May 2018 - Rigoletto

  • Posted on: 2 December 2017
  • By: Dorothy Withers

Heber Opera is pleased to announce that our 2018 production will be Verdi’s Rigoletto containing some of opera’s best known arias for tenor, soprano and baritone.

The story is one of a father’s possessive love, a daughter’s innocent love and a man’s selfish love all of which culminate in an act of revenge that goes horribly wrong.

Along the way to the heartbreaking climax there are lighter moments and we cover everything from sex, lies, kidnapping and a vengeful curse to a murderous revenge that backfires because of the machinations of a dastardly brother and sister.

Regular supporters of Heber Opera will know that we aim to present opera in a dramatic and approachable way and we hope that Rigoletto will be no exception.

We look forward to seeing you next May.

Tickets are available now:


A Perfect Afternoon for Lovers of Opera (and Cake!)

  • Posted on: 15 November 2017
  • By: admin

This Saturday, 18th November sees the first performance of our Opera with Afternoon Tea concert at Adastra Hall in Hassocks at 3:00pm. We have a fabulous program of operatic arias and chorus numbers including works by Verdi, Puccini, Purcell, Bizet not to mention Gilbert and Sullivan. Sandwiched in the middle of this operatic feast will be a sumptuous afternoon tea prepared and served to you by the cast. The cakes will be sublime, the sandwiches exquisite and this year, the sausage rolls will be obligatory!

If you can't make it again on Saturday, we are doing it all again on Sunday 26th November at the Village Centre in Hurstpierpoint

Last year's event was a complete sell-out and because it is a catered event it's not straightforward to squeeze people in at the last minute so please be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Autumn Season - First Rehearsal

  • Posted on: 2 September 2017
  • By: admin

After a well earned rest following our May 2017 production of Gounod's Faust, Heber Opera begin rehearsals for the Autumn Season on September 10. We have a really exciting program lined up for the rest of 2017 with our High Tea concerts in November, a Christmas concert in the music room at the Brighton Pavilion and carol singing at the Bluebell Railway.

If you are interested in performing opera, it is a great time to get involved as we begin to learn the music for the new program. In the autumn season we are focussed on performing in the concert medium rather than a theatrical production so you can join the group and get used to us without the pressure of a preparing for the stage. Our May 2018 production will be Verdi's Rigoletto which is really exciting!

Rehearsals take place in Hurstpierpoint on Sunday evenings.

If you would like to come along on September 10, please contact our Musical Director Michael Withers on 07802 735190 or email:

For more information please click here.

This November - Opera with High Tea

  • Posted on: 2 September 2017
  • By: admin

After the success of last year's High Tea concert, Heber Opera will once again be combining sublime music with delicious cakes for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. This time we are expanding the program to include two dates in November at Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint.

The afternoon program consists of a delicious sandwich of two halves of fabulous opera separated by afternoon tea prepared and served by the Heber team. Last year's tickets sold like hot cakes so be sure to book early by following choosing the Next Production option from the menu or click here. If you prefer to phone, please call 01435 866737.

A Fabulous First Weekend for Faust!

  • Posted on: 22 May 2017
  • By: admin

After months of preparation, Heber Opera's new production of Faust opened this week. This year's run got off to an early start with a Wednesday performance at St George's Brighton and the select audience that braved the rain gave us a warm reception. First nights are often a tricky affair as the cast and crew finally get to realise their vision for the first time and the performance space at St George's brings its own challenges. In spite of that it was a great show; the principal singers were fabulous and it was fantastic to have Veronica Brooks and Tim Crouch back performing with Heber as Faust and Margerita. Stephen Hawksley makes for a magnificent Mephistopheles and Nicholas Forrest battles evil superbly as Valentine.


On Saturday the show moved on to Lindfield which is a great little venue, full of character. The acting space is small and the entrances narrow but the crowd is always warm and welcoming. The Heber orchestral ensemble are on top form this year and Michael and Dorothy Wither's adaptation of Gounod's score gives them excellent matierial to work with.


We had our largest audience of the run so far at Hurstpierpoint on Sunday and there is nothing like a big crowd to fire up the chrorus. The whole cast worked hard to make our Second World War setting of the piece a dramatic success and the fabulous audience played their part too. With the last show of the weekend under our belts it was off to the after show party for a well earned celebration.


The best thing about the end of the first week is that we still have three more shows to look forward to and there are still tickets available....

To book tickets please click here.

Paper to Wood

  • Posted on: 11 May 2017
  • By: Jan Barger Cohen

This is the fun part, painting my design. I've primed the wood and painted the black areas with enamel. After some colour tests I've decided to use acrylic paints for the rest of the sign - my brief is for it to be gold on black, but I've added some blue and red. Nearly finished! The calf's eyes seem to stare at me as I work.

Paper to Wood