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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...


British Youth Opera's 2018 season features The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Sam’s jolly pastiche of Shakespeare and classical composers, and The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky's tale of depravity and decline

Shipwrecked and mismatched lovers, an Ariel/Puck who keeps making mistakes, an exiled Duke who is rather unkind to the resident population, Caliban running wild with ideas above his station, a missing prince and a cameo role from the sea god, Neptune..  This is The Enchanted Island devised and written by Jeremy Sams, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Premiered in 2011 by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it is a pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others.  British Youth Opera are giving it a UK premiere.

Also based on a classic story, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (libretto by Chester Kallman) relates to William Hogarth’s famous series of paintings.  The delights of London and his new servant Nick Shadow tempt Tom Rakewell to desert his fiancée and go to seek the bright lights.  Unfortunately the servant turns out to be the Devil, and the bright lights lead the way to disaster.  Providing rich and challenging material for principals and chorus this will be the third time that BYO has staged the opera

British Youth Opera’s 2018 season opens on September 1 with the UK premiere of The Enchanted Island devised and written by Jeremy Sams and continues on September 4 with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.  Both are at the Peacock Theatre, London. British Youth Opera profile


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


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


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

Other current and recent stories:
Aug 2018
to 08 Aug
Cloak and Dagger in the Playboy Mansion
The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival. 
Jun 2018
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 
May 2018
to 05 Jun
Travelling Hopefully
Iford Arts' 25th anniversary season takes us on a series of journeys with Bernstein's Candide, Handel's Partenope and Puccini's Madame Butterfly 
Jul 2018
to 18 Sep
Happy Ever After
Bampton Classical Opera spreads a little joy with Nicolò Isouard's Cendrillon 
Jul 2018
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 
May 2018
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 
Jun 2018
to 24 Jun
This Is My Bed
English Touring Opera continues its ambitious outreach work with a new opera for a special audience 
Jun 2018
to 15 Jun
And Now For Something Completely Different
The National Opera Studio and Second Movement team up to create new audition pieces 
May 2018
to 19 May
Conflict Zones
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 
Apr 2018
to 25 Apr
Mothers and Sons
Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships 
Apr 2018
to 24 Apr
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars
The National Opera Studio presents an evening of American opera 
Apr 2018
to 15 Apr
What is the Truth About Love?
Streetwise Opera's latest work celebrates life and love on Tyneside 
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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Irish National Opera
Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann
Limerick, Lime Tree Theatre: 22 Sep
Cork, Everyman: 25 Sep
Tralee, Siamsa Tíre: 27 Sep
Kilkenny, Watergate Theatre: 29 Sep
Galway, Town Hall Theatre: 2 Oct
Letterkenny, An Grianán Theatre: 4 Oct
Sligo, Hawk's Well Theatre: 6 Oct

Opera North
Puccini: Tosca
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 22, 28 Sep, 3, 5, 11, 13 Oct

Welsh National Opera
Prokofiev,S: War and Peace
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 22, 29m Sep
Oxford, New Theatre: 13 Oct
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 20 Oct

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Das Rheingold
London, ROH: 24 Sep, 2, 16, 26 Oct
Wagner,Richard: Die Walküre
London, ROH: 26m Sep, 4m, 18m, 28m Oct

English National Opera
Strauss,R: Salome
London, Coliseum: 28 Sep, 3, 6, 12, 18, 20, 23 Oct

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 28, 30m Sep, 4, 6 Oct
Oxford, New Theatre: 10, 12 Oct
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 17, 19 Oct

Opera North
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 29 Sep, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12 Oct

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Siegfried
London, ROH: 29 Sep, 7, 21, 31 Oct

NI Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
Belfast, Grand Opera House: 30 Sep, 2, 4, 6 Oct

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Götterdämmerung
London, ROH: 1m, 9m, 24m Oct, 2m Nov

Welsh National Opera
Langer: Rhondda Rips It Up!
Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre: 3 Oct
Oxford, Playhouse: 9 Oct
Bangor, Pontio: 16 Oct
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 5, 7 Oct
Oxford, New Theatre: 11 Oct
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 18 Oct

English National Opera
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
London, Coliseum: 11, 13, 17, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 Oct, 3m, 8, 10, 14, 17m Nov

Music Theatre Wales
Dusapin: Passion
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

Irish National Opera
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
Dublin, Gaiety Theatre: 12, 13, 14 Oct

Verdi: La traviata
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 Oct, 2 Nov
Massenet: Cendrillon
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 13, 20, 22, 25, 28, 31 Oct, 3 Nov

Scottish Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 18, 21m, 24, 27 Oct

Wexford Festival Opera
Giordano: Mala vita
Wexford, National Opera House: 19, 25, 28m, 31 Oct, 3 Nov
Leoni: L'Oracolo
Wexford, National Opera House: 19, 25, 28m, 31 Oct, 3 Nov
Bolcom: Dinner at Eight
Wexford, National Opera House: 20, 23, 26 Oct, 1, 4 Nov
Donizetti: Don Pasquale (reduction)
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 20m, 24m, 27m, 31m Oct, 3m Nov
Mercadante: Il bravo
Wexford, National Opera House: 21m, 24, 27, 30 Oct, 2 Nov

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
London, Artsdepot: 3 Nov