Mansfield Park

Date: Saturday, 23rd February 2019 19:30

Venue: Haslemere Hall  |  City: HASLEMERE, United Kingdom

"Jonathan Dove’s new opera is something of a tour de force for both the composer and his librettist...

"He employs a piano duet, and the range of colours he achieves within this 18-scene opera is gratifying. The flow of invention and vivacious forward thrust creates a sense of boundless energy. The narrative is lively: characters are invigorated. The garden (‘Wilderness’) scene was particularly memorable."

Roderick Dunnett | Opera

How do you set a classic novel to music? Indeed how do you set that most popular of English novelists, Jane Austen, to music? When first reading Mansfield Park, Jonathan Dove felt immediately that it was an opera, so when he was approached for a commission, he thought of staging it in a large drawing room, using 10 singers accompanied simply and strikingly by a piano duet. With talented librettist Alasdair Middleton, he set about adapting the novel, and from the first words sung by the whole company, “Mansfield Park, Chapter One”, there is a strong narrative drive, impeccable vocal writing and wonderful ensembles that sparkle with style and wit.

Following the critical success of the first performances, Opera South is presenting two shows at Haslemere Hall, showing that the piece works well in small- to medium-size proscenium arch theatres and that it is the perfect work for young artists. See #operasouth.

Now booking at Haslemere Hall Box Office. The performance ends at approximately 21:55 (+/- 10 minutes).

The cast

Fanny Price

Kamilla Dunstan Kamilla Dunstan Mezzo-soprano


Lady Bertram

Rhonda Browne Rhonda Browne Contralto


Sir Thomas Bertram

Thomas Humphreys Thomas Humphreys Baritone


Maria Bertram

Carrie Ann Williams Carrie-Ann Williams Soprano


Julia Bertram

Sarah Shorter Sarah Shorter Mezzo-soprano


Edmund Bertram

James Corrigan James Corrigan Baritone


Aunt Norris

Rhiannon Llewellyn Rhiannon Llewellyn Soprano


Mary Crawford

April Frederick April Fredrick Coloratura soprano


Henry Crawford

Rory Carver Rory Carver Tenor


Mr Rushworth

Simon Gfeller Profile Photo (Credit Onur Pinar) square Simon Gfeller Tenor


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HASLEMERE, United Kingdom




All Dates

  • Saturday, 23rd February 2019 19:30
  • Friday, 22nd February 2019 19:30

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