The Bartered Bride

This light-hearted opera is set in a Bohemian village in the 19th century. It tells the story of lovers Mařenka and Jeník, and how their true love prevails over the combined efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker. Matters are complicated by the arrival of a travelling circus and a jilted lover dressed as a dancing bear! The lively music reflects Bohemian and Czech folk song and dance tunes.

Surrey Opera staged the opera in traditional style but in a modern English translation by Amanda Holden, with professional soloists, full chorus and orchestra.

Albert Herring

Surrey Opera made its Barn Theatre debut in September2011, with an exciting new professional production of Benjamin Britten's comic opera, Albert Herring.
This acknowledged masterpiece was both witty and musically ingenious. The Barn Theatre (only 35 mins by rail from London) was an ideal setting for this opera, with its hilarious plot that told the story of rural life in a Suffolk village. No girl was pure enough to be May Queen, so it was agreed that there was only one option - to crown someone May King. Guess who - Albert of course, the shy young greengrocer! But all was not straightforward...
Nationally respected conductor and musician Jonathan Butcher returned to his home town to conduct the opera, with a talented production team. The cast of professional opera singers was accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra.

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The Gondoliers

With professional soloists and orchestra, Surrey Opera returned once again to The Harlequin to present a sparkling new production of, surely, Gilbert & Sullivan’s most exquisite and finely crafted comic opera, The Gondoliers. With Gilbert’s razor sharp wit satirizing period class distinction and the monarchy, plus Sullivan’s colourful score featuring a barcarolle, cachucha, gavotte and endless singable melodies, this was an evening to delight and enthrall.
Mistaken identity was at the heart of the plot, and the negligence of a drunken gondolier entrusted with the upbringing of an infant king, who muddled up the young monarch with his own son, meant that no one (well not quite) was sure who was the rightful heir to the throne of Barataria. What was more, the young queen, who had journeyed to Venice with her father and mother unaware of what was in store for her, was in love with quite a different person and not, as she surmised, the rightful king, whoever he may have been. A tangled skein indeed!

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