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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
  THE PARTING


Composer Edward Lambert is having a Lorca year.  Close on the heels of his new opera The Cloak and Dagger Affair, based on a play by Federico Garcia Lorca and premiered this summer at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, comes an intimate bite-sized opera using text by Lorca.  The Parting is part of an Evening of English Opera presented by The Music Troupe at the Croft Hall, Hungerford on October 13.

The Music Troupe profile

  INDEPENDENT OPERA SCHOLAR'S RECITAL


Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells runs a Voice Scholarship which provides funding and mentoring for singers in the early stages of their operatic careers.  Award recipients, all recent graduates from the UK’s leading music conservatoires in partnership with IO, perform in an annual recital.  This year the programme for the four artists (Claire Lees, soprano, Michael Mofidian, bass baritone and mezzo sopranos Ida Ränzlöv and Svetlina Stoyanova), includes German Lied, contemporary Swedish song and a world première from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, accompanied by prizewinning pianist, Nino Chokhonelidze.  The recital takes place at the Wigmore Hall on October 19.

Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells profile

  QUILT SONG


Selfmade Music Theatre’s new work celebrates social inclusivity by using quilting as a metaphor.  Around the assassination of Abraham Lincoln composer Susie Self weaves history and fantasy: the stories of Rosa Parks, civil rights activist; the poet John Drinkwater; his Muse; the bus driver James Blake, on whose bus Rosa took her fateful stand against racism; and the boatman who ferries passengers across the River Styx.  Quilt Song, which has been written for the Birmingham community and features rising stars from Birmingham Ormiston Academy is sourced from John Drinkwater's play Abraham Lincoln which was premiered at The Old Rep (then Birmingham Repertory Theatre) in 1918 and will be performed in that same venue and 100 years to the day, on October 19.

Selfmade Music Theatre profile

  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.


As the Baroque golds and burnt umbers of autumn appear, English Touring Opera frequently turn to Handel.  This year their autumn season features Radamisto, the tale of a royal family locked in mortal conflict.  It was Handel’s first opera for the new organisation formed in 1719 to mount Italian opera in London and was a huge success.  The aria “Ombra cara”, astonished audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter.  In revised versions at the end of 1720 Handel rewrote the title role for the famous castrato Senesino.  The story champions faithfulness and married love, but it also has a fine gallery of moral depravity and intolerance.

The second production moves to the 17th century and is a ‘concoction’ – a triple bill which promises to conjure a Jacobean night-world featuring Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  Dido is abandoned by her lover Aeneas as he leaves to fulfil his destiny in Italy and her lament, as she contemplates her ruin, is one of opera’s most famous arias.  Dido will be complemented by Giacomo Carissimi’s Jonas, which tells the story of Jonah and the whale, one of a series of short musical dramas depicting scenes from the Bible in which humans wrestle with God.  The third element is I Will not Speak, a selection of Carlo Gesualdo’s intense madrigals.  The prince-composer, who murdered his wife and her lover, was tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God.

The season also includes concerts of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, concluding a 3-year cycle of his major works.  ETO soloists and the Old Street Band led by Jonathan Peter Kenny will work in partnership with 23 different choirs around the country.

The English Touring Opera autumn season opens on Saturday, October 6 at the Hackney Empire with Handel’s Radamisto and continues in the same venue on October 12 with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Carissimi’s Jonas and I will Not Speak, a selection of madrigals by Carlo Gesulado.  The concerts of Bach’s St Matthew Passion begin on October 18 in the Temple Church, London.

English Touring Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
Oct 2018
to 10 Nov
Expressing the Inexpressible
Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion 
Sep 2018
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 
Jul 2018
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 
Aug 2018
to 01 Aug
"Truth in England for Evermore..."
Opera della Luna mounts Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot's The Arcadians 
Aug 2018
to 03 Aug
Birds of Passage
Garsington Opera’s Youth Company perform John Barber's Eliza and the Swans 
Aug 2018
to 08 Aug
Cloak and Dagger in the Playboy Mansion
The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival. 
Jun 2018
to 13 Jun
Transformations
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 
May 2018
to 05 Jun
Travelling Hopefully
Iford Arts' 25th anniversary season takes us on a series of journeys with Bernstein's Candide, Handel's Partenope and Puccini's Madame Butterfly 
Jul 2018
to 18 Sep
Happy Ever After
Bampton Classical Opera spreads a little joy with Nicolò Isouard's Cendrillon 
Jul 2018
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 
May 2018
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 
Jun 2018
to 24 Jun
This Is My Bed
English Touring Opera continues its ambitious outreach work with a new opera for a special audience 
Jun 2018
to 15 Jun
And Now For Something Completely Different
The National Opera Studio and Second Movement team up to create new audition pieces 
May 2018
to 19 May
Conflict Zones
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 
Apr 2018
to 25 Apr
Mothers and Sons
Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships 
Apr 2018
to 24 Apr
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars
The National Opera Studio presents an evening of American opera 
Apr 2018
to 15 Apr
What is the Truth About Love?
Streetwise Opera's latest work celebrates life and love on Tyneside 
Feb 2018
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 
Feb 2018
to 10 Apr
Full On Russian
Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin 
Mar 2018
to 28 Mar
Tangled Webs
The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase 
Feb 2018
to 08 Mar
Something Old, Something New...
New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs 
Feb 2018
to 06 Mar
From Russia With Love
The National Opera Studio’s first residency of 2018 takes Russian classics to Scotland 
Dec 2017
to 14 Dec
Ethereal intervention
The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year 
Dec 2017
to 22 Feb
The National Opera Studio Goes Forth
 
Nov 2017
to 03 Dec
Small is Beautiful
Mid Wales Opera's new production of Walton's The Bear targets the smallest venues 
Nov 2017
to 23 Dec
Breaking with Tradition
OperaUpClose's latest reimagining sets Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the 1960s 
Nov 2017
to 11 Nov
Uncertain Journeys
New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration 
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 

 EVENTS
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Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Das Rheingold
London, ROH: 16, 26 Oct

Welsh National Opera
Langer: Rhondda Rips It Up!
Bangor, Pontio: 16 Oct
Swindon, Wyvern Theatre: 23 Oct
Northampton, Royal Theatre: 24 Oct
Mold, Clwyd Theatr: 8 Nov

English National Opera
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
London, Coliseum: 17, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 Oct, 3m, 8, 10, 14, 17m Nov

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 17, 19 Oct
Bristol, Hippodrome: 25, 27 Oct
Liverpool, Empire Theatre: 7, 9 Nov
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 14, 16 Nov

English National Opera
Strauss,R: Salome
London, Coliseum: 18, 20, 23 Oct

Glyndebourne
Verdi: La traviata
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 Oct, 2 Nov
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 6, 9 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 13, 16 Nov

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Die Walküre
London, ROH: 18m, 28m Oct

Scottish Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 18, 21m, 24, 27 Oct
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 1, 3 Nov
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 9, 11m, 15, 17 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 18 Oct
Bristol, Hippodrome: 26 Oct
Liverpool, Empire Theatre: 8 Nov
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 15 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Giordano: Mala vita
Wexford, National Opera House: 19, 25, 28m, 31 Oct, 3 Nov
Leoni: L'Oracolo
Wexford, National Opera House: 19, 25, 28m, 31 Oct, 3 Nov

Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells
Independent Opera Scholar's Recital

London, Wigmore Hall: 19 Oct

Selfmade Music Theatre
Susie Self: Quilt Song

Birmingham, The Old Rep Theatre: 19 Oct

Wexford Festival Opera
Bolcom: Dinner at Eight
Wexford, National Opera House: 20, 23, 26 Oct, 1, 4 Nov
Donizetti: Don Pasquale (reduction)
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 20m, 24m, 27m, 31m Oct, 3m Nov

Glyndebourne
Massenet: Cendrillon
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 20, 22, 25, 28, 31 Oct, 3 Nov
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 7, 10 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 14, 17 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Prokofiev,S: War and Peace
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 20 Oct

Wexford Festival Opera
Mercadante: Il bravo
Wexford, National Opera House: 21m, 24, 27, 30 Oct, 2 Nov

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Siegfried
London, ROH: 21, 31 Oct

English Touring Opera
Carissimi: Jonas

Durham, Gala Theatre: 22 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 26 Oct
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 3 Nov
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 10 Nov
Bath, Theatre Royal: 13 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov
Gesualdo: I Will Not Speak
Durham, Gala Theatre: 22 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 26 Oct
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 3 Nov
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 10 Nov
Bath, Theatre Royal: 13 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Durham, Gala Theatre: 22 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 26 Oct
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 3 Nov
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 10 Nov
Bath, Theatre Royal: 13 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Puccini: La fanciulla del West (reduction)
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 23m, 26m, 30m Oct, 2m Nov

English Touring Opera
Handel: Radamisto

Durham, Gala Theatre: 23 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 27 Oct
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 2 Nov
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 6 Nov
Buxton, Opera House: 9 Nov
Bath, Theatre Royal: 12 Nov
Oxford, Town Hall: 15 Nov

Music Theatre Wales
Dusapin: Passion

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 23 Oct
Snape, Maltings: 30 Oct
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 6 Nov
Mold, Clwyd Theatr Cymru: 10 Nov

Opera North
Puccini: Tosca
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 23, 25, 27 Oct
Hull, New Theatre: 1, 3 Nov
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 7, 9 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 14, 16 Nov

Royal Opera
Verdi: Requiem
London, ROH: 23 Oct

Opera North
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 24, 26 Oct
Hull, New Theatre: 2 Nov
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 8, 10 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 15, 17 Nov

Royal Opera
Wagner,Richard: Götterdämmerung
London, ROH: 24m Oct, 2m Nov

English National Opera
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
London, Coliseum: 25, 30 Oct, 2, 7, 9, 15, 24, 30 Nov, 5 Dec

Scottish Opera
Puccini: Edgar
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 28 Oct

OperaUpClose
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
London, Artsdepot: 3 Nov

Mid Wales Opera
Ravel: L'heure espagnole
Llanfyllin, Theatr Llwyn: 9 Nov
Abertillery, The Met: 10 Nov
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 11 Nov
Cardiff, Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: 15 Nov
Barmouth, Dragon Theatre: 16 Nov
Aberdovey, Neuadd Dyfi: 17 Nov
Pontardawe Arts Centre: 21 Nov
Hay-on-Wye, St Mary's Church: 22 Nov
Fishguard, Theatr Gwaun: 23 Nov
Trefeglwys Memorial Hall: 24 Nov
Bishop's Castle, SpArC: 29 Nov
Mold, Emlyn Williams Theatre, Theatr Clwyd: 30 Nov
Criccieth, Memorial Hall: 1 Dec
Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn: 5 Dec
Abermule Community Centre: 6 Dec
Ludlow, St Lawrence's Church: 7 Dec

Royal Opera
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
London, ROH: 15, 19, 24, 27 Nov, 1, 5, 10 Dec

London Festival Opera
A Christmas Night at the Opera
Sturminster Newton, The Exchange, Stour Hall: 7, 8 Dec
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 9 Dec
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 22 Dec

National Opera Studio
Last Days
Leeds, Howard Assembly Room: 8 Dec
London, Bridewell Theatre: 10 Dec

Bampton Classical Opera
Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors
London, St John's Smith Square: 16, 21 Dec