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 Recent OMTF Events
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

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 Past OMTF Events
EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING
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 COMPANY

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...

 FEATURES
  OLD TALES OF KITEZH GRAD

Russian songs and arias presented by students of the OperaCoast Sing Russian course


OperaCoast runs annual courses to enable non-Russian speaking singers to work on Russian vocal repertoire. The course culminates in a programme of arias and ensembles from Russian operas. This year it’s based on Russian fairy tales and folklore and the company is working in collaboration with Brighton-based company Filmspot creating a series of animations that will integral to the performance.

The OperaCoast programme Old Tales of Kitezh Grad, supported by Pushkin House, the Russian cultural centre in London, will open there on December 16. It will also be presented in the Brighton Unitarian church on December 10.

OperaCoast profile

  THE HUMAN CONDITION

Explorations by Anna Clock, Martin Ward and Freya Ireland in Second Movement's latest Rough for Opera


Second Movement’s regular series of events featuring new works and works in progress continues in December.  Each Rough for Opera is a snapshot and celebration of contemporary opera and includes work by three composers.  This winter’s trio shares themes of identity, intimacy and alienation.

Anna Clock’s CONSTELLATIONS is a devised opera for electronics and two performers exploring humanity’s relationship with the cosmos through myth, memory and the Hubble telescope while touching on common experiences of loneliness and intimacy.

Themes of identity and alienation in both the human condition and the physical world are examined by Martin Ward in scenes from his new opera The Sinken Sun.  The opera, which draws on the life, works and legacy of the poet John Clare uses Clare himself and a fictional modern day student to explore the timelessness of the arts and poetry, their enduring relevance, and their ability to communicate across boundaries of culture and time.

Composer Freya Ireland introduces new material for her work-in-progress The Two Sided Boy, an interactive web opera which looks at the volatile dynamic between the real and online world of virtual reality gaming through the relationship of a mother and her computer obsessed son.

Second Movement’s winter edition of Rough for Opera takes place on December 5 at The Cockpit Theatre, London.

Second Movement profile


  EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER

City Lit Opera School is hosting a production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi on Friday, 28 October. Produced as part of their summer school in Scheggino, Italy this year, it is being brought to the John Lyon Theatre in the City Lit, London as a fundraiser following the earthquake in Italy. All proceeds will go to the Italian Red Cross. [Book here]

  PERFECT MATCHES?

The course of true love runs pretty bumpily in English Touring Opera's autumn season with Xerxes, La Calisto and Ulysses’ Homecoming


Set against the background of real historical characters and events Handel’s Xerxes is the gently humorous story of a series of potential matches and mismatches entangled, manipulated, confused, disguised and ultimately straightened out. In this revival of the company’s successful 2011 production, the original Venetian text is relocated to the 1940 Battle of Britain and the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother’s stronger sex appeal.

More sexual entanglements are charted in Cavalli’s La Calisto but with gods thrown in for good measure. The infatuation of married Jove with the lovely Calisto and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana to the handsome youth Endymion enmesh them in love wars as comical as they are dangerous.

Gods feature again in Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Ulysses’ Homecoming), recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, twenty years after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses returns to his wife Penelope – to find she is being courted by a houseful of admirers.

Alongside the operas the autumn tour includes a new kind of performance of the Bach oratorio St John Passion which narrates the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John. Employing new English translations of the chorales from writers of different faiths and backgrounds it will feature over thirty local cathedral, gospel and youth choirs around the country.

English Touring Opera’s autumn tour opens at the Hackney Empire on October 8 with Handel’s Xerxes and continues with Cavalli’s La Calisto on October 14 and Monteverdi’s Ulysses’s Homecoming on October 15. Rochester Cathedral hosts the first performance of Bach’s St John Passion on October 16.

English Touring Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
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
More!
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
Transgressors
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
Nothing
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 
Nov 2015
to 14 Nov
Contagious Creativity
Two new works from English Touring Opera harness the creativity of a variety of participants in the company's autumn education programme 
Nov 2015
to 22 Nov
The Flourish Opera Competition, 2015
OperaUpClose presents a showcase of extracts from the four finalists 
Oct 2015
to 20 Nov
The French Connection
English Touring Opera's French season features Debussy, Massenet and Offenbach. Although all are based on popular literary works the fame of each opera has eclipsed its original 
Oct 2015
to 22 Nov
OperaUpClose Goes Sailing
Homer's Odyssey is the inspiration for OperaUpClose's first work for families 
Nov 2015
to 03 Nov
Second Movement
 
Oct 2015
to 18 Nov
The French Connection
English Touring Opera's French season features Debussy, Massenet and Offenbach. Although all are based on popular literary works the fame of each opera has eclipsed its original 
Oct 2015
to 14 Oct
Billiards
Mahogany Opera Group and Ergo Phizmiz – A Work-In-Progress 
Sep 2015
to 11 Sep
Life, Death, Nature and Myth
British Youth Opera's annual season features the cycle of life and death from the perspective of Janacek, Vaughan Williams and Holst 
Sep 2015
to 19 Sep
Bampton Opera prescribes Haydn's jaunty comedy about an apothecary, his ward and her suitors
 
Sep 2015
to 19 Oct
Mindfulness
Mahogany Opera Group premieres Rolf Hind’s new opera based on meditation techniques 
Aug 2015
to 19 Sep
Carmen - A Heroine for Today
OperaUpClose tackles a repertory favourite in their new summer production 
Jul 2015
to 15 Sep
Opposites Distract
Bampton Classical Opera's summer opera is Salieri's La Grotta di Trofonio featuring bewildered lovers and a capricious wizard 
Jul 2015
to 09 Aug
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival - The Revolution Continues
The festival returns to King’s Cross for its 9th year of innovation, bigger than ever with more than 100 performances and over 40 new works 
Aug 2015
to 09 Aug
Tête à Tête at its own Opera Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
The Music Troupe Go Surreal at the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
English Touring Opera Tours a Family Friendly Show to the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
Size Zero Opera at the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Jul 2015
to 21 Jul
People Watch
Streetwise Opera and the Ligeti Quartet explore TV programmes in this new opera by Stef Conner 
Jul 2015
to 19 Jul
Love Lessons in Oxford
Oxford-based New Chamber Opera's summer production features a beautiful innkeeper, amorous noblemen and a faithful servant in a classic Goldoni comedy 
Jul 2015
to 11 Jul
Light and Shadow
Vaughan Williams and Ravel provide a double bill for the City Lit Opera School's first full length performances 
Jul 2015
to 09 Jul
Bromance at the Opera
Famous duets for men feature in the latest singing chat show from Unexpected Opera 
Jun 2015
to 07 Jun
Devoted and Disgruntled
 
Jun 2015
to 26 Sep
Opera della Luna has Plans to Provoke with a New Orpheus in the Underworld
 
Jun 2015
to 15 Jun
Second Movement
 
Jun 2015
to 20 Jun
Back to Wagner
Longborough Festival Opera's 2015 season features two towering tragedies: Tristan und Isolde and Rigoletto and lifts the spirits with the more lighthearted Don Pasquale and Xerxes 
Jun 2015
to 03 Jul
On the Roof, In a Garret, At the Ball and In the Temple
Operas by Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Saint-Saens and a well-loved musical starring Bryn Terfel comprise Grange Park's eclectic season 
Jun 2015
to 11 Jul
Tangled Webs
Reason and love keep little company together in Garsington Opera's 26th season featuring Mozart, Strauss, Britten and a new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company 
Jun 2015
to 20 Jun
Let's Party!
With a masked ball, the can-can, a spot of Handelian bedroom farce and Violetta hosting a soirée, this year's Iford Arts season has a particularly festive air 
Jun 2015
to 07 Jun
An Embarrassment of Riches
 
Jun 2015
to 05 Jun
Each Unhappy in its Own Way
The National Opera Studios' latest showcase features dysfunctional families 
May 2015
to 10 May
Let's Make an Opera - The Bard goes Baroque in an 18th Century Satire
Hand Made Opera teams up with Opera Restor'd to revive an 18th century comedy based on Shakespeare's Pyramus and Thisbe 
May 2015
to 16 May
A Journey to the Light
A new opera by John Barber, Hazel Gould and the Nottingham Streetwise Opera Performers 
Apr 2015
to 03 May
The OMTF extends a warm welcome to the City Lit Opera School
 
Mar 2015
to 24 May
OMTF New Producers Scheme 2015: The Music Troupe
 
Mar 2015
to 26 May
English Touring Opera Goes Italian
ETO's spring tour features three Italian operas: The Siege of Calais; The Wild Man of the West Indies, La bohème - plus an English cat 

 EVENTS
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Glyndebourne
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 9 Dec

Royal Opera
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
London, ROH: 9, 12 Dec

Glyndebourne
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 10 Dec

National Opera Studio
Various: National Opera Studio @ Opera North
Leeds, Howard Assembly Room: 10 Dec
London, China Exchange: 15 Dec

OperaCoast
Various: The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad

Brighton Unitarian Church: 10 Dec
London, Pushkin House: 16 Dec

Royal Opera
Verdi: Il trovatore
London, ROH: 10, 13, 16 Dec, 26, 28, 31 Jan, 3, 6, 9 Feb

Welsh National Opera
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 10 Dec

Royal Opera
Strauss,R: Der Rosenkavalier
London, ROH: 17, 20, 22 Dec, 8m, 11, 14, 17, 24 Jan
- 2017 -
OperaUpClose
Bizet: Carmen
Lancaster, Grand Theatre: 24 Jan
Oldham, The Coliseum: 25 Jan
Puccini: La Boheme
Birmingham, mac birmingham: 9 Feb
Various: Opera Cocktail
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 17 Feb
Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
London, Finchley, Arts Depot: 19 Feb