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 Recent OMTF Events
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.


 Past OMTF Events
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.

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.


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...


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


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


OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s

Eugene Onegin is based on the verse novel by Pushkin, using text adapted from the original.  It had an unconventional structure for the time with ‘lyrical scenes’ that focus on the emotional development of the protagonists such as Tatyana in love and Onegin’s eventual realisation of what he has lost.  Tchaikovsky was concerned that the simplicity of the work would be overpowered by the conventional opera house treatment and determined that the first performance should be performed by conservatory students.

Given this context the opera lends itself well to a chamber production – which is where OperaUpclose come in, with their focus on reinventing well-known works in smaller, more intimate versions.  In this new English adaptation by Robin Norton-Hale the story has been transposed to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against old ways.  It’s a coming-of-age story, a requiem for lost innocence and a triumphant celebration of hard-won independence.  The central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose sexual awakening and entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine.  Infatuation and self-control do battle in a well-tailored world of sleek suits, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.

OperaUpClose’s new version of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin premieres at the Arcola Theatre, London on November 22 where it remains for a month.

OperaUpClose profile


English Touring Opera's Autumn season features Handel's Giulio Cesare and Rameau's Dardanus

Every now and then English Touring Opera celebrates all things Baroque; and over the years they have featured Handel, frequently with the special assistance of their period orchestra partner, the Old Street Band, conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny. 

Since 2009 they have mounted Agrippina, Xerxes, Flavio, Teseo, Tolomeo, Alcina and Ariodante.  That’s quite a roster.  This Autumn they are going for the blockbuster Giulio Cesare, Handel’s most celebrated opera.  It’s a piece about passion and revenge loosely based on historic events and is of epic proportions so they are intriguingly breaking it down into two parts.  In Part I: The Death of Pompey the million dollar question is whether, having defeated his rival Pompey, Caesar can survive the machinations of King of Egypt Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra.  In Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle The Battle for the Kingdom of the Nile reaches a crisis as Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother.

To complete the season the company is presenting the first UK performance of the 1744 version of Rameau’s Dardanus, loosely based on Greek myth and one of his finest works.  Jupiter’s son Dardanus is in love with Iphise, the daughter of his enemy Teucer – a love that, though reciprocated, is forbidden.  So begins a ravishing tale of love in war, with monsters and magic, and containing some of the composer’s finest music.  Douglas Rintoul directs and the conductor is Jonathan Williams.

Both works will be sung in the original language with English surtitles.

Last year ETO’s orchestra and soloists worked with local choirs and amateur singers to present Bach’s St John Passion and this year, under the direction of Jonathan Peter Kenny they will continue Bach’s works with his Mass in B minor - one of the great statements of faith in music.  As the company eloquently puts it – a mighty response to life’s terrible silences.

The English Touring Opera Autumn season opens at the Hackney Empire, London on October 4 with Giulio Cesare Part I: The Death of Pompey and Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle on October 5 followed by a complete performance on October 7.  It continues with Rameau’s Dardanus on October 6 before touring the country.  The first performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor takes place at Saffron Hall, Saffron Waldon on October 8 and continues at a number of venues.

English Touring Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
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
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
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
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
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
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 

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Milton Keynes Theatre: 25 Nov
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 29 Nov, 2 Dec

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

London, Arcola Theatre: 25m, 27, 28, 29, 30 Nov, 1, 2m, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9m, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16m, 18, 19, 20m, 20, 21, 22, 23 Dec

Royal Academy Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni
London, Round Chapel: 25 Nov

Royal Opera
Rossini: Semiramide
London, ROH: 25, 28 Nov, 4, 8, 13, 16 Dec

Scottish Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 25 Nov
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 28, 30 Nov, 2 Dec

English National Opera
Muhly: Marnie
London, Coliseum: 26, 28 Nov, 1, 3m Dec
Verdi: Aida
London, Coliseum: 27, 29 Nov, 2m Dec

Royal Opera
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
London, ROH: 27 Nov

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 28, 30 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin
Oxford, New Theatre: 28, 30 Nov

Mid Wales Opera
Walton: The Bear

Ludlow, Assembly Rooms: 29 Nov
Ammanford, The Miner's Theatre: 30 Nov
Cwmbran, Congress Theatre: 1 Dec
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 3 Dec

Royal Opera
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
London, ROH: 29m Nov, 2, 6m, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22 Dec, 6m, 9, 13m Jan
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
London, ROH: 29m Nov, 2, 6m, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22 Dec, 6m, 9, 13m Jan

Welsh National Opera
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Oxford, New Theatre: 29 Nov

Dean: Hamlet
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 1 Dec

Welsh National Opera
Strauss,J: Die Fledermaus
Oxford, New Theatre: 1, 2 Dec

Opera Cocktail
Frome, Cooper Hall: 2 Dec

Scottish Opera
Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Glasgow, City Halls: 3 Dec

Royal Northern College of Music
Massenet: Cendrillon
Manchester, RNCM, RNCM Theatre: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 Dec

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

Royal Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
London, ROH: 14, 19, 21, 23 Dec, 4, 6, 11, 13, 16 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 -
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Crawley, The Hawth: 13 Jan