True to its tradition of introducing audiences to less familiar works by well-known composers, New Sussex Opera’s production of Weber’s Oberon brings a stellar cast to a work that marries a fantastical plot with delicate, tuneful music, rich in subtle harmonies and beautiful orchestration.
Spokesman Neil Fraser-Smith said: “Heading the cast in the role of Reiza is South African born Sally Silver, who wowed the critics in the title role of Scottish Opera’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Sally, who makes a welcome return to NSO after her 2011 performance in Gounod’s Mireille, is joined on stage by Australian tenor Adrian Dwyer, Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe, Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin and British baritone Damian Thantrey.
“Supporting the soloists will be the famous NSO chorus – augmented for this production to a total of 44 experienced, disciplined voices – and a team of dancers.”
Neil added: “The international make-up of the cast mirrors the twists and turns of the plot, which switches with breath-taking speed from the caliph’s palace in Baghdad to the shores of the Tigris, a shipwreck on a Greek shore and the emir’s house in Tunis. But audiences will keep pace with the action thanks to a clear-voiced narrator, plus the fact that the opera will be sung in the original English.
“Marshalling the NSO’s creative forces is opera, stage and film director Max Key, whose next big assignment after Oberon will be a revival of the Flying Dutchman at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.”
Lewes Town Hall, Wednesday, November 19, 7.30pm; Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Sunday, November 23, 3pm; and Cadogan Hall, London SW1 Tuesday, November 25, 7pm. For booking information, visit www.newsussexopera.org.