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!
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!
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.
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...
Where: Hurstpierpoint Village Centre
When: 09 April 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Come along and enjoy the wonderful selection of stalls offering all manner of beautiful hand-made items. A perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts for family and friends or to find something special for yourself. There will be refreshments available including delicious biscuits, cakes and savoury snacks baked by the wonderful and talented ladies of the Heber Opera Chorus.
Last night’s open rehearsal for The Pearl Fishers was in full swing when I dropped in with the first of the props on my list.
Heber Opera's next productions is Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" in May 2016. We are based in Sussex and performances will take place in, Brighton, Uckfield, Steyning, Lindfield and Hurstpierpoint.