This year is Surrey Opera’s 50th Anniversary!

Russell Smythe and Janette Holt in The Magic Flute 1970

Russell Smythe – Papageno - and Janette Holt (now Ives) – Pamina - singing the Duet from The Magic Flute. Surrey Opera’s (then called the Surrey Opera Group) first production at the Market Hall, Redhill, June 1970.

So – have you got your 50th Anniversary Calendar yet?

They are of a very high quality with a photo from every production over the last 50 years – plus more! “A really special keepsake for anyone who has performed with Surrey Opera." If you have sung in a SO production in the past, the chances are that you are featured somewhere on the Calendar.

Please email – to place your order and request payment details.

Cost for the first calendar is £10 and for subsequent copies £7 each.

Postage costs – 2nd Class £3.00 or 1st Class £3.55 – plus the envelope – at 30p.

Anniversary Soirée – looking back over 50 years of productions! Saturday 4th April 2020, 7.30pm at Whitgift School’s Concert Hall, featuring arias and choruses from 5 decades of S.O. productions! Anyone interested in singing with us please contact Mark Edwards . Rehearsals will be on Mondays at 7.30pm at Clyde Hall starting on 10th February.

In celebration of this significant milestone we will be performing Don Giovanni at St Mary Magdalene Church , 18 Canning Road, Croydon, CR0 6QD at 7.30pm on Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th, together with a matinée at 2pm on the Saturday. We will also be taking the production to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall for the week July 13th to 17th.

STOP PRESS Rehearsals for Don Giovanni will start around the first week in May. Auditions for principal roles will be on Thursday 16th January, morning and afternoon, with recalls only on Thursday 6th February. Email Jonathan Butcher if you are interested.

Our Anniversary Dinner will be on Thursday 18th June, 2020.

In the last week of November the Company will be staging the World Première of David Hackbridge Johnson’s dramatic new opera Madeleine, based on the true story of Madeleine Hamilton Smith with a libretto sourced and written by Surrey Opera’s Artistic Director Jonathan Butcher.

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