Welcome to Opera Anywhere at Brighton Open Air Theatre!
Throughout 2020 we have battled to find a way back to live performance. So, it is with the greatest pleasure that we have arrived at this moment, finally together again to experience live staged opera. Not digital, not analogue: the real thing. Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council’s COVID-19 recovery fund and OXLEP, and the ingenuity, persistence and organisation of the management team at the Brighton Open Air Theatre, we find ourselves back in business!
B.O.A.T.’s programme of late summer of outdoor theatre and music has enabled Opera Anywhere to dust down and present to a live audience its long established and ever popular productions of The Mikado and The Magic Flute.
Life for all of us has been demanding, having to adapt to continual changing circumstances. For many of us employed in the arts we have seen our opportunities to work and income depleted. So today, even with the challenges of rehearsing on Zoom and severe weather forecast, we are absolutely delighted to be here, performing at last!
What you are seeing today is an adaptation, a rapid and joyful improvisation of one of our most loved operettas, we are all meeting face to face and rehearsing in person prior to the performance, for the first time in over 9 months, and some of us are meeting in person for the first time.
So, we are offering the sublime and the ridiculous, and hope that you enjoy your return to live music and theatre. We are thrilled to be here and also we are looking forward to returning again on the 13th September with our Magic Flute.