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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 14:08

Auditions for 2019

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We’re planning a production of Mansfield Park (by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton) with two performances at Haslemere Hall in Surrey, conducted by Mark Austin and directed by James Hurley.

Rehearsals in will be in London from 27 January and performances on 22 & 23 February 2019.

Auditions will be held at Royal Academy of Music, London, on 19 & 20 July 2018, and applications are invited from singers with conservatoire training or equivalent standard.

Please send CV and links to two video or audio recordings to with the subject line "Audition Mansfield Park" (without the quotation marks) by midnight on Friday 13 July 2018. Please don't try to send large files.

Friday, 29 June 2018 10:19

Announcing 2019 production

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“People love Jane Austen, even though those books are absurd to us, because we like the clarity of it” Nick Hornby

Opera South is thrilled to announce the 2019 production of a work inspired by the writings of Jane Austen. Mansfield Park by the well-known English composer Jonathan Dove is both modern and approachable, and since Jane Austen was a sometime resident of Chawton (Hampshire), we anticipate some local interest.

Described as Jane Austen's Cinderella tale, Mansfield Park will feature some of London’s foremost aspiring vocalists under the direction of Opera South’s magnificent team: Mark Austin (Musical Director) and James Hurley (Director). Two performances are scheduled at Haslemere Hall on 22 and 23 February 2019.

Watch this space for more news, and subsequently information about booking.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:40

New Year Party 2019

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Opera South's annual New Year Party is at The Georgian Hotel in Haslemere on 5th January 2019 at 6 pm. The number of covers is strictly limited to 100, and tickets are £70 (Champagne, hot and cold canapés, dinner and wine).

As usual, the evening will include an operatic performance and the names of the selected singers will be posted here in due course. At this stage, we're not quite sure what they will perform, but you can be sure that it will be in line with previous years.

Naturally, there will be some fund-raising activities, and credit card facilities will be available. Proceeds will go towards Opera South (Registered Charity No.1057907).

The menu is currently under discussion, but the evening generally gets off to a good start with a Champagne reception.

Please liaise with Sarah Barnes who is organising seating.

Telephone: 01428 643129


Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:17

Pavilion Opera Costume Auction

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Gorringe's Auctioneers in Lewes, is holding an auction of over 600 lots, Opera costumes from operas like Macbeth, Don Carlos, Il Trovatore, Maria Stuarda, Die Entführung auf dem Serail, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Cenerentola and so on.

If you're interested or would like more information, please go to

The auction date will be Wednesday 24 October 2018, and viewings are from Friday 19 to Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Sadly, Pavilion Opera seems to be winding down.

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