Founded by a group of opera enthusiasts in 1978, New Sussex Opera is based in the communities of Lewes, Brighton and Hove, although its members come from a much wider area, throughout and beyond Sussex. The heart of the company is its expert but unpaid chorus and the team which does the administration and behind the scenes work.
Its aims are:
To present an interesting range of opera, including lesser-known works.
To produce high-quality performances, involving professional, amateur, local and young singers.
To attract a new audience to opera and to develop and sustain interest in the art form. It is also involved in education: see education page.
Past highlights have included British premières of Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars, Tchaikovsky's The Enchantress, von Einem's Danton's Death, Offenbach's The Rhine Fairies and the original 4 Act version of Puccini's Edgar, while works rarely performed in the UK have included Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, the Paris version of Wagner's Tannhäuser and Euryanthe by Weber. NSO often uses its own orchestra, but has also collaborated with the Orchestra of the NCOS, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the Kent Sinfonia, and now the St Paul's Sinfonia. For more details, click the Archive link.
We have exciting plans for the coming seasons. If you would like to keep in touch with our plans by joining our email or postal mailing lists, become a member/ supporter, or become actively involved in NSO click on our Contact page.