Rare operatic performance

New Sussex Opera are staging a performance of a rarely-seen opera by Carl Maria von Weber in November.

Oberon is at Lewes Town Hall on November 19 (7.30pm), then it’s touring to the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, on November 23.

This is Weber’s last opera – a fairy theme with spirits, mermaids and a shipwreck – to do with the coupling of the Caliph’s daughter with the knight Huon. It follows on from the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream but it’s quite different.

The overture is famous but the music is virtually unknown, full of magic and romanticism and very easy on the ear.

First performed in 1826, the opera was written for Covent Garden and was actually written in English.

The St Paul’s Sinfonia is conducted by Nicholas Jenkins and has a world-class cast, including Sally Silver and Adrian Dwyer, with the Lewes-based New Sussex Opera Chorus. The director is Harry Fehr, who is making his debut at the Welsh National Opera next year.

To book tickets visit www.newsussexopera.org.