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 Recent 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
  CRIMINAL INTENT

Six new operas featuring crime premeditated by Tête à Tête and the Royal College of Music


In 2012 composers and librettists studying at the RCM were set the challenge of creating 15-minute operas exploring ill-fated journeys that started out with Great Expectations but ended in disaster.  In 2014 Hogarth’s life, work and legacy were celebrated with 5 mini operas under the banner of Hogarth’s Stages.  Both projects were produced by the college in association with Tête à Tête and this year they are again working with composers, librettists and singers to mark 150 years since the publication of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  The six fifteen-minute works are: Stream of Consciousness, Sea of Blood, (Benjamien Lycke / Mien Bogaert) in which a President looks to Dostoevsky for inspiration; 76 Days (Kenichi Ikuno Sekiguchi), the gripping story of a real-life kidnapping; Alex Paxton’s Bel and the Dragon, a vivid retelling of an extraordinary story from the Apocrypha; The Two Sisters (Algirdas Kraunaitis / Grace Lee-Khoo), a quirkily gruesome Scottish folk-tale retold; Der Eisenhut (Amy Bryce / Roland Bryce), a tale of revenge in post-war Germany and Killer Graphics (Sam Hall / Darren Rapier), in which reality is blurred between video games and real life.

Crime and Punishment directed by Tête à Tête’s Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones, can be seen at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music on May 20 and 21.

Tête à Tête profile

  #LOVEOPERA WEEKEND, MAY 6-8

Celebrating the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre in the UK


#LoveOpera will spotlight the huge amount and variety of opera and music theatre work going on around the country by encouraging people to tweet what they are doing in pursuit of it.  Tweets should relate to and name specific current/future performances or events but activities taking place during this weekend could include rehearsing, performing, planning, painting sets, travelling on tour, warming up for an evening performance, leading a workshop, attending a performance or watching a live stream.

This celebration coincides with European Opera Days, an annual event which celebrates opera as an art form throughout Europe.

Please do join in the celebration using the hashtag #LoveOpera and encourage others to do the same.  One simple request though: no bland tweets of the I love opera type; help us show the range by talking about what is actually happening.  By all means add links to performances, though stating how good they are is not as interesting as telling us you'll be baking fairy cakes for the singers, etc.

If you are new to Twitter, just go to twitter.com and create an account using the instructions there, it really couldn't be simpler.

Contact: Caroline Anderson: c.f.anderson@ntlworld.com
@omtf


  TRANSGRESSORS

English Touring Opera's spring season features protagonists from Mozart, Donizetti and Gluck who defy the social codes of their times and places


Sex, revenge and death.  This trio of themes tends to dominate classic opera plots.  A perfect example is the story of Don Giovanni, given its most sublime expression in Mozart’s version (there have been many others).  Who doesn’t know the story of the Spanish nobleman who travels through Europe seducing women? He flagrantly violates moral codes; his actions lead to murder and he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.  One of the most famous of all operas, Don Giovanni will be directed for English Touring Opera by Lloyd Wood.

The company also champions rarities and James Conway will be directing Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei which features the same themes.  A brother, whose advances are rejected by his sister in law, takes revenge by making her husband believe she is unfaithful.  Her husband has her locked up in a tower in the marshy Maremma and makes arrangements to have her killed if he should die in battle.  Drawn from an episode in Dante’s Divine Comedy it again features a man who flouts the norms in exacting revenge for his thwarted sexual desires.

The company's season opens with an opera that doesn’t fit the usual pattern.  Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride (also directed by Conway) is not a story of sexual passion, something of an innovation in an 18th century work.  Revenge? It’s in the background.  In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Iphigenia and Orestes, children of Agamemnon, are separated.  Iphigenia ends up as a priestess on the island of Tauris, where the custom is to sacrifice all strangers.  Orestes, who has previously killed his mother in revenge for murdering his father, is washed up on this shore and the story revolves around the siblings’ reunion and the cliffhanger of whether or not she will be forced to kill him.  So, death? No spoilers.

English Touring Opera’s spring season opens on March 5 at the Hackney Empire with Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride.  Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei opens on March 10 and Mozart’s Don Giovanni completes the season on March 11.  The company then tours the UK until early June.

English Touring Opera profile

  DANGER: WORKS IN PROGRESS!

The National Opera Studio presents an adventurous edition of its annual Contemporary Opera Scenes


Each year a National Opera Studio showcase performance focuses on the work of contemporary composers.  This year one of the world’s leading opera directors, Graham Vick, is directing a selection of staged scenes designed to stretch young artists and audiences beyond their comfort zones.  The programme, featuring scenes from works by Michael Tippett, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Thomas Ades and Adam Gorb together with one just written by Ryan Wigglesworth for English National Opera, will invite audiences to reflect on the nature of the creative process, the magic of making, and the rehearsal room as laboratory.

The National Opera Studio’s Works in Progress takes place on April 20 (with free pre-performance talk) and April 21 at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

National Opera Studio profile

Other current and recent stories:
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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Opera Theatre Company
Puccini: La boheme
Letterkenny, An Grianan: 25 May
Navan, Solstice Arts Centre: 27 May
Kilkenny, Watergate Theatre: 30 May
Galway, Town Hall Theatre: 1 Jun
Sligo, Hawk's Well Theatre: 3 Jun

Bath Festival
Various: Opera anthology
Bath, Forum: 25 May

English National Opera
Puccini: Madam Butterfly
London, Coliseum: 25, 27, 29m, 31 May, 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 18, 24, 30 Jun, 5, 7 Jul

English Touring Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni

Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 25, 26, 28 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 30, 31 May
York, Theatre Royal: 4 Jun
Stoke-on-Trent, The Regent Theatre: 6 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 8 Jun
Carlisle, The Sands Centre: 10 Jun

Glyndebourne Festival
Wagner,Richard: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 25m, 29m May, 2m, 7m, 11m, 15m, 19m, 23m, 27m Jun

Opera North
Wagner,Richard: Die Walkure
Leeds, Town Hall: 25 May
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 7m Jun
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 14m Jun

Glyndebourne
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 26, 28 May, 1, 4, 8, 10, 17, 21, 26 Jun, 1, 7, 10, 14, 17 Jul

Royal Opera
Enescu: Oedipe
London, ROH: 26, 30 May, 2, 4, 8 Jun

Scottish Opera
Sullivan,A: The Mikado
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 26, 27, 28 May
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5m Jun
Belfast, Grand Opera House: 9, 10, 11 Jun

Swansea City Opera
Puccini: La boheme
Tewkesbury, Roses Theatre: 26 May
Margate, Theatre Royal: 28 May
Bracknell, Wilde Theatre: 29 May

Welsh National Opera
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 26, 29 May, 1, 4 Jun
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 9, 11 Jun
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 26, 29 May, 1, 4 Jun
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 9, 11 Jun

English Touring Opera
Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride

Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 27 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 1 Jun

Opera North
Wagner,Richard: Siegfried
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 27 May
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 9m Jun
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 16m Jun

Mahogany Opera Group
Deazley: The Rattler

Bury St Edmunds, The Apex: 29 May
Watford Palace Theatre: 25 Jun
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 26 Jun
Norwich Castle: 2 Jul
Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall: 3m, 3 Jul
Lichfield, Garrick Theatre: 9 Jul
St Bees School Memorial Hall: 29, 30, 31 Jul
Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre: 4 Sep
Basingstoke, Haymarket: 24 Sep

Opera North
Wagner,Richard: Gotterdammerung
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 29 May
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 11m Jun
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 18m Jun

Grange Park Opera
Bart: Oliver!
Northington, The Grange: 2, 3, 11, 12, 23, 24 Jun, 1, 2 Jul

English Touring Opera
Donizetti: Pia de'Tolomei

York, Theatre Royal: 3 Jun

Garsington Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 3, 5, 11, 16, 18, 25, 29 Jun, 1, 5, 7 Jul

Welsh National Opera
Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 3, 11 Jun
Bell: In Parenthesis
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 3 Jun
Bristol, Hippodrome: 10 Jun

Garsington Opera
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 4, 6, 12, 15, 20, 23, 28 Jun, 2, 8, 10 Jul

Iford Arts
Verdi: Macbeth
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 Jun

Music at Woodhouse
Hasse: Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra
Holmbury St Mary, Woodhouse Baroque Playhouse: 4, 5m Jun
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Holmbury St Mary, Woodhouse Baroque Playhouse: 4, 5m Jun

OperaUpClose
Bizet: Carmen
Salisbury Playhouse: 4, 5 Jun

Pimlico Opera
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Northington, The Grange: 4, 9, 17, 26, 29 Jun, 6, 9 Jul

Opera North
Wagner,Richard: Das Rheingold
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 6 Jun
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 13 Jun
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead: 16 Jun

Royal Opera
Verdi: Nabucco
London, ROH: 6, 9, 13, 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30 Jun

Opera Holland Park
Mascagni: Iris
London, Holland Park Theatre: 7, 10, 14, 16, 18 Jun

English National Opera
Wagner,Richard: Tristan and Isolde
London, Coliseum: 9, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 Jun, 2, 9 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Wagner,Richard: Tannhauser
Longborough, Opera House: 9, 11, 14, 16, 18 Jun

London Festival Opera
Various: Opera in the Barn
Debenham, Crow’s Hall: 11 Jun

Opera Holland Park
Puccini: La boheme
London, Holland Park Theatre: 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25 Jun

Bampton Classical Opera
Various: For who can wield like Shakespeare's skilful hand...?
London, St John's Smith Square: 12 Jun
Various: Opera anthology
London, St John's Smith Square: 12 Jun

Glyndebourne
Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 12, 16, 18, 22, 25, 29 Jun, 2, 9, 13, 16, 22, 28, 31 Jul

Diva Opera
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Guernsey, The Whittaker Hall: 14 Jun
London, Syon Park: 23 Jun

Mr McFall's Chamber
Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires
Edinburgh, Queen's Hall: 14 Jun

Diva Opera
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Guernsey, The Whittaker Hall: 15 Jun
London, Syon Park: 22 Jun
Tiverton, Stuckeridge House: 24, 26 Jun

Nova Music Opera
Bray: Entanglement
London, LSO St Luke's: 17 Jun
Thomas Hyde: That Man Stephen Ward
London, LSO St Luke's: 17 Jun

Grange Park Opera
Verdi: Don Carlo
Northington, The Grange: 18, 22, 25, 30 Jun, 3, 7, 10 Jul

London Festival Opera
Various: Opera in the Park
Bury St Edmunds, Culford School: 18 Jun

Garsington Opera
Mozart: Idomeneo
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 19, 22, 24, 27, 30 Jun, 3, 6, 9, 11 Jul

Royal Opera
Massenet: Werther
London, ROH: 19m, 24, 27 Jun, 3m, 6, 13 Jul

English National Opera
Janacek: Jenufa
London, Coliseum: 23, 25, 28 Jun, 1, 6, 8 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Longborough, Opera House: 26, 28 Jun, 1, 2, 5, 6 Jul

New Chamber Opera
Cimarosa: The Parisian Painter (Il pittor parigino)
Oxford, New College, Warden’s Garden: 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Wagner,Richard: Tristan and Isolde
Northington, The Grange: 13, 16 Jul

Garsington Opera
Haydn: The Creation
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 14, 15, 16, 17 Jul

Music Theatre Wales
Eotvos: The Golden Dragon
Buxton, Opera House: 18 Jul
London, Peacock Theatre: 14, 15 Sep
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru: 17 Sep
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 12 Oct

Bampton Classical Opera
Arne: The Judgment of Paris
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 22, 23 Jul
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 29 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 13 Sep
Gluck: Philemon and Baucis
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 22, 23 Jul
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 29 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 13 Sep

Iford Arts
Purcell: Fairy Queen
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 23, 27, 29, 30 Jul, 2, 3 Aug

Longborough Festival Opera
Handel: Alcina
Longborough, Opera House: 30, 31 Jul, 2 Aug

English Touring Opera
Handel: Xerxes
London, Hackney Empire: 8 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 22 Oct
Cavalli: La Calisto
London, Hackney Empire: 14 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 21 Oct
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
London, Hackney Empire: 15 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 20 Oct