This first production was a great success. Russell Smythe, who played Papageno, went on to the Guildhall School of Music and subsequently to a successful professional career, singing at Covent Garden and with the
English and Welsh National Opera companies. With the financial success of this first opera, all the Mozart operas followed together with
Realising, in 1976, that she would like a younger conductor to take over, Joyce heard of a brilliant young musician who was conducting The Marriage of Figaro at Blindley Heath. She handed over the baton to
Jonathan Butcher, the present Artistic Director, who has continued so remarkably what Joyce Hooper started.
Surrey Opera seeks to provide:
- opera to a high professional standard in Surrey, Sussex and Kent - at affordable prices
- opportunities for young singers, directors and designers in the early stages of their careers
- the chance for young people to explore opera through workshops, collaboration and reduced ticket prices
Under the artistic direction of Jonathan Butcher, we stage two productions a year at a variety of venues.
Charity No: 1000831
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