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Fully staged, in a new English version by Paul Featherstone

New Sussex Opera has unearthed another neglected gem. Belle Lurette has not been staged in the UK for a hundred and forty years. Amazingly, Offenbach wrote it at the same time as he was writing The Tales of Hoffmann, as he was dying. The orchestration was completed by Delibes and it had its first performance a month after he died.
“The music is magnificent. In every way. For someone who wrote this score on his death bed the sparkle and tunefulness of every number is remarkable. And I mean really remarkable. The chorus of the laundresses is one big splash and sonic foam party. The ensembles are built with masterful care. And Lurette’s big solos have a bounce that will knock you flat”.
– Kevin Clarke – Operetta Research Centre
A film was made of a musical based on the opera in the DDR in 1958. It had more than three million visitors in East German cinemas, making it the most  successful operetta film in the DDR, or actually one of the most successful DDR films, full stop.

Malicorne – Paul Featherstone
Duc de Marly – Joseph Doody

Campistrel – Michael Ferguson

Belhomme – Giles Davies
Marceline – Kristin Finnigan
Lurette – Rhiannon Llewellyn
Merluchet – Cameron Mitchell
Cigogne – Tristan Stocks
La Boisene  – Giles Davies
Friquette – Rebecca Hughes

Conductor – Toby Purser
Director – David Foster
Designer – Victoria Gillians
Lighting – Jason Ahn
Choreographer – Kitty Needham

New Sussex Opera Chorus, St Paul’s Sinfonia


Lewes Town Hall
Thursday November 10 7.30

The Old Market, Hove
Sunday November 20 3.00 & 7.30

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Friday November 25 7.00

Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Tuesday December 6 7.30




An autumn concert by soloists and chorus of New Sussex Opera
Lewes Friday Sept 30
Petworth Saturday Oct 1
Pevensey Friday Dec 16
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**** “A Total Knock-out”

George Hall, The Stage

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NSO’s world premiere recording of The Travelling Companion Click for details

(Production nominated – Rediscovered Work category – International Opera Awards 2019


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“From the first bar, this production had it in the bag.” Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter – review of La belle Hélène


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