The Pearl Fishers ends on a high note!

  • Posted on: 1 June 2016
  • By: admin

A huge thank-you to everybody who came along to watch us and support the show over the last couple of weeks.

We had a superb final weekend, starting with the atmospheric setting of St George's, Brighton on Thursday and finishing off  with two more sell-out shows at Steyning and Uckfield on Saturday and Sunday.  The audiences at all the venues were fantastic and the enthusiasm and support were greatly appreciated.

An Opera Newbie!

  • Posted on: 9 June 2016
  • By: Steve Smith

Last year I attended the Fairies, Phantoms and Fiends Heber Opera concert, mainly to watch my wife, Caz, perform. I had never watched opera before, and I guess I was thinking that I might not enjoy it very much, but nevertheless I was willing to give it a go!

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The glamourous life of the stage manager

  • Posted on: 24 April 2016
  • By: Chrissie Berridge

The props list for Heber Opera’s production of The Pearl Fishers includes oyster shells. It was my job to find them. This wasn’t a problem as I work close to English’s Oyster Bar in central Brighton. When I called in to ask, they were happy to save their leftovers for me. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was the work involved in cleaning them!

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Another successful Craft Fair fundraiser

  • Posted on: 18 April 2016
  • By: admin
Heber bake-off

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre was the place to be on Saturday 9th April.  Heber Opera hosted another successful craft fair with plent of stalls selling all manner of  wonderful hand-made items.  The turnout was excellent, everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves and we raised much needed funds for our future productions.  My personal highlight was, as always, the huge spread of delicious cakes, biscuits and snacks layed on by the talented ladies of the Heber Chorus! 

The Pearl Fishers - How it all began

Bizet is a firm favourite with opera fans and Carmen's great moments are instantly recognisable to almost everyone regardless of their love of opera.  But Bizet's first full length opera was "The Pearl Fishers" some 10 years before Carmen.  In this short video,  Dorothy Withers looks at the history of "The Pearl Fishers", from its origins at the Theatre Lyrique in Paris, to its place in the mainstream operatic repertoire today.

All the way to India for Pearl Fishers costumes!

  • Posted on: 18 February 2016
  • By: Julie Emerton

During a recent visit to India I was on a mission to buy all the costume fabric for Heber’s upcoming production of ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at a fraction of the cost here in the UK.

A textile outlet in Jaipur was the first port of call for saris. The half-hour tuk-tuk ride to get there was the maddest I’ve ever experienced – crazy Indian driving in chaotic traffic in the dark (no headlights) – like a rollercoaster on the ground. Couldn’t stop laughing...

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