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 Recent OMTF Events
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.


 Past 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.

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...


The National Opera Studio's celebratory year concludes with Opera in Concert performances in London and Edinburgh

In 2018 the National Opera Studio has been celebrating its 40th year with special events including the unique commissions of twelve arias for its students.  The celebrations conclude in 2019 with a partnership between the Studio, Scottish Opera and English National Opera.

Semi-staged scenes from operas by Donizetti, Britten, Beethoven, Bizet, Mozart and others will be directed by celebrated Irish director Orpha Phelan and for the first time accompanied by the ENO Orchestra, under the baton of British conductor Charles Peebles.

Following a performance at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall, the production will transfer to Edinburgh's King's Theatre for a performance with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera on the set for the company’s new production, Anthropocene.

The National Opera Studio 40th Anniversary Concert can be seen at the Cadogan Hall, London on January 18 and at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh on February 1.

National Opera Studio profile


New Chamber Opera mounts Handel's Xerxes to cheer our winter days

Life is currently beyond parody.  So a monarch in love with a plane tree, a dysfunctional family, a foolish general and a servant who disguises himself as a flower seller can barely rank as out of the ordinary.  First performed in London in 1738, at the end of Handel's career as an opera composer, Handel's Xerxes is set in Persia about 470 BC and is very loosely based upon the true story of King Xerxes I.  It was intended as a comedic take on historical fact and the fashionable opera seria genre with all its serious rules and performance traditions.  The opera was too innovative for the time and the mix of comedy and tragedy was not liked.  But tragi-comedy is just what we appreciate right now and if we miss some of the subtle digs at a specific 18th century genre we won’t miss the buffoonery.  After many confused relationships are played out between various sets of lovers, hindered by confusions and deceptions, all ends happily.  The final chorus - Ritorna a noi la calma - is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

The New Chamber Opera production of Handel’s Xerxes opens on January 25 for two performances at the New College Ante-Chapel, Oxford.

New Chamber Opera profile


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

Other current and recent stories:
Nov 2018
to 07 Dec
¡Y Viva España!
Mid Wales Opera lights up the autumn with a fiesta of Spanish delights featuring Ravel's L'Heure espagnole 
Dec 2018
to 21 Dec
Seasonal Delights: Amahl and the Night Visitors
A twentieth-century Christmas classic from Bampton Classical Opera 
Oct 2018
to 15 Nov
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. 
Oct 2018
to 10 Nov
Expressing the Inexpressible
Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion 
Oct 2018
to 13 Oct
The Parting
Oct 2018
to 19 Oct
Independent Opera Scholar's Recital
Oct 2018
to 19 Oct
Quilt Song
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
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
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 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 
Jul 2017
to 01 Aug
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 
Jul 2017
to 02 Aug
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 

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Opera North
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 19, 26 Jan, 1, 15, 20, 22 Feb, 1 Mar

Royal Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: The Queen of Spades
London, ROH: 19, 22, 25, 28 Jan, 1 Feb
Verdi: La traviata
London, ROH: 21, 23, 24, 26m, 26, 29, 30, 31 Jan

La Nuova Musica
Handel: Alcina
London, St John's Smith Square: 22 Jan

Scottish Opera
MacRae: Anthropocene
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 24, 26 Jan
Edinburgh, King's Theatre: 31 Jan, 2 Feb
London, Hackney Empire: 7, 9 Feb

New Chamber Opera
Handel: Xerxes

Oxford, New College, Antechapel: 25, 26 Jan

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Wagner,Richard: Die Walküre
London, SBC, Royal Festival Hall: 27 Jan

English National Opera
Puccini: La bohème
London, Coliseum: 29 Jan, 2, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16m, 20, 22 Feb

National Opera Studio
National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera
Edinburgh, King's Theatre: 1 Feb

Opera North
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 2, 9, 21, 27 Feb

Royal Opera
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
London, ROH: 4, 6, 9, 18, 21, 26 Feb

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 9, 16m, 23 Feb

English National Opera
Glass: Akhnaten
London, Coliseum: 11, 15, 21, 23, 28 Feb, 2, 7 Mar

Welsh National Opera
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 15, 17m, 24m, 27 Feb, 1 Mar

Opera North
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 16, 23, 28 Feb, 2 Mar

The Opera Story
Dani Howard: Robin Hood
London, Bussey Building: 27 Feb, 1, 2, 5, 8, 9 Mar

English Touring Opera
Rossini: Elizabeth I
London, Hackney Empire: 2 Mar
Buxton, Opera House: 23 Mar
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 4 Apr
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 11 Apr
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 23 Apr
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 25 Apr
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre: 2 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 8 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 23 May
Mozart: Idomeneo
London, Hackney Empire: 8 Mar
Chester, Storyhouse: 16 Mar
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre: 26 Mar
York, Theatre Royal: 30 Mar
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 3, 6 Apr
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 13 Apr
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 17 Apr
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 27 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 1, 4 May
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 11 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 14 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 22, 25 May
Poole, Lighthouse: 1 Jun
Verdi: Macbeth
London, Hackney Empire: 9 Mar
Chester, Storyhouse: 15 Mar
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 19 Mar
Buxton, Opera House: 22 Mar
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre: 25 Mar
York, Theatre Royal: 29 Mar
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 2, 5 Apr
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 12 Apr
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 16 Apr
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 22 Apr
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 26 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 30 Apr, 3 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 7 May
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 10 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 13 May
Perth, Concert Hall: 16 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 24 May
Poole, Lighthouse: 31 May

Garsington Opera
Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 29, 31 May, 6, 8, 11, 15 Jun
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 30 May, 1, 7, 13 Jun

Grange Park Opera
Verdi: Don Carlo
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 6, 15 Jun
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 8, 13, 16 Jun

Garsington Opera
Offenbach: Fantasio
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 14, 16 Jun