27th July 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open Air Opera: The Barber of Seville

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Barber of Seville by G. 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 is 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, in part, the Barber’s special place in the history of opera.

Opera Brava in its 31st year is Britains leading touring opera company. Their production of “The Barber of Seville” is performed by professional and experienced national and international opera singers who have worked with major companies such as; English National Opera and Covent Garden. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets can no longer be purchased online, but will be available on the gate from 6pm

Tickets:  £30, Child: £10 (5-16 years old)

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.

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**Picnics can no longer be booked – but you’re welcome to bring your own**

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic for Two People when booking your performance tickets – £35.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

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.  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.  Picnics can be pre-booked from The Gardeners’ Retreat and collected prior to the performance.

• 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