Mount Harry Music and Arts Festival

“Eine Kleine…” or “a little” is a play on words taken from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and is the title of a new mini opera by the Opera Playhouse which has been written to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. This is, however, no ordinary opera. It only lasts four minutes and is performed in the Smallest Opera House in the World – which is literally a 21’ ex-exhibition trailer which can be opened up to create a covered stage for al fresco performances or closed up to form a tiny auditorium which seats only 12 people per show. Its 'bass' is a twin-axled trailer, fully equipped with lights, sound, a Green Room and†a small kitchen. So as Karl Daymond suggests it is “the shortest opera, in the smallest opera house in the world” and will feature excerpts from Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Daymond states: “we have mixed a gravitas for Mozart’s music with childlike humour; Mozart played with music and that is what we have done too.”

The Opera Playhouse consists of Karl Daymond and Pippa Longworth, two internationally renowned and respected opera singers. They have toured with the Smallest Opera House since 2005. They will perform their 4-minute Mozart at 45-minute intervals throughout the day on Sunday, 25th June at a fund-raising event in Offham. Longworth, who lives in Lewes, says “we hope our pleasure in the music will be infectious; we hope it is an enjoyable and visceral experience.” Also on the bill will be the Seaford Silver Band, The Fletching Singers and The Ska Toons. KA

Access all Arias (reprise): the smallest opera in the world hits Offham
Downland Garden, Mount Hall House, Offham
When? 12 noon
How Much? £5 in advance, £6 on the gate

Tickets from Lewes Travel
(t) 01273 472466 or 01273 477151.