Opera in the Park this August

The perfect way to spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon! 

Join us for a fabulous afternoon of live opera in the leafy surroundings of historic Victoria Park in Portsmouth. We were chuffed to be asked back for a third time, especially as it really was by popular demand. The council organisers did a survey as to which previous performers people wanted to see again in the park – and we came out on top! 

Join Kirsty, Toni, baritone Bryan and pianist Sue for favourite scenes and arias, plus the occasional classic musical, a couple of unusual items for the opera buffs, and lots of fun stuff too.

Please bring your own chairs and blankets for your family and friends. Pack a picnic to enjoy together, or treat yourself to a delicious lunch from Café in the Park or from a hand-picked selection of food stalls.

And best of all, it’s free – no tickets required.

Opera in the Park

Sunday 6th August 2023 at 1pm

Victoria Park, Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, 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

• Please note that Victoria Park is a dog free area

For more information on Opera in the Park, email VictoriaPark@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Opera in the Park is part of a series of events to celebrate the restoration and renovation of this historic park, a green and family-friendly place for all Portsmouth residents to enjoy. For more information on the improvements and other future events, see https://www.victoriaparkportsmouth.org.uk .

Top 20 opera highlights by Hatstand Opera

We confess, we are suckers for those “Top 100” TV shows that list everything from gadgets to YouTube videos. So, we decided to create our own list based on our years of performing opera highlights across the UK.

This list may not have been voted for by the Great British Public, but it’s certainly heavily influenced by what we found most audiences enjoy – and ask us to sing again next time!

The figures are drawn from our performance database, in which we have recorded each performance we have sung since September 1998, and what music we sang at it. (We were performing from December 1992 onwards, but we didn’t have the software then!)

It’s interesting to see what has stood the test of time, and it’s not always what we expected either… So, here are the top 20 opera excerpts we have sung, and the number of times we have sung them!

title opera composer no of times sung
1 Champagne Die Fledermaus Strauss, J 335
2 Flower Duet Lakmé Delibes 307
3 Goodbye The White Horse Inn Stolz 294
4 Brindisi la Traviata Verdi 287
5 Quando m’en vo La bohème Puccini 235
6 La ci darem Don Giovanni Mozart 228
7 Barcarolle The Tales of Hoffmann Offenbach 199
8 O soave fanciulla La bohème Puccini 190
9 Seguidilla Carmen Bizet 174
10 Che gelida manina La bohème Puccini 171
11 Soave sia il vento Cosi fan Tutte Mozart 158
12 Prima Donna Trio The Impressario Mozart 140
13 Sull aria The Marriage of Figaro Mozart 139
14 Fly duet Orpheus in the Underworld Offenbach 139
15 Au fond du temple saint The Pearl Fishers Bizet 135
16 No I declare The Merry Wives of Windsor Nicolai 130
17 Nessun dorma Turandot Puccini 130
18 Chi il bel sogno La Rondine Puccini 128
19 Olga’s aria Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky 127
20 Have a little priest Sweeney Todd Sondheim 118


As you can see, the top composer honour goes to Puccini with five entries, and runner-up is Mozart with four entries. We might add that we have over 1000 items on our database, so your favourite might well be in there…