Forthcoming OSE events
Other events will be published in due course so check back, or join our mailing list below. 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
The Magic Flute - Directors Notes - 7th-8th April 2017
Mozart's humanist masterpiece is more popular than ever. It is filled with Freemason symbols and references, and aims to show us the majestic power of art and music, a force that can change people and tame beasts.
All the magic and wonder in this production has been created by a chorus of children, in collaboration with the director and design team.
Join us in our wonderful adventure as we explore this timeless masterpiece through the eyes of a child. Don't miss it.
Magic Flute - Pre-performance Talk
Members of the audience are warmly invited to attend a Pre-performance Talk given by Director, Fraser Grant, on Saturday 8th April, in the auditorium at the White Rock Theatre, at 6pm. A valid ticket for either night will ensure admission, for which there is no charge. This talk takes the form of a short presentation, then a Question and Answer session.
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Local events by friends of OSE
Sussex Concert Orchestra
Sunday 5th March 2017 - at 7:30pm at Christchurch, Silchester Road, St Leonard's-on-Sea, East Sussex, and are performing:
Join our Chorus as a new Member
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.
If you can join us on Sunday afternoons from May 2017 for our next concert rehearsals, then please try us out
Macbeth - Act II Finale pictures courtesy of Caroline Davies
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...
OSE's Next Opera - Mozart's The Magic Flute
Our most recent events - Our Christmas Carol Service and our Opera Workshop
Clash! - September 2016 for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings celebrations
Macbeth - our most recent production
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, and in doing so Anne Lawson 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!" - as by then we had produced Il Trovatore too.
Video Clip from Il Trovatore Sitzprobe with the SCO
Mari Wyn Williams singing from Act IV of Il Trovatore with the Sussex Concert Orchestra - Monday 20th April. Recorded on an iPhone without a proper mic but OK actually! If the video picture is not buffering well then we suggest you download the video and play it locally for best results - free to download for non-commercial purposes (copyright OSE 2015)
Rent a Choir!
If you have a wedding or other event for which you'd like to hire a choir of say 15 then consider Opera South East. A regular event would typically cost £500, plus £100 for an organist. Contact our Chairman...
Selected Past events
Follow this link for a full list of our past opera productions
Selected past operas and events
Audience Reviews from past operas
"Thank you for a memorable evening. The orchestra and production were outstanding, the staging and costumes were very well thought out, and so interesting to see elements of Kabuki on stage, wonderful principals..."
"First class performance by all the cast left us tingling with emotion." (Audience member - Madame Butterfly)
"one of the most engaging and satisfying performances of La Cenerentola that I have ever seen..." (Words and Music)
"a company that has espirt de corps and can deliver first class opera" (Hastings Observer - Don Giovanni)
"a resounding sucess... tumultuous applause, standing ovations" (Schwerte Zeitung - Macbeth)
"I've laughed so much I need to go home to change my pants." (Audience member now preferring to remain anonymous - Orpheus in the Underworld)
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