Surrey Opera seeks to provide opera to a high professional standard in Surrey, Sussex and Kent - at affordable prices.
The Origins of Surrey Opera
Surrey Opera was founded by the late Joyce Hooper MBE in 1969. In June 1970, she embarked upon the most ambitious project of her career, staging the Mozart operas, starting with the Magic Flute in Redhill's Market Hall. Surrey Opera was born.
This first production was a great success. Russell Smythe, who played Papageno, went on to the Guildhall School of Music and subsequently to a successful professional career, singing at Covent Garden and with the English and Welsh National Opera companies. With the financial success of this first opera, all the Mozart operas followed together with Beethoven's Fidelio, for which a tenor, Martin Cutze, was prepared to travel all the way from Germany to sing Florestan.
Realising, in 1976, that she would like a younger conductor to take over, Joyce heard of a brilliant young musician who was conducting The Marriage of Figaro at Blindley Heath. She handed over the baton to Jonathan Butcher, the present Artistic Director, who has continued so remarkably what Joyce Hooper started.
Patron: Sir John Tomlinson
President: Ted Van Loock
Vice-President: Peter Sidhom
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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Review - Minack Theatre
And here's the excellent review of #SOMSND from the Cornishman Newspaper http://www.minack.com/review-brittensdream/ at the #Minack Theatre
Camilla looks like she means business after Prince Charles gets friendly with a pair of beach babes
More national press coverage of our performance for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Minack Theatre last month in #Cornwall http://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1463420/prince-charles-meets-two-swim-wear-clad-older-ladies-during-a-trip-to-cornwall/
And we hand back the theatre after a sell out week @minacktheatre with Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, complete with Royal Command Performance. We thank Zoe, Phil & the team at the Minack for the enormous privilege of performing at the theatre, it is a never ending joy! Toi toi toi to the incoming company Newport Playgoers who are performing the play the Titfield Thunderbolt.
And after 4 dry days we have a wet Friday evening performance. As one of our chorus says, now we've had a proper #Minack experience!
We issue our biennial apology to Porthcurno as we are in the pub singing karaoke. As if singing 2 shows in 1 day isn't enough. Well it is technically tomorrow...! Sorry Porthcurno.
A great review for us @minacktheatre in the Cornishman local paper.
SURREY OPERA's cover photo
A fabulous picture of us at Minack taken by Clara Sudbury on Tuesday
The view from the stage door at the Minack Theatre
We are very pleased! And a lovely night for it too.
Minack Theatre sees royal visit from Duke and Duchess of Cornwall
From the local Cornishman newspaper featuring us & the Royals @minacktheatre