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Presenting innovative productions of neglected works since 1978

NSO is a community based company. Its heart is its chorus and the expert unpaid team who do the administration and behind-the-scenes work. Professionals and amateurs work together to present imaginative, high quality productions, usually of unjustly neglected or lesser-known works. Each spring the chorus presents an “in-house” production while the major production tours venues in the South East, including London, in the autumn.

“New Sussex Opera has a history of successfully staging difficult and rare opera. We went along curious and interested to hear Weber's Oberon on stage again, but came away delighted and entranced. NSO struck gold with Adam Tunniclife and Adrian Dwyer; Sally Silver was in fine voice; Carolyn Dobbin was a complete delight”.

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“The chorus is wonderfully hearty..

Nicholas Jenkins conducts with evident affection… The orchestra attacks Weber’s marvellously inventive orchestral writing with irresistible bravado”. More…

Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph

“A fascinating and important revival: New Sussex Opera, enterprising as always, have revived Oberon in a fine semi-staging by Harry Fehr. Silver and Dwyer tackle two of the most preposterously difficult roles in the repertoire with great aplomb and flair, while Thantrey and Dobbin have genuine charm”. More…

Tim Ashley The Guardian

 “In Sussex, opera’s grassroots are refreshingly vibrant. I left grinning from ear to ear”. More

Charlotte Valori Bachtrack

 **** “NSO makes a speciality of such abstruse things and again made a triumph at Cadogan Hall”

Robert Thicknesse Opera Now

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New Sussex Opera Chorus presents  Purcell’s

Birley Centre, Eastbourne: Saturday May 2

All Saints Centre Lewes: Sunday May 3

Barcombe Village Hall: Monday May 4