Opera South East is one of the few companies in the South East regularly performing opera with a full orchestra and chorus. Under the musical direction of Kenneth Roberts, it is recognised for its quality productions featuring established local singers performing alongside professionals. Opera South East endeavours to widen the appeal of opera throughout the region and to form international links. It also involves local schools and colleges, giving young people the opportunity participate in all aspects of opera. More about OSE...
Next production: Madame Butterfly
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October - White Rock Theatre, Hastings - this weekend!
One of the most popular operas ever composed, Madame Butterfly tells the tale of a teenage geisha trapped between the contrasting cultures of America and Japan, and ultimately rejected by both.
Married in a ceremony of convenience to an American naval officer, who then returns home without her to his native land, Cio Cio San sits and patiently waits for the 'One Fine Day' when he will come back to her. Yet, when he finally returns after three years, the ending is a tragic one!
This production by Opera South East brings the action forward to the 1920s when Japan was beginning to embrace western culture and yet its relationship with the States was heading towards one of its lowest points ever. Using a blend of western and traditional Japanese staging techniques, and taking its aesthetic from lacquer boxes, shoji screens and American city skylines, it promises to be both heartbreaking and beautiful.
Not to be missed!
Link to the White Rock Theatre website ticket booking office
The box office is now open!
Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) is played by Elizabeth Roberts, who was the soprano soloist at the lighting of the Cauldron in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Opera South East is participating in the first-ever nationwide
Family Arts Festival
aimed at encouraging families to the arts. Join us at 6pm on Saturday, 26th October before the first performance for an introduction to Madame Butterfly. It's free to ticket-holders for that evening’s performance of Madame Butterfly and to anyone who attended on Friday on production of their ticket.