This, the end of the 38th and final season of Pavilion Opera, brings my opportunity to say thank you. 

Our work has really had three distinct aspects: the original 1981 idea of country house performances, expanded into our tours abroad from 1986, and then, since 1992, our Educational Trust.

For our UK opera performances, no house can match Sandringham for longevity (with only one year missed since 1985) but Yarlington (1985 to 2017 with gaps) is not so far behind. Overseas, my principal thanks must be to Lucy Tittmann in the US and Lynne Morton in Japan, each of whom managed 11 years of visits, while Paul Schindler and Sabine de Bonneval took us to Versailles, and Marie-Claude Poirier around the world for Hermès.Of course my principal thanks must go first to Adele (Principal Soprano for 29 years), and then to Christine Baxter who lived through the inaugural dramas of designing (Francis Johnson and John Piper) and building (Taylor and Pearson of Woodhall Spa) the Pavilion, and weathered the lawsuits, ructions and general disturbances. This is also my chance to thank the current Thorpe Tilney team: Trevor Hall (since 1970) and Kevin and Elizabeth Buckberry (who first came to us in 1973) in the garden, and Paul Sharp in the house and, pre-eminently, the kitchen.

Thank you all so very much. Freddie Stockdale


Pavilion Opera Costume Auction

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Viewing on:
Friday 19th October 9am to 5pm
Saturday 20th October 9am to 1pm
Sunday 21st October 10am to 1pm
Monday 22nd October 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 23rd October 9am to 5pm
We will be auctioning the entire stock of Pavilion Opera including costumes, wigs, weapons & props. Over 600 lots that will be arranged by production.


The costumes, weapons, major props and flags are from 23 productions:
Macbeth, Don Carlos, Il trovatore, Maria Stuarda: (all c.medieval), Die Entführung auf dem Serail, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cenerentola: (all c18th C), the Barber of Seville, Norma, l’Elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, La Bohème, Traviata, Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Tosca (all c19th C); Carmen (1930s), Tales of Hoffman and The Magic Flute (fairytale)