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Friday, 29 June 2018 10:19

February 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

Our February 2019 production is inspired by Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. The music of 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.

“I intend to make Fanny Price fall in love with me!”

While Sir Thomas Bertram is away visiting his plantations in Antigua, his Mansfield Park Estate is thrown out of kilter by the arrival of Mary Crawford and her fickle brother, Henry. Hedonists escaping the social whirl of London, they crash into the countryside and corrupt the Bertram family.

At the centre of the chaotic household, Fanny Price, Austen’s own Cinderella, watches helplessly as relationships are tested and the social order is unsettled. Will the Bertram daughters escape untarnished by Henry Crawford’s wanton advances? Will Fanny’s beloved cousin Edmund see through Mary’s superficial social charm?

Join Opera South in the friendly atmosphere of Haslemere Hall and enjoy Jonathan Dove and Alastair Middleton’s witty adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park - a thrilling enactment by a professional ensemble of emerging operatic stars.

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.

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