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THE NEXT LEVEL|
Friday 17th August 2018
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.
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...
||A SHEEN OF DEW ON FLOWERS|
Independent Opera and the Britten Sinfonia present Joby Talbot's new cantata
A new commission from Independent Opera celebrates the bi-centenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and is inspired both by their marriage and the Queen’s sapphire and diamond coronet, designed by Prince Albert himself. Based on sacred texts by women from all over the world and throughout the ages, it reflects on love and loss.
Natalie Murray Beale, Independent Opera’s Creative Director, conducts the Britten Sinfonia and the Britten Sinfonia Voices with soloists Kelley O’Connor and Tobias Greenhalgh. The work is part of a double bill celebrating Queen Victoria, the second part of which is Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony No 3, dedicated to her.
A Sheen of Dew on Flowers by Joby Talbot, a co-production by Independent Opera and the Britten Sinfonia is at the Barbican Hall, London on April 11. Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells profile
||DARE TO DREAM|
Garsington Opera's new commission brings together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire with a vision of hope in the future
The multi-media, staged opera production incorporating film and inspired by a global poetry project, features a choir of 650 primary school children from Buckinghamshire, a stage company of 90 primary school children from three Bucks schools, soloists Claire Wild and Kieran Rayner, and a 25-piece orchestra from Buckinghamshire Music Trust.
Poems and themes about difficult lives initiated and explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries, have been interwoven into a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life. Composer Hannah Conway has combined this libretto with ideas from the workshops and a shared vision of hope and a belief in the future has emerged. Karen Gillingham, creative director of Garsington Opera Learning & Participation, directs.
Dare to Dream, by Hannah Conway (composer), and Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence (librettists), commissioned by Garsington Opera in partnership with Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT) and Rosetta Life, premiers at the Royal Albert Hall, London on March 18. It is the second half of Echoes 8, a biennial singing event produced by BMT. Garsington Opera profile
||ROBIN HOOD -- THE DARK SIDE|
For its third production The Opera Story recasts a favourite story from English folklore
Everyone is familiar with the legend of the folk hero who steals from the rich to give to the poor; it has been the subject of many adventure films and TV series and the title role played by glamorous stars. The Opera Story, who like to take familiar tales and retell them in a provocative and contemporary way (they’ve tackled Snow White and Goldilocks so far), have this year chosen Robin Hood.
Might there be something more behind that romantic, swashbuckling façade? Might there be a dark secret? Alongside up-and-coming composer Dani Howard, librettists Zoe Palmer and Rebecca Hurst re-think the struggles and motivations of this well-known character and those around him, exploring themes such as loyalty and brotherhood, land rights and power, justice and morality. Polly Graham directs.
The Opera Story production of Robin Hood premieres on February 27 and continues for five performances at the Bussey Building, London.
The Opera Story profile
A new Glyndebourne community opera focussing on separation and political divides features Glyndebourne Youth Opera.
The newly commissioned work, Agreed, composed by Howard Moody with a libretto by Anna Moody, draws inspiration from ancient myths and contemporary political borderlines. Torn by divisions, violence and unrest, the conscience of the people of Orientis is tested and they and their leader are forced to accountability.
The multi-genre score includes elements of classical, world and jazz music. An intergenerational chorus of performers, including the Glyndebourne Youth Opera, will perform the piece, led by five professional singers. Young instrumentalists will play in the pit alongside members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The new Glyndebourne community opera commission Agreed by Howard Moody, composer, and Anna Moody, librettist, opens at Glyndebourne on March 1 for 3 performances.
Glyndebourne Education profile
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|Sex and Violence, Power and Passion|
Mid Wales Opera opens their 30th year with a Spring tour of Puccini's Tosca
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|Forty Years On|
The National Opera Studio's celebratory year concludes with Opera in Concert performances in London and Edinburgh
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|Handel's Opera for Today|
New Chamber Opera mounts Handel's Xerxes to cheer our winter days
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|Seasonal Delights: A Christmas Night at the Opera|
London Festival Opera celebrates the festive season
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The National Opera Studio's last residency of the year marks the centenary of the end of World War I
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|¡Y Viva España!|
Mid Wales Opera lights up the autumn with a fiesta of Spanish delights featuring Ravel's L'Heure espagnole
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|Seasonal Delights: Amahl and the Night Visitors|
A twentieth-century Christmas classic from Bampton Classical Opera
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|Bach to Baroque|
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|Expressing the Inexpressible|
Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion
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|Independent Opera Scholar's Recital|
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|Enchantments and Disenchantments|
British Youth Opera's 2018 season features The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Samms' jolly pastiche of Shakespeare and classical composers, and The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky's tale of depravity and decline
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|To Boldly Go|
An eclectic selection of operatic essays exploring our strange new world and challenging the boundaries of opera from Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
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|"Truth in England for Evermore..."|
Opera della Luna mounts Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot's The Arcadians
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|Birds of Passage|
Garsington Opera’s Youth Company perform John Barber's Eliza and the Swans
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|Cloak and Dagger in the Playboy Mansion|
The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival.
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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
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Iford Arts' 25th anniversary season takes us on a series of journeys with Bernstein's Candide, Handel's Partenope and Puccini's Madame Butterfly
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|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
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|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
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|This Is My Bed|
English Touring Opera continues its ambitious outreach work with a new opera for a special audience
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|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
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The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase
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|Something Old, Something New...|
New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs
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|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
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|The National Opera Studio Goes Forth|
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|Small is Beautiful|
Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues
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|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 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
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OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine
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|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 01 Aug
The Longborough Festival Opera season features a seminal work by Gluck and operas by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner – all influenced by his musical reforms
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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
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Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 19 Jul
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 20 Jul
London, ROH: 20 Jul
Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
London, ROH: 20m Jul
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 21 Jul
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
London, ROH: 21 Jul
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 24, 25, 26 Jul
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 8, 8 Aug