Sense & Sensibility by Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton

Our latest production was the UK Première of Sense & Sensibility: the Musical by Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton, based on the book by Jane Austen, at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill (click to book online) in the week ending Saturday, May 27th 2023. It was directed by our Artistic Director Jonathan Butcher and our Associate Artistic Director Christopher Cowell , who enjoys a worldwide opera directing career and previously directed Surrey Opera productions: The Flying Dutchman, Thelma, Die Fledermaus, Faust and Hansel & Gretel.

Here are a few photos from the production; no doubt we will soon receive more.

50th Anniversary

Here is a page celebrating our 50th Anniversary in the year 2020, many activities delayed because of Covid-19.

Anniversary Soirée

The much-delayed 50th Anniversary Opera Soirée took place on 3rd December 2022 at 7.30pm in Whitgift School Concert Hall.

The programme included music from five glorious decades of Surrey Opera productions, featuring many of our regular professional soloists, plus the Surrey Opera chorus and conducted by Jonathan Butcher – of course!

Don Giovanni

Our production of Don Giovanni by Mozart (postponed from 2020) took place at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall on 11th-15th July 2022, following performances in Croydon during June.

This dramatic, timeless story, first performed in 1787, is a black comedy for all ages. Ranging from farce to tragedy and set to Mozart’s magnificent music, with an English translation by the late and much missed Amanda Holden.

Mozart retells the Don Juan legend, portraying the Don himself as an anarchic force of nature, respecting nothing and nobody; the archetypical womaniser whose ‘love ’em and leave ’em’ philosophy challenges society’s norms. But, actions have consequences. Everyone’s favourite scoundrel leaves behind a trail of destruction and devastation, until Fate takes a hand and supernatural judgement intervenes.

It was directed by Leon Berger, designed by Jill Wilson and conducted by Jonathan Butcher.

See a gallery of photos from our Croydon production here .

Read a review by Jenni Balow in The Cornishman. .

Take a peek at the programme: download it here .

For further details, see the Don Giovanni web page .