23rd July 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Adult £35, Couple £65, Child £12, Operatic Picnic for 2 £100

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Barber of Seville by Rossini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Written in three weeks, Rossini’s masterpiece is one of the wittiest and most immediately appealing comic operas in the repertoire today and as fresh to the ear now as when it first burst upon it’s Italian audiences in 1816. On first hearing, the utter joy of one melodic masterpiece flowing into the next is thrilling to any audience. As the plot unfolds and is dramatically told through Rossini’s brilliant musical structure, it helps us to understand Barber’s special place in the history of opera.

Opera Brava’s new production brings together both national and international artists in an exciting and innovative period production, which will keep you enthralled and amused throughout the evening.  World class singing and tunes that you will go away humming.

The performance will be sung in English.

Adult: £35
Couple: £65
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £100.00

Optional Extras (available for pre-order only and ready for collection from 6pm):
Fitz English sparkling wine (75cl)    – £32.00
Cette Nuit Vermentino Merlot (70cl)    – £16.95
Cette Nuit Verementino Sauvignon Blanc (70cl)    – £16.95

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only.

Refund policy: No Refunds

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £100.00
A selection of cheeses with Grapes, walnuts and cheese biscuits, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with caramelised onion chutney, marinated olives, hummus, crusty roll, large bag of Real Crisps, macaroons, large bottle of South Downs mineral water (vegetarian alternative option available on request).

Individual serve bottles of prosecco, red and white wine, ale, tea, coffee and soft drinks can be purchased on the day from the Gardeners Retreat.

The picnic includes a disposable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Picnics available for collection from 6pm.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.30pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station