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La Belle Hélène

  • The Old Market Upper Market Street Hove BN3 1AS (map)
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Live opera, fully staged, sung in a new English translation. 

In collaboration with Opera della Luna, New Sussex Opera stages one of the most sparkling works by the French master of comic opera. French fizz and foolery set to deliciously immortal music – outrageous fun. A talented cast bring this hilarious farce to life. Prepare for plenty of surprises in Jeff Clarke’s version of the story of the lovely Helen of Troy. Stuffy it isn’t. A musical treat for Offenbach’s two-hundredth anniversary. NSO’s production of Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Travelling Companion was nominated in the Rediscovered Work category of the International Opera Awards 2019.

NSO Chorus, St Paul’s Sinfonia, Conductor Toby Purser, Director Jeff Clarke, Designer Gabriella Csanyi-Wills. Cast includes Hannah Pedley (Hélène, pictured), Anthony Flaum (Paris, pictured), Paul Featherstone (Menelaus), Catherine Backhouse (Orestes), Jennifer Clark (Bacchis).

Hannah Pedley

Hannah Pedley

Anthony Flaum

Anthony Flaum


"One of the UK’s most enterprising small opera companies, New Sussex Opera constantly surprises with its ambition and the quality of its fully staged productions" - Opera Now September 2018

"In the hands of Jeff Clarke, the comic tale of the fair lady who would rather die than live in a world without love becomes an outrageous entertainment" - Manchester Evening News

Seated (reserved)

Age: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Later Event: December 3
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