Often, opera is seen as inaccessible. posh and expensive. However OperaCoast, a Sussex-based music charity, has been challenging this attitude and every year, a group of aspiring singers from all over the UK and from abroad come to the Birley Centre to work on scenes from one chosen opera over the space of a single weekend.
This year, OperaCoast is exploring Massenet’s Manon, set in 18th century France, with music director Gregory Rose, stage director Christopher Cowell, pianist Nigel Foster, OperaCoast soloists and chorus, and project manager Anastasia Witts.
The piece will be performed at the Birley Centre on Sunday July 19 at 6pm with a pre-performance lecture by BBC Radio 3 Martin Handley – 4.30pm at the Towner Art Gallery.Tickets £10 Eastbourne TIC www.WeGotTickets.com/OperaCoast