New Sussex Opera

New Sussex Opera

Charity information

New Sussex Opera

* To stage brilliant performances of hidden gems;
* To bring the delight and excitement of opera to new audiences
* To create opportunities for performers and back-stage specialists to hone their talents and advance their careers,
*T o nurture new creative talent of any age.

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    Spreading the love of opera:
    • As a community-based opera company, we owe it to our local and wider communities not just to share our love of opera, but to encourage and enable others to discover the incomparable experience of actually taking part.

    • We arrange workshops for schools and other organisations to give young and not-so-young people their first real taste of opera; depending on the opera itself, taking part in a workshop can lead to performing on stage in an actual production.

    • We support and encourage individual performers, and our list of alumni shows the powerful, positive impact that learning and performing with us can have on professional careers.

    Despite its name, NSO's reputation extends way beyond our home territory: national newspapers regularly review our innovative productions and comment favourably on them. While our chorus-led productions play to full houses around Sussex, London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall has regularly hosted our major productions. 2019 sees NSO's production of C V Stanford's The Travelling Companion nominated in the Rediscovered Work category of the International Opera Awards, and in the autumn a recording of the last performance will be released on the SOMM label - NSO's first commercial recording, and the first ever recording of any of Stanford's nine operas.

  • Aims

    New Sussex Opera aims to:

    • To stage live performances of lesser known operas in innovative productions with high musical standards - with seats at affordable prices.
    • To bring the delight and excitement of opera to new audiences in a variety of venues.
    • To create opportunities for singers, orchestral players, members of the creative team and back-stage specialists to develop their talents and advance their careers.
    • As a community-based opera company, we owe it to our local and wider communities not just to share our love of opera, but to encourage and enable others to discover the joy of actually taking part.
    • To arrange workshops for schools and other organisations to give young and not-so-young people their first real taste of opera, sometimes with the possibility of involvement in the production itself.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 279800

    Board members: 12

    Volunteers: 60

    Phone number: 01273471851

    Address: The Old Stables, 5 De Warrenne Road, Lewes BN7 1BP

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  • Opera by and for the community 2011

    Our annual opera production enables local singers and musicians to take part in a producti... More