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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
  THE OMTF EXTENDS A WARM WELCOME TO OPERACOAST

OperaCoast has been running a variety of vocal and opera courses and workshops (including Russian vocal repertoire and community choir development) and providing upcoming singers and musicians with performing experience since 2011.  The company, based in Sussex, attracts participants from all over the UK and from abroad.  Their summer courses, based in East Sussex, include the public performance of an opera.


This year it is Puccini’s La Rondine (sung in English), the tale of two couples: the courtesan Magda, who falls in love with, and escapes to the French Riviera with Ruggero; and her maid Lisette, involved with the poet Prunier.  Magda, Prunier tells her, is like a swallow who migrates towards the sun and true love – but can she stay living quietly with her new lover in Nice or will she fly back to Paris?

OperaCoast’s performance of Puccini’s La Rondine takes place at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne, on July 24.

OperaCoast profile

  MAKE 'EM LAUGH!

Stress busting therapy – an Offenbach double bill from Opera della Luna

Depressing weather, difficult times.  We need something silly to cheer us up.  Enter Opera della Luna with ‘two outrageous operas in one crazy evening’.

Artistic Director Jeff Clarke, with a long track record of the entertaining remodelling of operas and operettas, has produced new English versions of two one-act Offenbach comedies.  And they don’t come much sillier than this.


Croquefer has imprisoned the daughter of his arch-rival Mousse-a-Mort, with whom he has been at war for 23 years.  Despite having lost most of his body parts, including his tongue, at the Crusades, Mousse-a-Mort is determined to fight one last battle to save his daughter.  Their bloody final fight-to-the-death is only prevented by the deft interference of Croquefer’s housekeeper, who puts a laxative in the water, providing everyone with a very effective distraction.

On the island of Tulipatan King Cacatois XXII is unaware that his only son and heir, Alexis, is in fact biologically his daughter.  Knowing how desperate he was for a son, the doctors concealed the child’s true sex from the king, who has now grown increasingly despairing of his son’s gentle disposition.  Coincidentally, in order to avoid her child being conscripted into the army, the wife of the King’s Field Marshall has also lied to her husband about their daughter, who is in fact, a boy.  How extraordinary it would be if these two bizarrely brought-up children were to meet and somehow fall in love...

Expect satire, parodies and puns.

The new Opera della Luna versions of Offenbach’s Croquefer, and L’ile de Tulipatan in a double bill open at the Roxburgh Theatre, Stowe on July 23 (two performances) and in London at Wilton's Music Hall on August 18 (two performances).

Opera della Luna profile

  ADVENTURES IN OPERA

Tête à Tête hosts work from Europe, UK and the US in King's Cross

This summer Tête à Tête is limbering up for its big 2017 celebration of making opera (twenty years) and curating festivals (ten years) with six nights of new opera as part of the King’s Cross Cubitt Sessions – a programme of live music in the Lewis Cubitt Square, a new civic space on Stable Street, just north of Granary Square.


Starting on July 31 with Impropera improvising a show based on audience suggestions (The Next Frontier), it continues with New York’s Bollywood influenced opera cabaret Bombay Rickey (August 3); Secrets – Belgium’s Muziektheater Transparant’s take on how hidden thoughts link us all together (August 5); Divertimento for Rope & Strings – an unravelling concert with aerialists by London’s Gisele Edwards and Riotous Company (August 7) and The Remarkable Rocket – an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story by Waste Paper Opera from Birmingham on August 10.  The brief season concludes on August 12 with Sholololo! – a chamber opera of English football terrace songs from Opéra Louise, Switzerland.

Tête à Tête’s Cubitt Sessions open on July 31 at the Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, London.

Tête à Tête Festival profile

  WHAT PRICE IMMORTALITY?

Tête à Tête premieres Toni Castell's 2045 The Year Man Becomes Immortal


Will technology save humanity or replace it?  Composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, academic and electro-acoustic polymath Toni Castells explores life, death, afterlife and the role of technology in a new work based on an article published in Time Magazine in 2011.  The article featured the Director of Engineering at Google who described the inevitable moment – calculated to be about 30 years away - when computers become more intelligent than humans and humanity is completely and irreversibly transformed.

Bill Bankes-Jones directs this world premiere with Mark Sproson’s Helios Voices and the Aquinas Paiano Trio.

Tête à Tête presents the world premiere of Toni Castell’s 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal at St James’s Piccadilly, London on July 6

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 
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: Le nozze di Figaro
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 24, 29 Jul, 2, 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, 20, 24 Aug

Opera della Luna
Offenbach: Croquefer

Stowe, Roxburgh Theatre: 24 Jul
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 18, 19 Aug
Offenbach: L'Ile de Tulipatan
Stowe, Roxburgh Theatre: 24 Jul
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 18, 19 Aug

OperaCoast
Puccini: La Rondine

Eastbourne, The Birley Centre: 24 Jul

Winslow Hall Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Winslow Hall: 24m Jul

Glyndebourne
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
London, Royal Albert Hall: 25 Jul

Arcola Theatre
Puccini: Tosca
Arcola Theatre: 26, 28, 29, 30 Jul, 2, 3, 5, 6 Aug

Dorset Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin
Blandford Forum, Bryanston School, Coade Theatre: 26, 28, 30m Jul
Verdi: Macbeth
Blandford Forum, Bryanston School, Coade Theatre: 27, 29, 30 Jul

Glyndebourne
Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 27, 30 Jul, 3, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22, 25, 27 Aug

Iford Arts
Purcell: Fairy Queen

Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 27, 29, 30 Jul, 2, 3 Aug

Opera Holland Park
Rossini: La cenerentola
London, Holland Park Theatre: 27, 30 Jul

Glyndebourne Festival
Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 28, 31 Jul

Opera Holland Park
Strauss,J: Die Fledermaus
London, Holland Park Theatre: 28 Jul, 3, 5 Aug

Diva Opera
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham Hall: 29 Jul
Sisteron: 4 Aug
Brive-la-Gaillarde, Festival de la Vézère: 12, 14 Aug

Mahogany Opera Group
Deazley: The Rattler

St Bees School Memorial Hall: 29, 30, 31 Jul
Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre: 4 Sep
Basingstoke, Haymarket: 24 Sep
Llanelli, Theatr Ffwrnes: 23m, 23 Oct

Diva Opera
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham Hall: 30 Jul
Brive-la-Gaillarde, Festival de la Vézère: 13 Aug

Longborough Festival Opera
Handel: Alcina

Longborough, Opera House: 30, 31 Jul, 2 Aug

Impropera
Various: The Next Frontier
London, Cubitt Square: 31 Jul

Opera Holland Park
Tchaikovsky,P: The Queen of Spades
London, Holland Park Theatre: 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13 Aug

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
London, Royal Albert Hall: 3 Aug

Muziektheater Transparant
Various: Secrets
London, Cubitt Square: 5 Aug

Edinburgh International Festival
Bellini: Norma
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 5, 7, 9 Aug

Dartington International Summer School
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Totnes, Dartington Hall, Great Hall: 11 Aug
Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe
Totnes, Dartington Hall, Great Hall: 11 Aug

Glyndebourne
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 11m, 13m, 16m, 18m, 21m, 23m, 26m, 28m Aug

Opéra Louise
Various: Sholololo!
London, Cubitt Square: 12 Aug

Mariinsky Theatre
Wagner,Richard: Das Rheingold
Edinburgh, Usher Hall: 15 Aug

Dartington International Summer School
Sullivan,A: The Pirates of Penzance
Totnes, Dartington Hall, Great Hall: 18 Aug

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Janacek: The Makropulos Affair
London, Royal Albert Hall: 19 Aug

Tête à Tête
Harvey Brough: The Hive
London, Arcola Theatre: 26, 27 Aug

Bampton Classical Opera
Arne: The Judgment of Paris

Westonbirt, The Orangery: 29 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 13 Sep
Gluck: Philemon and Baucis
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 29 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 13 Sep

British Youth Opera
Britten: Owen Wingrave
London, Peacock Theatre: 3, 6, 9, 10m Sep
Malcolm Williamson: English Eccentrics
London, Peacock Theatre: 7, 9m, 10 Sep

Music Theatre Wales
Eotvos: The Golden Dragon

London, Peacock Theatre: 14, 15 Sep
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru: 17 Sep
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 12 Oct

English Touring Opera
Handel: Xerxes
London, Hackney Empire: 8 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 22 Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 25 Oct
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
Cavalli: La Calisto
London, Hackney Empire: 14 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 21 Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 24 Oct
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
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
London, Hackney Empire: 15 Oct
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 20 Oct
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

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