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THE VALUE OF INCLUSION|
How to create a more successful organisation by embracing diversity
October 18, 2017
Travers Smith, London EC1A, UK
As arts practitioners, we can always learn from other sectors. Join us and other opera and music theatre colleagues to hear from representatives of a range of sectors and people who are successfully achieving change. Plus sessions on Unconscious Bias, Marketing, Wellbeing, Fundraising and Managing Diversity policies.
DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED 2016|
How Can We Change Opera For The Better?
April 9 and 10, 2016
Lilian Baylis House, London, UK
A weekend of passionate discussion and informal conversation to help shape the future of opera. Open to all members of the operatic community: practitioners and audiences, administrators and technicians, friends and critics, newcomers and old hands.
Open Space discussion facilitated by Improbable in partnership with the English National Opera and Tête à Tête, and in association with the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Coordinating Committee, Opera Europa and OMTF.
35+ reports from the event are available here
Friday 31st July 2015
Regent Theatre, Regent High School, London
An OMTF symposium exploring the key issues in fundraising; the many different ways of raising money in an era of diminishing public funding; how to find and hold on to your funders and donors; planning fundraising strategies; building effective cases for public funding; and what it takes to be successful.
Panels and surgeries with experts from Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and more will provide opportunities to learn from some of the most successful fundraisers in the sector.
Suitable for companies of all shapes and sizes.
DEVOTED & DISGRUNTLED
What are we going to do about Opera?
June 6 and 7, 2015
Royal Opera House, London, UK
A weekend of passionate discussion and informal conversation open to all members of the operatic community: artists and audiences, administrators and technicians, friends and critics, newcomers and old hands.
Open Space discussion facilitated by Improbable in partnership with the Royal Opera House, Tête à Tête, National Opera Coordinating Committee and Opera Europa.
Reports from the Devoted and Disgruntled event are available here.
MARKETING YOUR COMPANYFriday 1st August 2014, 2-5pm
King's Place, London
How does your company reach the right people? What makes your company and shows unique and appealing to audiences, funders, promoters and everyone who matters to you? An OMTF Symposium exploring how an organisation’s distinctive profile can improve both its place in the market and its ticket sales.
Speakers from English Touring Opera; Kings Place; Mahogany Opera Group; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The 2013 Conference, Future Tense, hosted by the Royal Opera House, London, focused on what the world might be like in 2030.
Artists, business leaders, policy-makers and thinkers sought to understand a rapidly changing arts sector in a rapidly changing world. Speakers included Royal Opera House Artistic Director Kasper Holten, playwright/librettist Mark Ravenhill, Bill Winters, CEO and Chairman, Renshaw Bay, Phillida Cheetham, Policy Department, Which? and Marcus Romer, Artistic Director, Pilot Theatre. More details on the event page...
The 2013 Open Event was Innovation, Innovation, Innovation: Embracing the Digital Revolution hosted by the Tête à Tête Festival at the Riverside Studios, London in August 2013.
A wide range of digital applications were discussed with speakers including The Space, The Young Vic, the Royal Opera House and NESTA.
Watch the presentations and see more details on the event page...
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THE NEXT LEVEL
Friday 17th August: 14:30 – 17:30
City Lit, 1-10 Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA
Part of Tête à Tête: the Opera Festival
How can companies move to the next level? What are the barriers to developing a company, increasing performances, enhancing the profile, doing something different? What part do image, market knowledge, networking and business models play? Can companies help each other? Or is it all down to funding?
Join us to explore and discuss ways to grow with our contributors Jane-Eve Straughton, General Manager, English Touring Opera; Sarah Crabtree, Creative Producer, The Royal Opera House; Dominic Haddock, Director of Development, Spitalfields Music; Michael Duffy, Music Programme Manager, the British Council; and Antony Feeny, management consultant and opera economist.
OMTF Members free but booking required.
Booking info: https://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/event/the-next-level-an-opera-and-music-theatre-forum-open-event/
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An eclectic selection of operatic essays exploring our strange new world and challenging the boundaries of opera from Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
It’s an opera festival, so there’s plenty of the usual sex and death. But as a contemporary festival it reflects current affairs, current gripes, and current joys in its programming. Audiences may want to scream into the void about the state of the world and the inexorable and perhaps deadly influence of technology, shriek with joy at the thought of aubergine recipes (Music From The Show Nightshade: Aubergine) or be pleasurably outraged as Tête à Tête itself (back by popular demand) massacre another repertoire classic (Toscatastrophe); whatever, you can probably find it reflected somewhere in this year’s festival. There’s sci-fi, social networking (#Echochamber), ruminations on race and identity (BISHI: The Good Immigrant) displacement and belonging, (Blue electric) the meaning of life, conspiracy theories (Nibiru, Ergo Phizmiz), and the end of the world (at least three times).
Those seeking less challenging topics could find (or pretend to be) a child and go to The Lost Box of Stories and The Barrington Hippo or go for a walk with Catherine Kontz’s music ringing in their ears (Fleet Footing). There will be free Cubitt Sessions including the latest chapter in the Errollyn Wallen Songbook, and forays into that other country of the past with Mary’s Hand, an opera about Mary Tudor, a surreal version of a play by Lorca (The Cloak and Dagger Affair) and the beguiling world of artist Jean Arp (Amphora).
The past, present and future (including, quite possibly, the future of opera) is waiting to be discovered in the enterprise that is the annual Tête à Tête festival.
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival opens in London on July 26 in Cubitt Square and concludes on August 18 at The Place. Tête à Tête Festival profile
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Opera della Luna mounts Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot's The Arcadians
Now here’s a way to solve our present ills: A world where no one tells lies, where money is unknown, and employment is unnecessary. What if champions of this way of life arrived in London to convert the inhabitants? What could possibly go wrong?
The Edwardians knew a thing or two about the battle between cynicism and simplicity. And Monckton and Talbot knew how to create a success. The stirring overture, operatic finales and wonderfully tuneful score made The Arcadians an instant hit and its tale of innocent ambassadors from a forgotten pastoral paradise sent to improve wicked London struck a chord in a society whose carefree hours were numbered. First performed in London in 1909 it is generally acknowledged to be the finest of Edwardian musical comedies, both reflecting the work of Gilbert and Sullivan and foreshadowing some of the great operettas and musicals of the twentieth century. it was immensely successful both in London and on Broadway and toured the English provinces for ten years.
The Arcadians was popular with amateur theatre groups throughout the 20th century and Opera della Luna are presenting the first professional performance for decades. A semi-staged concert performance, it will have revised dialogue by Jeff Clarke, and new orchestration by David Russell Hulme.
The Opera della Luna production of Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot’s The Arcadians can be seen at London's Wilton’s Music Hall on August 1. Opera della Luna profile
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Garsington Opera’s Youth Company perform John Barber's Eliza and the Swans
Garsington Opera’s Learning and participation work features a variety of opportunities for communities to be involved in creating, learning about and performing opera. This summer has seen a project in partnership with local schools based on The Magic Flute leading to a shared performance featuring180 children and 3 professional singers.
The season may be over but there is one more event on the main stage – the result of Easter and Summer residences for Garsington Opera’s Youth Company during which young people from the local area work with professional stage and music directors. This year the 80-strong company will be performing John Barber and Hazel Gould’s Eliza and the Swans, originally commissioned by the W11 Children's Opera Trust in 2015. An update of Hans Christian Andersen's Wild Swans, the tale of a young princess who has to rescue her brothers from an evil queen is about growing up and leaving home.
The performance, for an audience of family and friends, will be followed by The Bureau of Small Things a short piece performed by the Garsington Adult Chorus and devised during the Magic Flute project.
The Garsington Opera Youth Company will be performing a new production of Eliza and the Swans, by John Barber (composer) and Hazel Gould (librettist), at Wormsley on Friday August 3 for an invited audience.
Garsington Opera profile
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to 08 Aug
|Cloak and Dagger in the Playboy Mansion|
The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival.
to 13 Jun
Change is at the heart of Longborough Festival Opera's 2018 season with Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi's La traviata, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea
to 05 Jun
Iford Arts' 25th anniversary season takes us on a series of journeys with Bernstein's Candide, Handel's Partenope and Puccini's Madame Butterfly
to 18 Sep
|Happy Ever After|
Bampton Classical Opera spreads a little joy with Nicolò Isouard's Cendrillon
to 10 Jul
|The Price of Love|
The City Lit Opera School's end-of-year showcase includes both Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice and Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief
to 21 Jul
|Three Swan Songs and a Premiere|
Garsington Opera's 2018 Season features a trio of last operas - Verdi's Falstaff, Richard Strauss's Capriccio, and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte plus the world premiere of The Skating Rink by David Sawer and Rory Mullarkey
to 24 Jun
|This Is My Bed|
English Touring Opera continues its ambitious outreach work with a new opera for a special audience
to 15 Jun
|And Now For Something Completely Different|
The National Opera Studio and Second Movement team up to create new audition pieces
to 19 May
Stories from the frontlines of human misery: a provocative new double bill of mini operas from Ashley John Long and Jane Fox at Asking4It Productions
to 25 Apr
|Mothers and Sons|
Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships
to 24 Apr
|Broad Stripes and Bright Stars|
The National Opera Studio presents an evening of American opera
to 15 Apr
|What is the Truth About Love?|
Streetwise Opera's latest work celebrates life and love on Tyneside
to 07 Jun
|Fireworks and Fun|
Rossini provides vocal display, Mozart a comedy and Puccini a punchy double bill: it all makes for a sparkling spring tour from English Touring Opera
to 10 Apr
|Full On Russian|
Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin
to 28 Mar
The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase
to 08 Mar
|Something Old, Something New...|
New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs
to 06 Mar
|From Russia With Love|
The National Opera Studio’s first residency of 2018 takes Russian classics to Scotland
to 14 Dec
The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year
to 22 Feb
|The National Opera Studio Goes Forth|
to 03 Dec
|Small is Beautiful|
Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues
to 23 Dec
|Breaking with Tradition|
OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s
to 11 Nov
New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration
to 14 Nov
|Roman History, Greek Mythology -- The Baroque Treatment|
English Touring Opera's Autumn season features Handel's Giulio Cesare and Rameau's Dardanus
to 18 Oct
|OMTF Conference : The Value of Inclusion|
How to create a more successful organisation by embracing diversity, with advice and insights from leading law firm Travers Smith
to 09 Oct
|Rough For Opera #16|
Second Movement's second scratch night of the year includes new opera from composers Michael Betteridge, Georgina Bowden and Michael-Jon Mizra
to 08 Sep
British Youth Opera's season features Judith Weir's Vanishing Bridegroom and Mozart's Don Giovanni
to 06 Oct
|The Magic of the Theatre|
OperaUpClose reinvents Mozart's Magic Flute
to 10 Aug
|The Music Troupe presents a spicy new chamber opera|
to 30 Jul
|The Spirit of Paris|
The city is as much the star of Operacoast's summer project Gustav Charpentier’s Louise as the central romance
to 13 Aug
|Stories Current and Classic, Themes for Adults and Children, but Always New Music-- It's #TATFEST17|
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival unleashes its tenth celebration of new opera including complete short operas and works-in-progress
to 20 Aug
OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine
to 12 Sep
|Lessons from the Green-Eyed Monster|
Bampton Classical Opera scores another first with the Salieri opera The School of Jealousy
to 31 Aug
Opera della Luna will lift our spirits this summer with an operetta by Johann Strauss
to 02 Jul
The use and abuse of power drives operas by Puccini, Janacek and Wagner in Grange Park Opera's first season in its new home at West Horsley Place
to 14 Jun
The Longborough Festival Opera season features a seminal work by Gluck and operas by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner – all influenced by his musical reforms
to 04 Jul
|All About Love|
Garsington Opera's summer season includes Handel, Mozart, Debussy and Rossini together with a new commission from Roxanna Panufnik
to 17 Jul
Music Theatre Wales' first Welsh language opera explores the challenges of love, change and ageing
to 13 Jun
Iford Arts hosts big emotions in their small but perfectly formed space – Love in La boheme and the Barber of Seville; grief and hope in Handel's Jephtha
to 07 May
|#LoveOpera Weekend, May 5--7|
Following OMTF's successful campaign last May we will once again be celebrating live opera and music theatre in the UK
to 06 May
|Dubai-Rostov-New York - Adventures in Faraway Places|
The National Opera Studio showcases new works by three celebrated female composers, Joanna Marsh, Elena Langer and Errollyn Wallen
to 02 Mar
|A Chorus of Celebration|
Composers in residence around the country help celebrate Streetwise Opera anniversary
to 06 Mar
|National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera|
This year's students in their first residency of the year
to 07 Mar
|Rough For Opera #15|
Three test performances from composers Catherine Kontz, Benjamin Tassie and Jonathan Higgins
to 10 Jun
|Resisting Power and Pretension|
English Touring Opera's new tour features Puccini's Tosca, and Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical Patience
to 04 Mar
|Back On the Road|
Mid Wales Opera hits the road with Handel's Semele, Mozart's Magic Flute and an ambitious programme for the future
to 24 Feb
Mahogany Opera Group's annual showcase of new work-in-progress is expanding for 2017
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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Pepusch: The Beggar's Opera
Edinburgh, King's Theatre: 19 Aug
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 19m, 22m, 24m, 26m Aug
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 21m, 23m, 25m Aug
Opéra de Lyon
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 24, 25, 26 Aug
Bampton Classical Opera
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 27 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 18 Sep
British Youth Opera
Sams: The Enchanted Island
London, Peacock Theatre: 1, 5, 7 Sep
Music at Woodhouse
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Holmbury St Mary, Woodhouse, Lake Amphitheatre: 1m, 2m Sep
English National Opera
Britten: Paul Bunyan
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8m, 8 Sep
British Youth Opera
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
London, Peacock Theatre: 4, 6, 8 Sep
Irish National Opera
Dennehy: The Second Violinist
London, Barbican: 6, 7, 8 Sep
Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann
Dublin, O'Reilly Theatre: 14, 15 Sep
Dún Laoghaire, Pavilion Theatre: 18 Sep
Cork Operatic Society
Sullivan,A: The Mikado
Cork, Opera House: 15 Sep
Welsh National Opera
Prokofiev,S: War and Peace
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 15, 22, 29m Sep
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 16, 22, 28 Sep, 3, 5, 11, 13 Oct
Music Theatre Wales
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 11 Oct
London, SBC, Queen Elizabeth Hall: 13 Oct
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 23 Oct
Snape, Maltings: 30 Oct
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 6 Nov
Mold, Clwyd Theatr Cymru: 10 Nov
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
London, Artsdepot: 3 Nov