Hatstand Opera performance diary

Discover our public performances for 2023 – quality not quantity! (We’ve also got some private parties booked, so let us know if you’d like one too.)  Do check back regularly as new dates are added.

Please note that tickets are only available from the contacts given;
Hatstand Opera have no tickets to sell.

Sunday 6 August 2023 at 1pm

Opera in the Park

Victoria Park, Stanhope Road,

Portsmouth, PO1 3HJ

Free event – no tickets required

A fantastic free event for all the family!

Join us for a lunchtime of opera favourites in the recently restored splendour of Victoria Park in the heart of Portsmouth. Back for a third performance by popular demand, we present our chocolate-box assortment of classic scenes and arias from favourite operas, all in our trademark informal style. 

Bring your own chairs/blankets and your own picnic, and set up anytime after 12.30pm. Or buy tasty treats from the Café in the Park or our selected food stalls. 

Then, sit back and enjoy a superb open-air performance with Toni, Kirsty, Bryan and Sue, starting at 1pm.

Sunday 6th August at 1pm

Victoria Park, Stanhope Road, PO1 3HJ

  • Free entry – no tickets required
  • Bring your own chairs/blankets and picnic
  • Café in the Park and a small selection of food stalls open
  • Toilets will be on site
  • Victoria Park is a dog free area

More about our performances

Where do Hatstand Opera perform?
We perform all over the UK and beyond, although most of our opera show performances tend to be in England, since we are a professional opera company in Hampshire. So you’ll usually find us presenting opera in Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Sussex, Essex, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and various parts of London every year. To be honest, we never quite know where we will be performing from year to year, as it depends who books us.

How do I buy tickets for opera shows?
All tickets for our opera performances are sold by the promoters or venues; we don’t sell any tickets ourselves. So, the contact details listed are always the best way to get tickets. Some venues and organisations offer the chance to book your opera tickets online, while smaller festivals and churches may sell via phone and post only.

Sometimes, the phone number provided is a private number for a hard-working committee member selling tickets, so please be patient if you get an answerphone. Please do leave a message and never fear, they will get back to you soonest.

Can I bring a party?
Of course, the more the merrier! Group bookings should be made as far in advance as possible to ensure you can all get tickets, and for dinner events, you will all sit on the same table. Some promoters offer a group discount, but this is more the exception than the rule, as Hatstand Opera ticket prices are usually extremely reasonable (and in some cases downright cheap!).

Can I buy tickets on the door?
Only if there are any left! Never assume that a Hatstand Opera performance will have tickets on the door – it is always best to ring and check as many of our performances sell out well in advance. Any event involving food, including open air opera picnics, have strict number requirements and tickets are only available in advance.

Do all venues offer facilities for the disabled?
All public venues such as theatres and hotels will have some provision for disabled patrons, but other venues such as churches and marquees may not. If you have particular requirements, simply call the Box Office or show organiser, and they will be happy to advise you.

Our open air opera performances for charity are often held in private gardens or fields (minus livestock!). Whilst our clients strive for the highest standards for health and safety, some locations and the walking distances involved may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility. Again, just call or email the promoter, and they will be happy to help.

Are your shows suitable for all ages?
There will never be anything offensive in our shows for the over 10s or too rude for the over 90s (although in our experience they love a good double entrendre!).

Most kids aged over 9 do enjoy our shows, but they can get a little fidgety if they are not used to going to the theatre or concerts, as 45 minutes is a long time to sit still. So, generally we suggest kids over 12.

Having said that, our less formal open air shows are perfect for young people new to opera or live performances, as if it all gets too much for them, they can retreat to the back of the field and play football!