PRESS RELEASE: OSE's The Magic Flute
Opera South East presents...
The Magic Flute – by W A Mozart
Sung in English with Chorus and Orchestra
Opera South East will be performing Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Sussex Concert Orchestra
at Hastings White Rock Theatre on April 7th and 8th, 2017 at 7.30pm
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.
Notes to the Editor
Opera South East - who we are and what we do: -
We have been performing operas for over 35 years (since 1980) by bringing together enthusiastic amateurs and emerging/established professionals to provide a unique opportunity for singers of all ages and backgrounds to experience the thrill of opera performance with a full orchestra.
We have been a registered charity for 29 years (1988 - link) to present fully staged operas in and around Hastings that are affordable and accessible to everyone, performing high quality productions in English to encourage new audiences. OSE enable emerging singers to gain valuable performance experience under professional musical and artistic direction. We present galas and concerts, lectures and workshops in order to strengthen our involvement with the wider community.
We delight in introducing opera to new audiences, especially children (under-16s go free to all our productions when accompanied by an adult). We always try and outreach to the wider community where possible and this production has school children from Theatre Sense and Claremont School. We hope that their involvement with the company will help them gain experience in theatre performance and a deeper understanding of opera and it's place in society.
Indeed OSE is experienced at producing The Magic Flute, having done so before in 2005 under the same Director, in 1994 under Dennis Wicks (both at the White Rock Theatre), and 1981 under Gavin Baldwin at their last year at The Grove School. Kenneth Roberts has been Musical Director throughout. We like to think we get better with our productions over the decades, and have recent formal Accolades to show from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association - an Accolade of Musical Excellence in OSE's production of Carmen in 2014. The NODA Regional Representative said at the 2015 award (by when we had produced Il Trovatore) "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!"