What's on for us in East Sussex - Hastings, Battle, Winchelsea and Bexhill...
Official announcement - our Musical Director
OPERA SOUTH EAST - PRESS RELEASE
Opera South East is delighted to announce that with immediate effect Marcio da Silva has been appointed Musical Director/Conductor of the Company, taking over the baton from Ken Roberts, who announced his intention to relinquish this responsibility and retire last year after almost fifty years at the helm.
Chairman, John Rycroft, says, “The Company owes so much to Ken who, with a few close friends and colleagues, set in motion the beginnings of what today is recognised as a major player in the operatic world. Ken's single-minded drive to achieve this is a tribute to his overall skill and ability. To know we shall be in very capable hands of Marcio da Silva is a real bonus. Over the last decade he has made a mark on the musical life in Hastings and the surrounding area and has built up an enviable reputation.
Following Ken Roberts's decision last autumn to 'pass' on the baton of Opera South East, and with a stunning performance of Bizet's Carmen in April at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings, the Company is pleased to announce that Marcio da Silva will be taking over the podium next April with a performance of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, with artistic direction provided by Eleanor Strutt. As in previous years musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the Sussex Concert Orchestra. Performance dates at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings are Friday/Saturday 26th/27th April 2024.
Auditions for principal roles will be held on Sunday, 19th November, in St Leonards on Sea, and further details will shortly be announced.
Awards for OSE!
We are thrilled to announce today (19 April 2020) that OSE has today been awarded a Highly Commended accolade by NODA's South East Region (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) in the Best Opera category for 2019 performances for our production of La Traviata. Congratulations to the OSE cast of chorus, principals, the dancers, to Fraser Grant, Kenneth Roberts, to the Sussex Concert Orchestra, to the back-stage crew, and to all who have helped with admin and other support. Principals were Kristy Swift, Julia Bovee, Karen McInally, Harry Kersley, Arthur Coomber, Alexander S-Roberts, Oscar Smith, John Rycroft, David Woloszko, Jack Naismith, and Maya Godlonton-White.
The official NODA presentation is of course delayed due to the pandemic.
Well done all of you!
We also won Best Opera for our 2018 production, Eugene Onegin
and won an Accolade of Musical Excellence for our 2015 Carmen.
Link for more info...
OSE on BBC Radio 4
Monday 4 April 2022 - we got a mention on BBC's The Unbelievable Truth - 2 mins 50 secs in! OK, so it wasn't a 'truth' and was purportedly based in Southend, but fun nonetheless. Did they know we have a production this weekend?
Past production - Eugene Onegin - 2018
The Magic Flute 2017
2016 Macbeth Act 2 Finale after Banquo’s assassination, with ailing Macbeth and embarrassed dinner guests, photos courtesy of Mark Duncan
@OperaSouthEast With thanks to Glyndebourne for tweeting us
Video Clip from Il Trovatore Sitzprobe with the SCO
(by kind permission of members of the Sussex Concert Orchestra)
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)
Carmen, 2014 - Gemma Morsley (Carmen) and Barnaby Beer (Zuniga)
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With special thanks to The Sussex Concert Orchestra for your continued support of OSE
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