Winning praise from Wales

Hatstand Opera were back at the St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot near Tenby last week for a sell-out evening of fine food and opera. We were particularly chuffed that this event was such a succes, as the evening was put on by the hotel and not under the auspices of the Tenby Festival as in previous years. It proves that there is certainly a year-round appetite for opera in this lovely part of Wales, and the management were really pleased too:

” The evening went so well and once again we have received fantastic feedback from those who attended.”

We are already making plans to return next year, so watch this space!

In the meantime, if you fancy a break in south Wales, the St Brides Spa Hotel really is a lovely relaxing place for a weekend away from it all; we always stay overnight after the show, and the view across the bay in the morning from your breakfast table is hard to beat.

Last chance for early bird ticket offer for Hatstand Opera in Essex July 2011

Opera in the orchard 2011

The great value Hatstand Opera in the Orchard 2 for 1 early bird offer is ending soon – grab these bargain opera tickets while you can!

Book your Bite at the Opera tickets before they disappear

Our next performance of A Bite at the Opera in Spalding, Lincs, is fast appraoching sell-out status, with literally around 25 tickets left. So, if you want to join us for a great everning of fine food and music, you’ll need to book asap, as tickets will not be available on the night.


A Bite at the Opera
South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1SS
time: 7pm for dinner at 7.30pm
tickets: £30, including 4-course dinner with Lincolnshire food, and opera performance
Box Office: 01775 764 777 – advance booking essential
Buy tickets online at




New – 2011 performance diary

We’ve just popped up some of our 2011 public performances at our main website at

Apologies for the gaps in info such as ticket price – still gathering that info ourselves!

Vote for our new Hatstand Opera show title!

Here’s your chance to be part of Hatstand Opera history! We’re looking for a show title for our 2011 sequel to “A Laugh at the Opera”, and we’d love your input.

Just one quick note before you start. You know much much fun a Hatstand Opera show is, because you’ve seen us in action before, but a show title has to appeal to you AND those who have never seen us before.

In our poll box below, you’ll see four options, each written as “title: strap line”. (The strap line is the explanation line below the main show title on a poster or flyer.) Just click on the one that you like best.

If you don’t like any of them (and we’re not proud about this), feel free to type in your own version in the last box.

No winners or prizes I’m afraid, but shedloads of appreciation from this end for your contribution!

What opera singers do during August

Soak up the sun, boys!

Here at Hatstand Opera, we usually rest up a bit in August to enjoy the summer weather, and thank goodness this year, we’ve got some to enjoy! Hurrah! But we don’t sit around idle, never fear…  here’s what is on our “To Do” list:

1. Devise a brand new show for 2011. Yes, we’re cooking up something fun, frothy, entertaining and a total antidote to depressing news and dark economic forecasts. Title tbc – all witty (and clean) ideas welcome!

2. Make do and mend costumes. Our costumes and props can be used up to four times a week, all year round, so this is a chance to restore lost buttons, mend broken spears and repaint anything that doesn’t move too fast. And hoover the digital piano – most important after dusty outdoor gigs in hay-filled fields.

3. Research new music. We are always on the lookout for new music to sing, and there is nothing so relaxing as sitting down with a glass of chardonnay (or six) and skipping through tracks on cds you bought back in the January sales and have not even got the plastic shrink-wrap off yet.

Whatever you’re doing this August, enjoy!

Birthday Shows for Hatstand Opera Director

Pity the poor opera singer born in July, the season of outside performances and summer festivals. Hatstand Opera’s director Kirsty is nearly always singing on her birthday, and this year she’ll be playing boys and old bags (again) at our Opera in the Orchard “Golden Moments from Opera” performance.

So, we decided to see what other notable persons were born in July, which include:

B.T. Barnum, American showman and circus founder (200 years ago)
Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor (150 years ago)
William Hanna, American animator, co‐founder of Hanna‐ Barbera Productions (‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Huckleberry Hound’, ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘The Jetsons’) (100 years ago)

And noted some memorable events that happened on the same date:

11 Jul 1950
The BBC’s children’s TV show ‘Andy Pandy’ was first broadcast. (Kirsty’s least favourite tv show as a child, by a mile. And no, she didn’t see the first broadcast, thank you.)

11 Jul 1960
Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published. (Kirsty is an English graduate from Birmingham University – if that’s not a contradiction in terms…)

11 Jul 1985
The Coca‐Cola Company agreed to resume selling the original formula ‘Classic’ Coke after complaints from irate customers about New Coke. (A victory for teenage tastebuds, probably a disaster for dentists.)