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 Recent OMTF Events
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.

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 Past OMTF Events
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


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
  SEASONAL DELIGHTS: A CHRISTMAS NIGHT AT THE OPERA

London Festival Opera celebrates the festive season


Much of the company’s work is for private clients around Europe and the UK but every now and then they mount public performances – and celebrating Christmas is one of those occasions. Fully staged and in sumptuous Victorian evening dress, recreating the grandeur and glamour of past times, London Festival Opera offers a Christmas box of goodies from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan and more; and this being Christmas, there will be popular Christmas carols with the audience invited to join in.

London Festival Opera’s festive season of A Christmas Night at the Opera begins on December 7 in Sturminster Newton (performances on Dec 7 and 8), and continues at the Northcote Theatre, Exeter (December 9) and the Forum Theatre, Malvern (December 22), plus A New Year’s Night at the Opera at the Wycombe Swan Theatre on January 2.

London Festival Opera profile

  LAST DAYS

The National Opera Studio's last residency of the year marks the centenary of the end of World War I


The National Opera Studio has a regular December residency with Opera North, culminating in a performance accompanied by Members of the Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by the company's Head of Music, David Cowan. Following the performance in Leeds there is a London showing.

This year’s programme Last Days, devised and directed by Tim Albery, moves from the gaiety of pre-war Europe’s nightclubs into an apocalyptic vision of the War’s outbreak, the impact of the war on the men and women caught up in it and the increasingly shocking circumstances with raw and mournful songs and texts from Schoenberg, Berg, Satie, Ives, E.E Cummings, Elgar, Butterworth and Gurney, among others.

The National Opera Studio Young Artists, in collaboration with Opera North, will perform Tim Albery’s Last Days, at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds on December 8, followed by a London showing at the Bridewell Theatre on December 10.

National Opera Studio profile

  ¡Y VIVA ESPAÑA!

Mid Wales Opera lights up the autumn with a fiesta of Spanish delights featuring Ravel's L'Heure espagnole


Set in a clock shop in Spain, this light-touch one-act comedy follows the fortunes of Torquemada, a hardworking clockmaker, as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers.  Premiered in 1911, Ravel’s L'Heure espagnole (A Spanish Hour) was the first of his two operas and is based on what was, at the time, thought of as a rather risqué play.  Opening with ticking clocks it is full of the Spanish elements that frequently appear in his music and is bursting with hummable melodies and lively dances - the malagueña, the jota and the habañera.  It has been given a new English translation by the company’s Artistic Director Richard Studer and a new musical arrangement for violin, harp, bassoon and piano by Music Director Jonathan Lyness

The second half of the evening is an eclectic taste of Spain mixing old favourites with the less familiar.  The programme is designed for small stages - small theatres, churches and community halls and will tour within Wales and the Welsh borders.

Mid Wales Opera tours Ravel’s A Spanish Hour (L’Heure espagnole) together with a collection of Spanish delights this autumn opening on November 9 at Theatr Llwyn, Llanfyllin and continuing until early December.

Mid Wales Opera profile

  SEASONAL DELIGHTS: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

A twentieth-century Christmas classic from Bampton Classical Opera


Composed specifically for television, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s popular Christmas opera was commissioned in America by the National Broadcasting Company and first broadcast in 1951.  With its heartwarming story of a poor widow’s crippled son, mysterious visitors seeking shelter for the night, a miraculous healing and Amahl’s own journey to follow a star, it has become a classic of the festive season.  Bampton Classical Opera are presenting it in a new semi-staged production aimed at families and children.  The piece will be performed in Menotti’s own arrangement for two pianos by the conductor Anthony Kraus and the winner of the Accompanists’ Prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, Keval Shah. 

A performance at St John’s Smith Square (part of both their Christmas Festival and the ‘Americana’ series), will be followed by another for the annual St Beornwald’s Day concert in Bampton.

Bampton Classical Opera will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors in St John’s Smith Square on December 16 and again at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire, on 21 December.

Bampton Classical Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
Oct 2018
to 15 Nov
Bach to Baroque
English Touring Opera return to one of their favourite composers and a feast of early works with Handel's Radamisto; a triple bill of Purcell, Carissimi, and Gesualdo; and Bach's St Matthew Passion. 
Oct 2018
to 10 Nov
Expressing the Inexpressible
Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion 
Oct 2018
to 13 Oct
The Parting
 
Oct 2018
to 19 Oct
Independent Opera Scholar's Recital
 
Oct 2018
to 19 Oct
Quilt Song
 
Sep 2018
to 07 Sep
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 
Jul 2018
to 18 Aug
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 
Aug 2018
to 01 Aug
"Truth in England for Evermore..."
Opera della Luna mounts Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot's The Arcadians 
Aug 2018
to 03 Aug
Birds of Passage
Garsington Opera’s Youth Company perform John Barber's Eliza and the Swans 
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
Transformations
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
Disappearances
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 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
Hankie-Panky
Opera della Luna will lift our spirits this summer with an operetta by Johann Strauss 
Jul 2017
to 01 Aug
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 
Jul 2017
to 02 Aug
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 

 EVENTS
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Royal Opera
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
London, ROH: 13, 17, 21, 27, 29 Dec
Bizet: Carmen
London, ROH: 14, 19, 22 Dec

Bampton Classical Opera
Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors

London, St John's Smith Square: 16m Dec
Bampton, St Mary's Church: 21 Dec

London Festival Opera
A Christmas Night at the Opera
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 22 Dec
- 2019 -
London Festival Opera
A New Year's Night at the Opera
High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan: 2 Jan

National Opera Studio
National Opera Studio 40th Anniversary Concert
London, Cadogan Hall: 18 Jan
National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera
Edinburgh, King's Theatre: 1 Feb