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 Recent OMTF Events
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.


 Past OMTF Events
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.

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.


Friday 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...


The National Opera Studio presents an evening of American opera

From Avner Dorman to Tobias Picker – this National Opera Studio showcase explores the American repertoire covering opera and music theatre, the well-known and the rarely seen, comedy and tragedy in an evening of scenes and arias woven into a semi-staged production directed by the celebrated British Opera director Keith Warner.

The eclectic selection of works includes Avner Dorman’s Ragtime, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, Stephen Sondheim’s Roadshow, Merrily We Roll Along and Company, Menotti’s The Consul, Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.

The National Opera Studios’ Broad Stripes and Bright Stars is at St John's Smith Square on April 24.

National Opera Studio profile


Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships

An anarchic, surrealist world drawn from Eastern European theatre is the setting for a new opera influenced by Weill, Birtwistle, and Romitelli, alongside mainstream pop.

The Mother is an adaptation of the absurdist play Matka by Polish writer Witkacy (adapatation and text by Theo Merz). It draws on Osborne’s own intense and claustrophobic experience of living with his single mother – a period he outgrew but which the protagonist of the opera does not. It also reflects the universality of the experience of close family relationships which can be both life-affirming and difficult. Leon dreams of changing the world with his radical philosophy but the explosive, suffocating, mutually destructive relationship he has with his mother leaves little time for anything or anyone else.

The Mother was first seen as part of a Mahogany Opera Group showcase of work-in-progress in 2015 and since then has been developed through the Various Stages programme resulting in a satirical and explosive response to the traditions of opera.

The Mahogany Opera Group production of The Mother by Laurence Osborne and Theo Merz will be premiered on April 25 at POSK, LONDON.

Mahogany Opera Group profile


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

Asking4It Productions are a young company whose aim is to explore poignant and sensitive issues often hidden from public view.  They don’t choose easy subjects: their recent projects have explored harrowing topics such as the meaning of cancer and its treatments and forced child marriage.  Their new new double bill explores the sex trade, slavery and human trafficking and is part of the Wales Millennium Centre’s Performances for the Curious season of compelling and critically-lauded new work.

Peacekeeping, a chamber opera for four voices, harp, oboe, cello and percussion is a multi-layered story about the trade in human beings.  The Filmmaker and The Organ Trader featuring an electronic score evoking an industrial, transport and internal body soundscape is an unusual love story between clowns which delves into their dark, lucrative world of body harvesting and organ trading.  Bought, sold, filmed, exhausted, transplanted and sold again.  Is equality ever possible while men pay women for sex? People are selling organs to survive.  Children are being kidnapped.  Refugees and displaced people are at risk from traffickers and brokers.  Both works pose the question: Who does your body belong to?

The premiere of the double bill Peacekeping with The Filmmaker and the Organ Trader by Ashley John Long and Jane Fox takes place on May 19 in the cabaret venue ffresh at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Asking4It Productions profile


Streetwise Opera's latest work celebrates life and love on Tyneside

The company’s new opera, which takes its title Tell me the Truth about Love from one of Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs, explores the meaning of love and celebrates one hundred years of life and love on Tyneside. Combining classical, folk and modern music from Mozart to Stevie Wonder with Geordie favourites Big River, Blaydon Races and The Water of Tyne, it also features new music by Will Todd and Anna Appleby.

It is directed by Olivier Award winner Bijan Sheibani and will be performed by the classic Streetwise mix of adults who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, with professional performers: mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia. The story and text by Meriel Sheibani-Clare, includes additional text by Streetwise Opera performers.

Tina has never been in love. Now she’s the bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding and can’t move for relatives asking: ‘When is it going to be you?’. But Tina insists she’s better off on her own. If you haven’t got love, you can’t lose it, right? Yet as the wedding day unfolds, her determination not to let anyone in starts to falter…

The Streetwise Opera premiere of Tell me the Truth about Love featuring new music by Will Todd and Anna Appleby, takes place on April 14 at Sage Two, Sage Gateshead where it will have four performances.

Streetwise Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
Feb 2018
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 
Feb 2018
to 10 Apr
Full On Russian
Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin 
Mar 2018
to 28 Mar
Tangled Webs
The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase 
Feb 2018
to 08 Mar
Something Old, Something New...
New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs 
Feb 2018
to 06 Mar
From Russia With Love
The National Opera Studio’s first residency of 2018 takes Russian classics to Scotland 
Dec 2017
to 14 Dec
Ethereal intervention
The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year 
Dec 2017
to 22 Feb
The National Opera Studio Goes Forth
Nov 2017
to 03 Dec
Small is Beautiful
Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues 
Nov 2017
to 23 Dec
Breaking with Tradition
OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s 
Nov 2017
to 11 Nov
Uncertain Journeys
New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration 
Oct 2017
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 
Oct 2017
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 
Oct 2017
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 
Sep 2017
to 08 Sep
British Youth Opera's season features Judith Weir's Vanishing Bridegroom and Mozart's Don Giovanni 
Sep 2017
to 06 Oct
The Magic of the Theatre
OperaUpClose reinvents Mozart's Magic Flute 
Aug 2017
to 10 Aug
The Music Troupe presents a spicy new chamber opera
Jul 2017
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 
Jul 2017
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 
Jul 2017
to 20 Aug
End Call
OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine 
Jul 2017
to 12 Sep
Lessons from the Green-Eyed Monster
Bampton Classical Opera scores another first with the Salieri opera The School of Jealousy 
Jul 2017
to 31 Aug
Opera della Luna will lift our spirits this summer with an operetta by Johann Strauss 
Jun 2017
to 02 Jul
Power Games
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 
Jun 2017
to 14 Jun
Dramatic Missions
The Longborough Festival Opera season features a seminal work by Gluck and operas by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner – all influenced by his musical reforms 
Jun 2017
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 
May 2017
to 17 Jul
Y Tŵr
Music Theatre Wales' first Welsh language opera explores the challenges of love, change and ageing 
May 2017
to 13 Jun
Intimate Experiences
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 
May 2017
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 
May 2017
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 
Mar 2017
to 02 Mar
A Chorus of Celebration
Composers in residence around the country help celebrate Streetwise Opera anniversary 
Mar 2017
to 06 Mar
National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera
This year's students in their first residency of the year 
Mar 2017
to 07 Mar
Rough For Opera #15
Three test performances from composers Catherine Kontz, Benjamin Tassie and Jonathan Higgins 
Mar 2017
to 10 Jun
Resisting Power and Pretension
English Touring Opera's new tour features Puccini's Tosca, and Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical Patience 
Feb 2017
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 
Feb 2017
to 24 Feb
Various Stages
Mahogany Opera Group's annual showcase of new work-in-progress is expanding for 2017 

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Ellen Kent International
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre: 26 Apr
Guildford, G-Live: 28 Apr
Brighton, Theatre Royal: 2 May
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 3 May
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre: 5 May
Dartford, The Orchard: 6 May
Reading, The Hexagon: 10 May
Malvern, Festival Theatre: 13 May

English Touring Opera
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 26, 27 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 1 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 9 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 12 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 25 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 30 May
York, Theatre Royal: 2 Jun
Puccini: Il tabarro
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 26, 27 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 1 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 9 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 12 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 25 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 30 May
York, Theatre Royal: 2 Jun

Royal Opera
Venables: 4.48 Psychosis
London, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith: 26, 28, 30 Apr, 2, 4 May

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Handel: Solomon
Edinburgh, Usher Hall: 26 Apr
Glasgow, City Halls: 27 Apr

Shadwell Opera
Janáček: The Diary of One Who Disappeared
London, Omnibus Theatre: 26, 27 Apr
Nesbit: The Grief of Antigone
London, Omnibus Theatre: 26, 27 Apr

Swansea City Opera
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake: 26 Apr
Bridlington, The Spa: 28 Apr
Harrogate, Theatre: 4 May
Middlesbrough, Theatre: 12 May

Ellen Kent International
Verdi: La traviata
Portsmouth, Kings Theatre: 27 Apr
Hastings, White Rock Theatre: 29 Apr
Brighton, Theatre Royal: 1 May
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre: 4 May
Swansea, Grand Theatre: 12 May

Royal Opera
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
London, ROH: 27 Apr

Scottish Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 27, 29m Apr, 3, 5 May
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 10, 12 May
Inverness, Eden Court: 15, 17, 19 May
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 23, 26, 29, 31 May

English Touring Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 28 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 30 Apr
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 3, 4 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 8 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 11 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 14 May
Perth, Concert Hall: 17 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 22, 23, 26 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 29 May
York, Theatre Royal: 1 Jun
Stoke-on-Trent, The Regent Theatre: 4 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 6 Jun
Blackpool, Grand Theatre: 9 Jun

Opera North
Strauss,R: Salome
Perth Theatre: 29 Apr
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre: 3 May
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead: 5 May
Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall: 10 May
Hull, City Hall: 16 May

English Touring Opera
Russell Hepplewhite: Shackleton's Cat
Chatham, Lordswood Library: 1m May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 4m May
London, Canada Water theatre: 19m, 19m May
London, The Albany Theatre: 20m, 20m May
York, Explorer and Acomb Library: 2m Jun

English National Opera
London, Gate Theatre: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 May, 1, 2 Jun

English Touring Opera
Pete Letanka: This is my Bed
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5m May
London, Polka Theatre: 13m, 14m, 15m, 16m, 17m, 20m, 21m, 22m, 23m, 24m Jun

Scottish Opera
Rakhmaninov: Aleko
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 6 May
Rakhmaninov: Francesca da Rimini
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 6 May

National Opera Studio
Magic Wandsworth
London, Holy Trinity Church Wandsworth: 9 May

Royal Opera
Benjamin,G: Lessons in Love and Violence
London, ROH: 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, 26 May

Ellen Kent International
Verdi: Rigoletto
Swansea, Grand Theatre: 11 May

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Colchester, Mercury theatre: 11 May
Harrogate Theatre: 17 Jul
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 12 May

English Touring Opera
Rossini: Opera anthology

Perth, Concert Hall: 18 May
Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Hall: 5 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Jun

Hampstead Garden Opera
Verdi: La traviata
London, Jacksons Lane Theatre: 18, 19, 20m, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26m, 26, 27m May

Asking4It Productions
Ashley John Long/Jane Fox: Peacekeeping

Cardiff, Wales Millenium Centre, Ffresh: 19 May
Ashley John Long/Jane Fox: The Filmmaker and the Organ Trader
Cardiff, Wales Millenium Centre, Ffresh: 19 May

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 19m, 23m, 26m, 31m May, 3m, 6m, 9m, 14m, 17m, 21m, 24m, 28m Jun, 1m, 5m, 8m, 12m, 18m Jul
Strauss,R: Der Rosenkavalier
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 20m, 24m, 27m, 30m May, 2m, 8m, 12m, 16m, 19m, 22m, 26m Jun

Opera North
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 23, 24, 25, 26m, 26 May

Iford Arts
Bernstein: Candide
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 26, 29, 30 May, 1, 2, 5 Jun

Garsington Opera
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 31 May, 2, 8, 14, 17, 22, 24, 30 Jun, 11, 17, 19, 21 Jul
Strauss,R: Capriccio
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 20, 23, 28 Jun

Longborough Festival Opera
Wagner,Richard: Der fliegende Holländer
Longborough, Opera House: 6, 9, 11, 13 Jun

Grange Park Opera
Rodgers: Oklahoma!
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 7, 8, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29 Jun, 7 Jul
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 9, 14, 17, 22, 24, 27, 30 Jun, 5 Jul

English Touring Opera
Letanka: This is My Bed
London, Polka Theatre: 13, 13m, 14, 14m, 15, 15m, 16, 16m, 17, 17m, 20, 20m, 21, 21m, 22, 22m, 23, 23m, 24, 24m Jun

Garsington Opera
Verdi: Falstaff
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 16, 18, 21, 29 Jun, 4, 7, 13, 15, 20, 22 Jul

Mahogany Opera Group
Snappy Operas
Medbourne, Nevill Holt: 18 Jun

Grange Park Opera
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 23, 26 Jun, 1, 4, 6 Jul

Iford Arts
Handel: Partenope
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 23, 26, 28, 30 Jun, 3, 4 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Longborough, Opera House: 23, 26, 28, 30 Jun, 1, 3 Jul

Opera Cocktail
Oxford, TBC: 27 Jun

Garsington Opera
Sawer: The Skating Rink
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 5, 8, 10, 14, 16 Jul

Opera della Luna
Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment
Buxton, Opera House: 9, 15m Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Strauss,R: Ariadne auf Naxos
Longborough, Opera House: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Jul

Bampton Classical Opera
Isouard: Cinderella
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 20, 21 Jul
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 27 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 18 Sep

Iford Arts
Puccini: Madame Butterfly
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 Jul, 2, 4 Aug

Longborough Festival Opera
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
Longborough, Opera House: 28, 30, 31 Jul, 2 Aug

Garsington Opera
John Barber / Hazel Gould: Eliza and the Swans
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 3 Aug