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 Recent 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


 Past OMTF Events
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 city is as much the star of Operacoast's summer project Gustav Charpentier’s Louise as the central romance

Every year OperaCoast runs a summer course for singers from all over the UK and beyond who are passionate about opera.  One complete opera is explored over a long weekend culminating in a public performance.  The choice for 2017 is the French opera Louise in a translation by Christopher Cowell. 

Set in Paris in the midst of social change the idea of freedom, both personal and moral, is embodied in the seething artistic quarter of Montmartre, where love and laughter are weapons against the realities of a mundane existence.  Premiered in 1900 this straightforward love story was an immediate success.  It exemplifies the composer’s strong belief in self determination and the rights of the individual – equally relevant today – which were further developed two years later when he founded a conservatoire to provide free arts education for Parisian working girls.

The OperaCoast production of Gustav Charpentier’s Louise takes place at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne on July 30.

OperaCoast profile


Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival unleashes its tenth celebration of new opera including complete short operas and works-in-progress

This year marks production company Tête à Tête’s twentieth anniversary, ten years of which have additionally been concerned with hosting an annual opera festival to unlock opportunities for a new generation of opera creators and audiences. There was no festival last year but the company experimented with many other ways of supporting new opera including the free Cubitt’s Sessions – (simply turn up and enjoy) and these will form a central part of this year’s festival.

Confronted with some 300 performers and 40 different shows ranging from the experimental to the sublime it is difficult to make a choice of what to see. This year the company is giving us a hand by grouping shows into helpful categories:

TOPICS OF TODAY obviously include immigration and Brexit but also modern parenting and the future of robots;

STEP BACK IN HISTORY – operas based on classic stories and historical themes ranging from ancient Babylon to Catherine of Aragon and Diaghilev, including a re-imagined version of The Winter’s Tale;

SPICY! ONLY FOR ADULTS is pretty much self-explanatory and includes happy cowgirls, gyrating dinosaurs, twisted love stories, scandalous deceit, gender identity, passion, anguish, madness and the possible colonization of Mars;

FAMILIES & YOUNG CHILDREN includes an opera created for very young children and babies and a new opera for children of all ages based on Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales along with free shows for family enjoyment, cabaret opera and Impropera's improvised opera.

Tête à Tête themselves will provide surprises throughout and round off the whole thing with a celebration of their 20 years of activity on the last night.

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival opens on July 25 and continues until August 13 at a variety of venues in and around King’s Cross.

Tête à Tête Festival profile


OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine

Familiar with depression and doomed love affairs, Poulenc’s last opera La Voix Humaine (1959) was a deeply personal work based on the play of the same name by his long-standing friend Jean Cocteau.

An intense 50-minute tour de force for solo soprano, it was written for the French singer Denise Duval, leading lady in all of Poulenc’s operas.  She was also suffering an emotional crisis at the time and the work is a devastating musical portrait of a human being on the brink of disintegration.  Alone in her flat, Elle cradles the phone as she tries to put on a brave face for her ex-lover at the other end, hampered by crossed lines and wrong numbers.

It will be performed in an English translation by soprano Sarah Minns with Richard Black (piano), directed by OperaUpClose’s Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale.

Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine will be performed at King’s Place, London on July 2.

OperaUpClose profile


Bampton Classical Opera scores another first with the Salieri opera The School of Jealousy

Bampton Classical Opera are serial premierists – they find neglected 18th century operas and give them their first British performances.  This opera has been performed in the UK but that was back in 1786 and it hasn’t been performed since despite enjoying a new wave of popularity in Europe.  Furthermore it is the bicentenary of the death of Nancy Storace, the famous 18th century Anglo-Italian soprano.  She sang in a key Viennese performance of the opera which brought her to the attention of Mozart and he went on to write the role of the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for her.  So it’s a good moment to revive the opera in a new translation by Bampton’s joint Artistic Directors Gilly French and Jeremy Gray.

First performed in 1778, this frivolously cynical comedy (rather a speciality of the librettist Caterino Mazzolà) was perfectly suited to the fashion of the period and quickly became one of the most popular operas of the age in different versions and sometimes in translation.  The plot revolves around two married couples who variously feel deliciously attracted and/or horribly jealous of each other and are not above using jealousy to exact revenge where they believe it to be due.  One couple’s cousin and their servants aid and abet the resulting intrigues and stratagems.

The School of Jealousy, a new translation of Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi by Bampton Classical Opera, premieres at The Deanery Gardens, Bampton on July 21.  After two performances it will tour to Westonbirt (August 28) and St John's Smith Square London, (September 12).

Bampton Classical Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
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 
Dec 2016
to 16 Dec
Old Tales of Kitezh Grad
Russian songs and arias presented by students of the OperaCoast Sing Russian course 
Dec 2016
to 05 Dec
The Human Condition
Explorations by Anna Clock, Martin Ward and Freya Ireland in Second Movement's latest Rough for Opera 
Oct 2016
to 28 Oct
Earthquake Fundraiser
Oct 2016
to 22 Nov
Perfect Matches?
The course of true love runs pretty bumpily in English Touring Opera's autumn season with Xerxes, La Calisto and Ulysses’ Homecoming 
Nov 2016
to 15 Nov
For Who Can Wield Like Shakespeare's Skilful Hand?
Bampton Classical Opera's autumn visit to London features Thomas Linley the Younger and Georg Benda 
Sep 2016
to 10 Sep
Free Spirits
British Youth Opera's season features two rarely seen works by Britten and Malcolm Williamson 
Aug 2016
to 27 Aug
The Hive
The last Tête à Tête production of the summer is a new opera by Carole Hayman and Harvey Brough 
Jul 2016
to 20 Sep
The Golden Dragon - New Recipe!
Music Theatre Wales premiers a new English language version of Peter Eötvös's fable of modern life 
Jul 2016
to 13 Sep
Divine Comedies
Greek gods feature in Bampton Classical Opera's summer season 
Jul 2016
to 18 Aug
Make 'Em Laugh!
Stress busting therapy – an Offenbach double bill from Opera della Luna 
Jul 2016
to 12 Aug
Adventures in Opera
Tête à Tête hosts work from Europe, UK and the US in King's Cross 
Jul 2016
to 24 Jul
The OMTF Extends a Warm Welcome to OperaCoast
Jul 2016
to 06 Jul
What Price Immortality?
Tête à Tête premieres Toni Castell's 2045 The Year Man Becomes Immortal 
Jul 2016
to 09 Jul
Lock Up Your Daughters...
...Operaluna is bringing Don Giovanni to Marlborough 
Jun 2016
to 18 Jun
It's Magic
Operas from Mozart, Purcell and Verdi are laced with magic of all kinds and two celebrate Shakespeare at Iford Arts' summer festival 
Jun 2016
to 07 Jul
Promises, Promises ...
In Garsington Opera's 2016 season Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Mozart offer protagonists who make vows with life-changing consequences. 
Jun 2016
to 02 Aug
Dangerous Liaisons
Longborough Festival Opera's eclectic season featuring the consequences of sinful passions incorporates Wagner, Mozart, Janacek and Handel 
Jun 2016
to 16 Jul
Grange Park Opera's last season in Hampshire contains plenty of food for the soul with three operas and a musical 
Jun 2016
to 25 Jun
Midsummer Nights
The City Lit Opera School celebrates summer and the end of the academic year with Purcell's Fairy Queen 
Mar 2016
to 01 Jun
English Touring Opera's spring season features protagonists from Mozart, Donizetti and Gluck who defy the social codes of their times and places 
May 2016
to 21 May
Criminal Intent
Six new operas featuring crime premeditated by Tête à Tête and the Royal College of Music 
May 2016
to 08 May
#LOVEOPERA Weekend, May 6-8
Celebrating the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre in the UK 
Apr 2016
to 20 Apr
Danger: Works in Progress!
The National Opera Studio presents an adventurous edition of its annual Contemporary Opera Scenes 
Apr 2016
to 10 Apr
Devoted and Disgruntled 2016
Apr 2016
to 06 Apr
Falstaff at the Opera
The City Lit Opera School joins the Shakespeare celebrations 
Apr 2016
to 15 Apr
Shakespeare in Love, in Loathing and Laughter and all in Music
OperaUpClose join in the Shakespeare celebrations 
Jun 2016
to 26 Mar
An Opera Fit for Easter
Bach's St Matthew Passion is brought to life as a fully-staged opera by Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen 
Mar 2016
to 19 Mar
A Rattling Good Tale
The Mahogany Opera Group recreates the original story of Rumpelstiltskin for children 
Feb 2016
to 12 Mar
Rinse Cycle
Wagner’s Ring Cycle conditioned with comedy and shrunk to two hours by Unexpected Opera 
Feb 2016
to 18 Apr
The Devil Inside
Music Theatre Wales teams up once again with Scottish Opera to premiere a new work by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh 
Feb 2016
to 27 Feb
Glyndebourne Education celebrates 30 years with a new opera about the meaning of life 
Feb 2016
to 11 Feb
Rothschild's Violin
Oxford's New Chamber Opera premiers a piece designed specifically for the New College Ante-chapel 

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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 21m, 24m, 26m Aug
London, Royal Albert Hall: 28 Aug
Verdi: La traviata
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 22m, 25m, 27m Aug

Opera Bohemia
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers
Edinburgh, St Cuthbert's Church: 22 Aug
Stirling, Macrobert Arts Centre: 23 Aug
Greenock, Beacon Arts Centre: 25 Aug
Aberdeen, Arts Centre: 26 Aug

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 23m Aug

Dartington International Summer School
Britten: Peter Grimes
Totnes, Dartington Hall, Great Hall: 24, 26 Aug

Teatro Regio di Torino
Puccini: La bohème
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 25, 26m, 26, 27 Aug

Rocket Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings: 26, 27m Aug

Bampton Classical Opera
Salieri: The School of Jealousy

Westonbirt, The Orangery: 28 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 12 Sep

Opera della Luna
Strauss,J: The Queen's Lace Handkerchief

London, Wilton's Music Hall: 29, 30, 31 Aug

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Davies,PM: Eight Songs for a Mad King
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 2m, 2 Sep

British Youth Opera
Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom
London, Peacock Theatre: 2, 6, 8 Sep
Mozart: Don Giovanni
London, Peacock Theatre: 5, 7, 9 Sep

Music at Woodhouse
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Holmbury St Mary, Woodhouse, Lake Amphitheatre: 9m, 10m Sep

Diva Opera
Puccini: La bohème
Henley-on-Thames, Fingest Great Barn: 10 Sep

Royal Opera
Puccini: La bohème
London, ROH: 11, 13, 16, 19, 23, 25, 29 Sep, 3, 6, 7, 10 Oct
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
London, ROH: 12, 14, 16, 18m, 20, 21, 23, 26 Sep, 5, 7m, 11, 13, 14 Oct

Diva Opera
Rossini: La cenerentola
Henley-on-Thames, Fingest Great Barn: 16 Sep

Opera North
Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 16, 23, 29 Sep, 7, 20, 28 Oct
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 16, 23, 30 Sep, 12, 18, 21 Oct

Music Theatre Wales
Eötvös: The Golden Dragon
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru: 22 Sep
Birmingham Repertory Theatre: 3 Oct
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 12 Oct
Bangor, Pontio: 18 Oct
Snape, Maltings: 21 Oct
London, Hackney Empire: 31 Oct

Opera della Luna
Offenbach: Croquefer
Chester, Storyhouse: 22, 23 Sep
Poole, Lighthouse: 26, 27 Sep
Offenbach: L'Ile de Tulipatan
Chester, Storyhouse: 22, 23 Sep
Poole, Lighthouse: 26, 27 Sep

Mahogany Opera Group
Dominic Robertson: Mozart vs Machine
Norwich Arts Centre: 26 Sep

English Touring Opera
Handel: Giulio Cesare
London, Hackney Empire: 4, 7 Oct
London, Hackney Empire: 5, 7 Oct
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal: 13 Oct
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal: 14 Oct
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 16 Oct
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 17 Oct
Buxton, Opera House: 21 Oct
Buxton, Opera House: 21m Oct
Durham, Gala Theatre: 23 Oct
Durham, Gala Theatre: 24 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 28 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 28m Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 30 Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 31 Oct
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 8, 11m Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 9, 11 Nov
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake: 14 Nov
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake: 15 Nov
Rameau: Dardanus
London, Hackney Empire: 6 Oct
Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre: 12 Oct
Buxton, Opera House: 20 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 27 Oct
Snape, Maltings: 3 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 7 Nov
Bach: Mass in B Minor
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 8 Oct
Rochester Cathedral: 15 Oct
Sheffield University Firth Hall: 5 Nov
Exeter, Cathedral: 10 Nov
Blackburn, Cathedral: 12 Nov
Lancaster Priory: 17 Nov
Lichfield Cathedral: 18 Nov

Mid Wales Opera
Walton: The Bear
Llandinam, Village Hall: 2 Nov
Llanfair, Caereinion Institute: 3 Nov
Abermule, Community Centre: 4 Nov
Aberdaron, St Hywyn's Church : 6 Nov
Criccieth, Memorial Hall: 7 Nov
Denbigh, Theatr Twm o'r Nant: 8 Nov
Cilgerran, Rhosygilwen: 10 Nov
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Museum: 11 Nov
Ystradgynlais, The Welfare: 16 Nov
Barmouth, Dragon Theatre, : 17 Nov
Aberdovey, Neuadd Dyfi: 18 Nov
Hay-on-Wye, St Mary's Church: 23 Nov
Ludlow, Assembly Rooms: 29 Nov
Ammanford, The Miner's Theatre: 30 Nov
Cwmbran, Congress Theatre: 1 Dec
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 3 Dec

Glyndebourne Education
Lewis Murphy: Belongings
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 10m, 11 Nov