Forthcoming OSE events
Our next fully-staged opera production is: -
La Traviata on 12th and 13th April 2019
by Giuseppe Verdi, performed at Hastings White Rock Theatre
with the Sussex Concert Orchestra
Aching to belong yet desperate to be free, Violetta finds herself trapped in a dying body just as a youthful and ardent lover gives her very existence new meaning.
As her life fades away, memories of the recent past swirl before her.
Set against the backdrop of a Paris about to be changed for ever, this production of the most beloved of all operas promises to be both poignant and exciting.
Tickets: £21, £17 & £13 (including booking fee) fee-free for White Rock Friends and Groups of 8+ Accompanied children under 16 free
Ticket Of ce: 01424 462288 or via www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk
There will be a pre-show talk from the director and cast members at 6pm on Saturday April 13th. This is free and open to all ticket holders from both evenings.
La Traviata is an opera in three acts is based on the novel, La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas fils. The opera was originally entitled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Featuring the famous drinking song, a brindisi, Libiamo ne’lieti calici. This now timeless opera will thrill audiences.
Save the date! Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2019
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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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.
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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...
Audience Reviews from previous 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)
The Magic Flute 2017
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
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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
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Selected past operas and events
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