Opera at Albert: Opera Brava perform TOSCA and CARMEN – from just £13

Enjoy exclusive evenings of magical award-winning, exciting and accessible live opera for all.

DATE: TOSCA: Wednesday 10th August • CARMEN: Thursday 11th August
LOCATION: Albert Cottage (outdoor event)
PRICE: From £13
BOOKING ENDS: Soon – already some limited availability
BOOK VIA: The Price is Wight

TOSCA – Giacomo Puccini

Wednesday 10th August • Book here

TOSCA is one of the most lethal operas. None of the central characters make it to the end alive, hero or villain. Unsurprisingly then, it’s a thrilling melodrama often dismissed as one dimensional. However you would be foolish to go in with this attitude. Opera Brava have set this production in Rome in the 1940s during the war and they take Puccini’s overtly theatrical tale and make it astonishingly moving with an unusual twist in the final death scene.

Tosca: Natasha Day
Cavaradossi: Dominic Walsh
Scarpia: Haken Vramsmo
Angelotti/Gaoler: Ian Beadle
Sacristan: John Lofthouse
Spoletta: Martin Rendle
Sciarrone: William Costello
Chorister & Church cleaner: Persha Darling

Musical Director/Conductor: Robert Bottriell
Director: Bronek Pomorski
Assistant Director: Lydia Skrentny
Designers: Tony Baker & Adam Purnell
Costumes: Maria Pomorska

CARMEN – Georges Bizet

Thursday 11th August • Book here

CARMEN lays claim to the title of ‘The Most Popular Opera’. The music, full of extravagant melody and rich in operatic hits such as the Habanera and The Toreador’s Song, has captivated audiences over the decades. A tale of passion between a young soldier and a fiery Gypsy girl, Opera Brava’s powerful production takes place in 1930’s Spain, is sung in English with a sensational Carmen and an international cast. This promises to be a compelling and unforgettable night which will leave you clamouring for more.

Carmen: Vivien Conacher
Don Jose: Andrew Rawlings
Micaela: Katherine Blumenthal
Escamillo: Ian Beadle
Frasquita: Grace Wyatt
Mercedes: Sophie Burns
Zuniga: Geoffrey Moses
Remendado: Martin Rendle
Dancairo: Hakan Vramsmo
Lillas Pastia / Morales: William Costello
Gypsy: Persha Darling

Musical Director & Conductor: Robert Bottriell
Director: Bronek Pomorski
Assistant Director: Lydia Skrentny
Designer: David Parker

Make your experience truly memorable by choosing your preferred option:

  • Performance Only: Enjoy an evening of superb operatic entertainment, and access the bar at your leisure
  • Performance + Deluxe Italian-themed Hamper Picnic: To complement the outdoor performance, include a delicious Albert Cottage Hamper Picnic, freshly selected and prepared on the day.
  • Pre-show Three-Course Italian-themed Dinner + Performance: Begin an enchanting evening with a superb dinner created by our talented kitchen team and then settle in for the performance.
  • Performance + Dine & Stay: The perfect package – Delight in the opera, relish a delicious dinner (and maybe a glass or two!) and then stay over in one of our ten beautiful rooms or suites. You could even create the ultimate cultural weekend and stay for both performances and both nights!

Dinner is a three-course set menu and will take place prior to the performance. If you desire a vegetarian option or have any special dietary requirements, please inform us at the hotel when calling to book a minimum of seven days prior to the event.


  • Events take place on Wednesday 10th or Thursday 11th August 2022 depending on option chosen.
  • Choose your option from the list on The Price is Wight (external website).
  • Check your Price is Wight voucher & follow instructions to book.
  • E-tickets are issued for scanning on the gate, please remember to bring them with you.
  • Gates will be opened at 4.00pm – show starts 7.30pm each night.
  • Picnic collection from 4.00pm – booked in advance only.
  • Bars will be open at 4.00pm – there will be some outdoor refreshment areas, to be confirmed exactly what will be available nearer the event dates.
  • This is a ticketed event only – entry to grounds will only be with ticket.
  • Residential guests can arrive as usual – check in from 3.00pm.
  • Customers can bring their own food but NOT drinks onto the premises with the following exceptions:
    • One 500ml sealed bottle of water per person.
    • Special dietary requirements that we cannot meet, approved in advance.
  • Customers should definitely NOT bring any GLASS containers or bottles onto site.
  • Chairs – customers can bring their own folding chairs but they will not be able to sit at the front. There will be a demarcation line across the middle of the lawns & an access aisle where chairs will not be permitted.
  • Blankets – customers can bring their own blankets. Please don’t bring enormous blankets to spread out further than a reasonable space for your party.
  • This is an OUTDOOR event, bring warm clothing & be ready for the possibility of rain – there is no outdoor cover and there is limited indoor space.
  • Please leave your car at home – there is only very limited DISABLED parking space at Albert Cottage, to be booked in advance on a first-come-first-booked basis. We strongly advise customers to use public transport, taxis, get a lift or at the very least car share.
  • Smaller parties may be grouped together.


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