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STOP PRESS. Surrey Opera announce that their next production will be the World Premiere of The Life to Come – an opera in two acts based on the short story by E.M. Forster. Music by Louis Sebastian Mander and libretto by Stephen Fry. It will take place at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill on Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September at 7.45pm. There will be 4 more performances: on Sat 21 October at Trinity School, Croydon at 3pm and 7.45pm and on Sunday 29 October at Roedean School Theatre at 3pm and 7.45pm..

Surrey Opera is actively looking for additional enthusiastic chorus members, especially black singers, to be the African tribes-people, in addition to our regular chorus, who will represent the missionaries in the story — all those interested please contact Pat Carter or Mark Edwards.

Chorus Music Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings, starting on Monday 12th June, 7.30pm at Clyde Hall, Clyde Road, Croydon, CR0 6SZ – near East Croydon station, local trams and buses.

  • We have added some photographs from the A Midsummer Night's Dream dress rehearsal at the Minack theatre taken by Lynn Batten and another review by Simon Ames of the Surrey Advertiser.
  • Our last production was A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten. See Opera Now for an interview about it with our Freda Clark.
  • WE now have a channel on YouTube, and we have joined instagram with handle: surreyopera.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall watched us perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Minack theatre, and we have a review there.
  • We have added a few performance photographs to our A Midsummer Night's Dream page.
  • Sad news: Vena Reed and Charles Thomas, both devoted life members of Surrey Opera, have passed away.
  • Jonathan Butcher talked about George Hooper and his paintings from Croydon Radio. Listen:
  • See photographs from Camelot taken at the Stag, Sevenoaks by Peter Marr.
  • All the "Past Productions" pages include a wonderful gallery of photographs.
  • Surrey Opera acknowledged with sadness the passing of our Patron Sir Colin Davis, but we were very proud to announce that Sir John Tomlinson, CBE, agreed to become our new Patron. Sir John was, of course, Patron of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Festival in 2012, and we were honoured that he came to a performance of Thelma with his wife and friends.
  • Read Jonathan Butcher's speech at the unveiling of a new plaque commemorating Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (on 30th December 2012).
  • We have now added a little gallery of photos (taken by Peter Marr) from our production of Thelma
  • SAD News: we lost both our (Surrey Opera's) president Ruth Lacey, on Friday 23rd March 2012, after a short illness (see a tribute by her daughters, and on Monday, 26th March, Lawrie Reed, who sang bass principal parts in many of our productions and joined the chorus in others (see tributes by his son Colin and by Jonathan Butcher.
  • 2012 was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's centenary year and a festival was organised in Croydon. Download the brochure.
  • We added a new page with a few notes about Thelma (because it was lost).