Workshop, and an evening with Gershwin
Macbeth - 2016
On Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd April 2016 OSE presented Verdi's Macbeth at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings on the 400anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. More info here...
Macbeth Act II Finale ‘Something wicked this way comes’
Macbeth Act 2 Finale after Banquo’s assassination, with ailing Macbeth and embarrassed dinner guests, photos courtesy of Mark Duncan
See this link for a full list of recent events
Recent opera news
Opera South East most recently produced Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' (April 2015) at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Photos are on the past production page...
Thank you to Glyndebourne, who were kind enough to tweet about us!
NODA Accolade for OSE
On Sunday, 5th July 2015, John Rycroft, Chairman of Opera South East, attended the South East Region NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association) AGM, held in the Wessex Arts Centre, Alton College in Hampshire, where he received on behalf of OSE an Accolade of Excellence 2014 for Musical Excellence in OSE's production of Carmen. Each NODA Regional Representative was asked to make the presentation of the awards to the winners in their region in 2015 (by when we had performed our next opera, Il Trovatore), and in doing so Anne Lawson of NODA said "Opera South East are an amazing Company. Just when you think they can't do any better, they crown it with another outstanding performance. They fully deserve this award!"
Video Clip from Il Trovatore Sitzprobe with the SCO
Follow this link for a full list of our past opera productions
Selected past operas and events
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