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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.
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
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 COMPANYFriday 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...
||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
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
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|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.
to 10 Nov
|Expressing the Inexpressible|
Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion
to 13 Oct
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|Independent Opera Scholar's Recital|
to 19 Oct
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
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
to 01 Aug
|"Truth in England for Evermore..."|
Opera della Luna mounts Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot's The Arcadians
to 03 Aug
|Birds of Passage|
Garsington Opera’s Youth Company perform John Barber's Eliza and the Swans
to 08 Aug
|Cloak and Dagger in the Playboy Mansion|
The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival.
to 13 Jun
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
to 05 Jun
Iford Arts' 25th anniversary season takes us on a series of journeys with Bernstein's Candide, Handel's Partenope and Puccini's Madame Butterfly
to 18 Sep
|Happy Ever After|
Bampton Classical Opera spreads a little joy with Nicolò Isouard's Cendrillon
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
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
to 24 Jun
|This Is My Bed|
English Touring Opera continues its ambitious outreach work with a new opera for a special audience
to 15 Jun
|And Now For Something Completely Different|
The National Opera Studio and Second Movement team up to create new audition pieces
to 19 May
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
to 25 Apr
|Mothers and Sons|
Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships
to 24 Apr
|Broad Stripes and Bright Stars|
The National Opera Studio presents an evening of American opera
to 15 Apr
|What is the Truth About Love?|
Streetwise Opera's latest work celebrates life and love on Tyneside
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
to 10 Apr
|Full On Russian|
Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin
to 28 Mar
The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase
to 08 Mar
|Something Old, Something New...|
New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs
to 06 Mar
|From Russia With Love|
The National Opera Studio’s first residency of 2018 takes Russian classics to Scotland
to 14 Dec
The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year
to 22 Feb
|The National Opera Studio Goes Forth|
to 03 Dec
|Small is Beautiful|
Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues
to 23 Dec
|Breaking with Tradition|
OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s
to 11 Nov
New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration
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
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
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
to 08 Sep
British Youth Opera's season features Judith Weir's Vanishing Bridegroom and Mozart's Don Giovanni
to 06 Oct
|The Magic of the Theatre|
OperaUpClose reinvents Mozart's Magic Flute
to 10 Aug
|The Music Troupe presents a spicy new chamber opera|
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
to 20 Aug
OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine
to 12 Sep
|Lessons from the Green-Eyed Monster|
Bampton Classical Opera scores another first with the Salieri opera The School of Jealousy
to 31 Aug
Opera della Luna will lift our spirits this summer with an operetta by Johann Strauss
to 01 Aug
The Longborough Festival Opera season features a seminal work by Gluck and operas by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner – all influenced by his musical reforms
to 02 Aug
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
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Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
London, ROH: 13, 17, 21, 27, 29 Dec
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
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| 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