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 Recent 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.

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 Past OMTF Events
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
  ETHEREAL INTERVENTION

The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year


Students on the City Lit Opera Course for experienced classical singers have performance opportunities at the end of each term and the first term is generally a workshop performance.  Many operas feature the manipulation of hapless humans by gods, ghosts and a variety of magical and supernatural beings.  Directed by Colin Baldy (Artistic Director) and Peter Crockford (Musical Director) this year’s new students will be having fun with scenes from Don Giovanni, Dido and Aeneas, Iolanthe, Grétry’s Zemire et Azor, Handel’s Jephtha, and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ethereal Intervention is at the John Lyon Theatre, City Lit, London on December 13 and 14.

City Lit Opera School profile

  THE NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO GOES FORTH

HANDEL GOES NORTH. The National Opera Studio’s 2017 residency with Opera North features Handel

The National Opera Studio works closely with the national opera companies and in recent years students have had the opportunity of taking part in residencies with them.  This winter the Young Artists have been working once again with the orchestra and staff of Opera North to mount a showcase to be seen in both Leeds and London.  Handel is the chosen composer and scenes from Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare, Ariodante and Orlando are being directed by American director Christopher Alden and British Baroque conductor David Bates. 
National Opera Studio @ Opera North can be seen at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds on December 8 and in a concert version in The Regent Hall, London, on December 12.



OPERA PASSION IN THE SOUTH The National Opera Studio joins in the celebrations for the London exhibition

To accompany the V&A’s exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics the National Opera Studio has been providing a series of free weekly concerts, featuring current Young Artists and very special Alumni.  These began on November 2 and continue until the end of February when the exhibition closes.
Free National Opera Studio lunchtime concerts at the V&A, London, continue until February 22.

National Opera Studio profile

  SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues

Opera now has the potential to reach far more people than ever before; apart from streaming and live cinema events, performances take place in a huge variety of informal and unusual venues including railway station halls, shopping centres, parks, even on the streets.


Mid Wales Opera’s autumn tour aims to target rural village halls and community centres throughout Wales with performances designed to capture audiences who have less opportunity and need a little more encouragement to try out the artform.  ‘Small-Stages’ performances, directed and designed by Artistic Director Richard Studer, include refreshments and the opportunity for informal discussion and chat with the performers.

The opera featured in this pilot tour is the one-act comedy The Bear (A Joke in One Act) by William Walton which celebrates its 50th Birthday in 2017.  MWO’s Music Director Jonathan Lyness has devised a new English performing edition for three singers and five musicians.  Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear is the story of the widow Mme Popova, whose constant mourning is interrupted by the arrival of the rough-hewn debt collector Smirnov (the “bear” of the title).  Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel – and an unexpected romance.

The second part of the evening is Tatyana’s Party Pieces, extracts from Russian operas in a light hearted take on the birthday party scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin - a taster of the company’s main stage tour of the opera in the spring.

Mid Wales Opera’s new production of Walton’s The Bear opens at Llandinam Village Hall on 2 November and continues in village halls, community centres, assembly rooms and tiny theatres throughout Wales until early December.

Mid Wales Opera profile

  UNCERTAIN JOURNEYS

New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration


Glyndebourne Youth Opera has been providing local young people with annual performance opportunities and opera workshops since 1997.  To celebrate their twentieth anniversary, the company continues its tradition of supporting young composers and librettists.  Belongings explores child migration through two contrasting settings: the arrival of evacuees at Lewes station in WWII and the humanitarian crisis within the Calais refugee camp.  It is the work of Lewis Murphy, Glyndebourne’s current Young Composer in Residence who is in the last year of his three-year attachment and librettist Laura Attridge, a young writer who is founder and Artistic Director of the company And So Forth.

Accompanied by their teacher, a group of evacuees board the train from London to escape the Blitz, anticipating an exciting adventure in the countryside.  Their optimism fades as they begin to pine for home, and one group decides to run away.  Meanwhile, in the present day, a group of refugee children are rebuilding their recently demolished shelters.  They try to remain positive while contemplating the dangerous final stage of their journeys.

The piece will be sung in English by a cast of around 60 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera aged between 9 and 19 performing alongside three professional singers and a small professional orchestra.

Belongings by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge premiers at Glyndebourne on November 10 where it will have two performances.

Glyndebourne Education profile

Other current and recent stories:
Nov 2017
to 23 Dec
Breaking with Tradition
OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s 
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 30 Jul
The Spirit of Paris
The city is as much the star of Operacoast's summer project Gustav Charpentier’s Louise as the central romance 
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 
Jun 2017
to 02 Jul
Power Games
The use and abuse of power drives operas by Puccini, Janacek and Wagner in Grange Park Opera's first season in its new home at West Horsley Place 
Jun 2017
to 14 Jun
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 
Jun 2017
to 04 Jul
All About Love
Garsington Opera's summer season includes Handel, Mozart, Debussy and Rossini together with a new commission from Roxanna Panufnik 
May 2017
to 17 Jul
Y Tŵr
Music Theatre Wales' first Welsh language opera explores the challenges of love, change and ageing 
May 2017
to 13 Jun
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 
May 2017
to 07 May
#LoveOpera Weekend, May 5--7
Following OMTF's successful campaign last May we will once again be celebrating live opera and music theatre in the UK 
May 2017
to 06 May
Dubai-Rostov-New York - Adventures in Faraway Places
The National Opera Studio showcases new works by three celebrated female composers, Joanna Marsh, Elena Langer and Errollyn Wallen 
Mar 2017
to 02 Mar
A Chorus of Celebration
Composers in residence around the country help celebrate Streetwise Opera anniversary 
Mar 2017
to 06 Mar
National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera
This year's students in their first residency of the year 
Mar 2017
to 07 Mar
Rough For Opera #15
Three test performances from composers Catherine Kontz, Benjamin Tassie and Jonathan Higgins 
Mar 2017
to 10 Jun
Resisting Power and Pretension
English Touring Opera's new tour features Puccini's Tosca, and Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical Patience 
Feb 2017
to 04 Mar
Back On the Road
Mid Wales Opera hits the road with Handel's Semele, Mozart's Magic Flute and an ambitious programme for the future 
Feb 2017
to 24 Feb
Various Stages
Mahogany Opera Group's annual showcase of new work-in-progress is expanding for 2017 
Dec 2016
to 16 Dec
Old Tales of Kitezh Grad
Russian songs and arias presented by students of the OperaCoast Sing Russian course 
Dec 2016
to 05 Dec
The Human Condition
Explorations by Anna Clock, Martin Ward and Freya Ireland in Second Movement's latest Rough for Opera 
Oct 2016
to 28 Oct
Earthquake Fundraiser
 
Oct 2016
to 22 Nov
Perfect Matches?
The course of true love runs pretty bumpily in English Touring Opera's autumn season with Xerxes, La Calisto and Ulysses’ Homecoming 
Nov 2016
to 15 Nov
For Who Can Wield Like Shakespeare's Skilful Hand?
Bampton Classical Opera's autumn visit to London features Thomas Linley the Younger and Georg Benda 
Sep 2016
to 10 Sep
Free Spirits
British Youth Opera's season features two rarely seen works by Britten and Malcolm Williamson 
Aug 2016
to 27 Aug
The Hive
The last Tête à Tête production of the summer is a new opera by Carole Hayman and Harvey Brough 
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
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 

 EVENTS
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City Lit Opera School
Ethereal intervention
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 13, 14 Dec

OperaUpClose
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

London, Arcola Theatre: 13, 14, 15, 16m, 18, 19, 20m, 20, 21, 22, 23 Dec

Royal Opera
Rossini: Semiramide
London, ROH: 13, 16 Dec

Royal Northern College of Music
Massenet: Cendrillon
Manchester, RNCM, RNCM Theatre: 14, 16 Dec

Royal Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
London, ROH: 14, 19, 21, 23 Dec, 4, 6, 11, 13, 16 Jan
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
London, ROH: 15, 19, 22 Dec, 6m, 9, 13m Jan
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
London, ROH: 15, 19, 22 Dec, 6m, 9, 13m Jan

The King's Consort
Handel: Der Messias
San Sebastian, Kursaal: 16 Dec
Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus: 17m Dec
Essen, Philharmonie: 18 Dec
Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw: 19 Dec
Köln, Philharmonie: 20 Dec
Lyon, Chapelle de la Trinité: 21 Dec
Lucerne, KKL: 22 Dec
- 2018 -
Royal Opera
Strauss,R: Salome
London, ROH: 8, 12, 17, 21, 23, 26, 30 Jan
Monteverdi: The Return of Ulysses
London, Roundhouse: 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 Jan

Gabrieli Consort and Players
Handel: Acis and Galatea
Katowice, NOSPR: 12 Jan

OperaUpClose
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Crawley, The Hawth: 13 Jan