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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...


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]


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


British Youth Opera's season features two rarely seen works by Britten and Malcolm Williamson

Benjamin Britten was a lifelong pacifist, and his penultimate opera was deeply personal.  Owen Wingrave, based on a novel by Henry James, gave dramatic voice to his passionately held convictions and his continuing themes: his defence of the outsider, the betrayal of innocence, injustice and cruelty.  Wingrave is a young man from a military family at a military college where he is the most gifted student.  He is, however, a committed pacifist and he courageously takes on his family and their long-standing tradition of militarism and war.

Malcolm Williamson was a controversial figure, simultaneously saint and sinner.  His energetic and very individual talent brought him early fame and by the 1960s he was one of the most commissioned composers in Britain – and one of the most outrageous.  He became Master of the Queen’s Music in 1975 but the following years coincided with personal crises and creative blocks and he became a serial deadline-misser, dying in 2003 by which time his music had gone out of fashion.  Since his death its qualities are again being acclaimed and English Eccentrics, with a libretto by Edith Sitwell, is one of the works which made his name.  A witty and affectionate comedy, it explores the enchanting and enchanted lives of some real-life eccentrics from English society.

British Youth Opera’s season opens at the Peacock Theatre, London on September 3 with Britten’s Owen Wingrave and continues with Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics On September 7.

British Youth Opera profile


The last Tête à Tête production of the summer is a new opera by Carole Hayman and Harvey Brough

What makes people killers?  What turns people from merely thinking about murder as a mental act of revenge to actually killing?  And sometimes more than once?  And what effect do such people have on those who seek to understand them?  These are the questions posed by the new opera produced by Tête à Tête.

Carole Hayman, author of Ladies of Letters and Harvey Brough, of Harvey and the Wallbangers, have collaborated on The Hive, a new opera inspired by Hayman’s research into the addictions and compulsions that propel humans to the darkest depths of psychopathic behaviour.  It explores our feelings about the psychopathic killers in our midst, and the professionals who seek them out.

Directed by Tête à Tête Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones, The Hive by Carole Hayman and Harvey Brough opens at the Arcola Theatre, London on August 26 for two performances as part of the Grimeborn Festival.

Tête à Tête profile

Other current and recent stories:
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 
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
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
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 

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Wexford Festival Opera
Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz
Wexford, National Opera House: 28, 31 Oct, 3, 6m Nov
Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 28m, 31m Oct, 3m, 6 Nov

City Lit Opera School
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 28 Oct

English Touring Opera
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Harrogate Theatre: 28 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 2 Nov
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal: 8 Nov
Snape Maltings, Concert Hall: 11 Nov
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 18 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 26 Nov

Opera North
Strauss,R: Der Rosenkavalier
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 28 Oct
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 2, 5 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry, Quays Theatre: 9, 12 Nov
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 16, 19 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
David: Herculanum
Wexford, National Opera House: 29 Oct, 1, 4 Nov
Walton: The Bear
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 29m Oct, 1m, 4m Nov

English Touring Opera
Cavalli: La Calisto

Harrogate Theatre: 29 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 3 Nov
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 12 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 17 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 23 Nov

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 29 Oct, 1, 3 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 9, 11 Nov
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 16, 19 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 23, 26 Nov

Opera North
Britten: Billy Budd
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 29 Oct
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 3 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 10 Nov
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 17 Nov

Scottish Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 29 Oct
Inverness, Eden Court: 1, 3, 5 Nov
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 9, 11, 13m, 17, 19 Nov
Donizetti: The Elixir of Love
Musselburgh, Brunton Theatre: 29 Oct

Welsh National Opera
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
Oxford, New Theatre: 29 Oct
Southampton, The Mayflower: 3, 5 Nov
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 10, 12 Nov
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 24, 26 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Barber: Vanessa
Wexford, National Opera House: 30 Oct, 2, 5 Nov
Donizetti: Il campanello
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 30 Oct, 2m, 5m Nov

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 30 Oct, 4 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 8, 11 Nov
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 15, 18 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 22, 25 Nov

The English Concert
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Lausanne, Opéra de Lausanne: 30 Oct

Royal Opera
Shostakovich: The Nose
London, ROH: 1, 4, 9 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice
Southampton, The Mayflower: 1 Nov
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 8 Nov
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 22 Nov
Verdi: Macbeth
Southampton, The Mayflower: 2 Nov
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 9 Nov

English National Opera
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers
London, Coliseum: 3, 8, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30 Nov, 2 Dec

English Touring Opera
Handel: Xerxes

Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 4 Nov
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal: 9 Nov
Durham, Gala Theatre: 14 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 19 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 22 Nov

Opera North
Puccini: Il tabarro
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 4 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry, Quays Theatre: 11 Nov
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 18 Nov
Puccini: Suor Angelica
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 4 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry, Quays Theatre: 11 Nov
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 18 Nov

Various: Opera Cocktail
Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre: 4 Nov
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 17 Feb

Royal Opera
Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann
London, ROH: 7, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28 Nov, 3 Dec
Handel: Oreste
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 Nov

English National Opera
Berg: Lulu
London, Coliseum: 9, 12, 14, 17, 19 Nov

Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells
Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus
London, Sadlers Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio: 11, 15, 17, 19 Nov

Puccini: La Bohème
London, Greenwich, Cutty Sark: 12 Nov
Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
Cambridge, The Junction: 13m, 13 Nov
London, Finchley, Arts Depot: 19 Feb

Bampton Classical Opera
Various: For who can wield like Shakespeare's skilful hand...?
London, St John's Smith Square: 15 Nov

Midsummer Opera
Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel
London, St John's Waterloo: 18, 20 Nov

NI Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Belfast, Grand Opera House: 18, 19 Nov

Various: Music Oft Hath Such a Charm

Cheltenham, Bacon Theatre: 18 Nov

English National Opera
Puccini: Tosca
London, Coliseum: 22, 24, 26, 29 Nov, 1, 3 Dec

Royal Opera
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
London, ROH: 22, 26, 29 Nov, 2, 5, 9, 12 Dec
- 2017 -
Bizet: Carmen
Oldham, The Coliseum:20170125,: 24 Jan
Puccini: La Boheme
Birmingham, mac birmingham: 9 Feb