We’re back performing live in Devon in February 2022

Hatstand Opera 20 Feb 2022

We are thrilled to be back in action at nasda (Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts) for an afternoon performance on Sunday 20th February 2022.

Join us for our trademark chocolate-box assortment of classic scenes and heart-rending arias from favourite operas, operettas and the occasional classic musical.

Our hand-picked selection includes:

  • a very busy ‘factotum’ hairdresser (Larga al factotum from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”)
  • a bride flirting with a wedding party crasher (La ci darem from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”)
  • two very annoyed ladies from Berkshire (Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor”)
  • a Swiss miss torn between two lovers (Ebben? ne andro lontana from Catalani’s “La Wally”)

We’ve even got aristocrats getting invites to a fancy dress ball, sorry, work event with drinks… (“Die Fledermaus” by Strauss).

As per usual, programme items are subject to change as you know we like to surprise and delight our audience with new items. So be prepared!

It’s been a long wait for Hatstand’s return to nadsa, in fact over 10 years since we last delighted them with our informal presentation style and natty costume changes. Our trademark show format hasn’t changed, still combining familiar opera tunes from films, adverts and TV series with more unusual items, for a varied performance that lets everyone have a great time and go out humming a tune or two.

We’ve been touring the UK for over 25 years now, and performed in lots of venues, many of which don’t stick in the memory. The warm welcome and enthusiastic reception at the Courteney Centre from the nasda members is very much an exception – we remember almost every detail from the lovely windows flooding the room with light to where the chairperson was sitting!

We’re also delighted to be playing the society’s excellent Yamaha grand piano, always a treat for our concert pianist Jeremy. Most of all, we’re really looking forward to seeing a live audience (not on Zoom) and just enjoying the feeling of sharing music together again.

So do join us – it’ll be a lot of fun!


Tickets must be bought in advance. There will be no facilities for ticket purchase at the door.

To maintain safety in covid-19 times:

Audience numbers will be limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

To show respect for the safety and comfort of other audience members, nadsa concerts asks you to wear a facemask (unless exempt) until you are seated, and to wear it at any time you need to leave your seat. So, do remember to bring your mask with you.

The interval will be a short comfort break only for those for whom it is essential to leave the concert hall. There will be no refreshments.

nadsa’s policy is not to offer refunds for tickets after they have been purchased but, in the event that a concert has to be cancelled, for whatever reason, a full refund will be paid.