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Photo: New Sussex Opera Charlotte Badham (Mauxalinda) and Chorus

New Sussex Opera – Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley

John Frederick Lampe’s opera The Dragon of Wantley (1737) is based on a Yorkshire legend about a ferocious dragon who terrorises the area of Wharncliffe Crags that was made better known in a ballad. The opera served not only to satirise the conventions of Italian (particularly Handelian) opera seria (the scenario conveniently echoes the story of Angelica’s rescue from […]

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Photo: 8 Principals, Robert Knights

New Sussex Opera – Offenbach’s Belle Lurette – Monica McGhee, Paul Featherston and Robin Bailey; directed by David Foster; conducted by Toby Purser

Belle Lurette was Offenbach’s final operetta, written concurrently with The Tales of Hoffmann, and remained incomplete at his death in 1880 but was finished by Delibes, so that it could be given its premiere later that year. It received its first UK performance the following year, but has apparently not been seen here since, and so true

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