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A BRIEF HISTORY

A BRIEF HISTORY

Aquarian Opera was formed in September 1998 with a performance of Puccini’s one act opera Suor Angelica at the Westerham Village Hall.  The first of many performances at The Barn Theatre in Oxted took place the following year in September 1999 with a Production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. Aquarian Opera continued with productions, mainly at The Barn Theatre until February 2010.

In 2018, the former Trustees were approached about resurrecting Aquarian Opera with an entirely new management team, and the reins were passed on. 

 

As The New Aquarian Opera Company, we had planned to launch in the autumn of 2020 with a fully staged production of The Merry Widow and held a launch party at The Barn Theatre in December 2019.  This was followed by a cast “read-through” in March 2019, auditions were just about to begin as the pandemic came, and so everything was put on hold.

We realised that in the present climate, launching, what to all extents and purposes, was a new company with a large-scale production was not going to be possible.  We had hoped to be able to perform a concert in April 2021, but as we were still in the middle of the pandemic, that idea also had to be abandoned. 

Our Artistic Director had heard about a show that had been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, and after discussion with the show’s author, and a very tight rehearsal period – The New Aquarian Opera Company gave their first performance at The Barn Theatre - the English premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable!

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