Past productions

An impressive past, a confident future

“NSO has this knack of latching onto brilliant talented people who are absolutely on the way up and about to be snatched by major opera houses”. Suzy Klein, Radio 3

With bated breath and crossed fingers, we raised the curtain on our first production back in 1978.

The seed from which NSO germinated was Breaky Bottom Opera. It presented The Beggar’s Opera, Dawnpath by Nicola LeFanu and Dido and Aeneas – in a barn at Breaky Bottom Vineyard, Rodmell, Lewes.

As our confidence and competence grew, we had the courage to present no fewer than five UK premieres. We’ve attracted fresh talent in many fields, from performing and conducting to direction and design. For everyone involved, each of those productions has been a rich and memorable experience; for many, it’s been a truly transformative one.

Just click on any of the titles on the right – or on any image below – to find out more details of a production – photographs, plus dates, venues, cast and production team, reviews, stories and anecdotes.