Past productions

An impressive past, a confident future

With baited 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 less than 5 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 images to find out more details of a production – dates, venues, cast and production team, reviews, stories and anecdotes.

The Dragon of Wantley 2024
Faust 2023
Bele Lurette 2022
Acis and Galatea 2022
The Princess of Trébizonde 2021
La Belle Hélène 2019 / 2020
La traviata 2019
The Travelling Companion 2018
The Elixir of Love 2018
Orfeo ed Euridice 2017
A Village Romeo and Juliet 2017
A Voyage Arounf G & S 2016
King Arthur 2016
Mignon 2015
The Indian Queen 2015
Oberon 2014
The Begar's Opera 2014
L'Etoile 2013
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Trials of Love 2013
Edgar 2012
Pleasures of Purcell 2012
Mireille 2011
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Law & Marriage 2011
Hugh the Drover 2010
The Rhine Fairies 2009
The Poisoned Kiss 2008
Idomeneo 2008
Tobias and the Angel 2007
Falstaff 2004
Lucia di Lammermoor 2003
L'elisir d'amore 2001
Cav and Pag 1999
Boris Godunov 1998
Dantons Death 1997
The Enchantress 1996
Euryanthe 1995
Count Ory 1995
The Rake's Progress 1992
Lost in the Stars 1991
Tannhäuser 1990
La traviata 1989
Faust 1989
Noye's Fludde 1988
The Flying Dutchman 1988
A Masked Ball 1987
Aida 1986
Benvenuto Cellini 1985
Andrea Chénier 1984
Il trittico 1983
The Threepeeny Opera 1982
The Queen of Spades 1982
Peter Grimes 1981
The Fairy Queen 1980
Boris Godunov 1980
Venus and Adonis 1979
Fidelio 1979
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