Eastbourne is proud to be hosting the UK premiere of a 'new' opera by Giacomo Puccini who later went on to compose Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. The original four-act version will be performed by New Sussex Opera in the Floral Hall of the Winter Garden.
Conducted by Nicholas Jenkins and directed by Tony Baker, John Hudson will star as the eponymous Edgar, with Mary Plazas as Fidelia, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers as Tigrana, Pauls Putnins as Frank and Stephen Holloway as Gualtiero. The semi-staged performance will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. The confused young Edgar struggles to choose between the chaste pure love of Fidelia and the consuming passion of the exotic gypsy Tigrana.
New Sussex Opera was founded in 1978 by a group of opera enthusiasts and is based in Lewes and Brighton. Their aims are to attract a wider audience to operatic performances, to present interesting and lesser-known works, and to enable local and younger amateur singers to work alongside professionals in high quality productions. The heart of the company is its expert but unpaid chorus, and they warmly invite interested potential singers to get in contact.
Winter Garden, Sun 11th Nov, 15:00.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.