New Sussex Opera is a registered charity No. 279800
New Sussex Opera, 5 De Warrenne Road, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1BP
+44 (0)1273 471851 or 475381
NSO is supported by
Lewes Town Council
The John Lewis Partnership
The Behrens Foundation
The Delius Trust
One of NSO’s favourite touring venues. It was built in 1884 and improved by Frank Matcham in 1903. One of the best examples of a small Victorian theatre,with an ornate interior.
Famous view of the chalk cliffs stretching West from Beachy Head. Just the place for a brisk walk before the opera in Lewes or Eastbourne!
NSO’s London venue in recent years. Built as a New Christian Science Church in 1907, it was turned into a concert hall in 2004. Its excellent acoustic and luxurious surroundings have made it one of the capital’s leading venues.The raked stalls and the low gallery create a surprisingly intimate venue where audiences can experience a very real feeling of being part of the performance. This is especially true when for NSO’s productions the orchestra is positioned at the rear of the stage so that there is no gap between the action and the audience.
SituatedIn the grounds of the Royal Pavilion and formerly the royal stables. Later conveted into a concert hall, it has been the venue for many notable NSO productions.
The picture shows Lewes Castle, seen from across the Paddock, with New Road in the foreground.
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. Its aims are:
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, Euryanthe and Oberon by Weber and most recently Mignon. NSO has used its own orchestra, but has also collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the Kent Sinfonia, the St Paul’s Sinfonia and now the Kantanti Ensemble. 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 list, become a member/ supporter, or become actively involved in NSO click on our Contact page. Opera is the most expensive of all art forms, involving all the costs of a theatre production combined with all the costs of a musical production. We control our expenses very carefully and our administration is done on a voluntary basis, so our productions deliver very good value for money. Even so, ticket sales come nowhere near covering costs. We are grateful to all who give us invaluable financial support. We continue to seek more sponsorship and also invite individuals to support NSO by making a donation on a per production or annual basis.
Supporters receive priority news of events, and receive various benefits, including discounts and opportunities to attend social functions and special events. They also have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping NSO to provide accessible opera locally at a high professional standard and at affordable prices; to further its educational work; to provide invaluable experience for those making their careers in opera and music theatre.
Support need not mean just financial support of course: contact us if you would like to explore other ways in which you might be involved and support our projects.
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