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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...


Garsington Opera's new commission brings together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire with a vision of hope in the future

The multi-media, staged opera production incorporating film and inspired by a global poetry project, features a choir of 650 primary school children from Buckinghamshire, a stage company of 90 primary school children from three Bucks schools, soloists Claire Wild and Kieran Rayner, and a 25-piece orchestra from Buckinghamshire Music Trust.

Poems and themes about difficult lives initiated and explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries, have been interwoven into a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life.  Composer Hannah Conway has combined this libretto with ideas from the workshops and a shared vision of hope and a belief in the future has emerged.  Karen Gillingham, creative director of Garsington Opera Learning & Participation, directs.

Dare to Dream, by Hannah Conway (composer), and Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence (librettists), commissioned by Garsington Opera in partnership with Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT) and Rosetta Life, premiers at the Royal Albert Hall, London on March 18.  It is the second half of Echoes 8, a biennial singing event produced by BMT.

Garsington Opera profile


For its third production The Opera Story recasts a favourite story from English folklore

Everyone is familiar with the legend of the folk hero who steals from the rich to give to the poor; it has been the subject of many adventure films and TV series and the title role played by glamorous stars.  The Opera Story, who like to take familiar tales and retell them in a provocative and contemporary way (they’ve tackled Snow White and Goldilocks so far), have this year chosen Robin Hood.

Might there be something more behind that romantic, swashbuckling façade?  Might there be a dark secret?  Alongside up-and-coming composer Dani Howard, librettists Zoe Palmer and Rebecca Hurst re-think the struggles and motivations of this well-known character and those around him, exploring themes such as loyalty and brotherhood, land rights and power, justice and morality.  Polly Graham directs.

The Opera Story production of Robin Hood premieres on February 27 and continues for five performances at the Bussey Building, London.

The Opera Story profile


A new Glyndebourne community opera focussing on separation and political divides features Glyndebourne Youth Opera.

The newly commissioned work, Agreed, composed by Howard Moody with a libretto by Anna Moody, draws inspiration from ancient myths and contemporary political borderlines.  Torn by divisions, violence and unrest, the conscience of the people of Orientis is tested and they and their leader are forced to accountability.

The multi-genre score includes elements of classical, world and jazz music.  An intergenerational chorus of performers, including the Glyndebourne Youth Opera, will perform the piece, led by five professional singers.  Young instrumentalists will play in the pit alongside members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The new Glyndebourne community opera commission Agreed by Howard Moody, composer, and Anna Moody, librettist, opens at Glyndebourne on March 1 for 3 performances.

Glyndebourne Education profile


English Touring Opera's Spring tour explores what it takes to be a ruler with Rossini's Elizabeth I, Mozart's Idomeneo and Verdi's Macbeth

Three operas featuring monarchs and would-be monarchs explore the tensions between private and public lives, ambitions and deep personal emotions. 

Rossini’s Elizabeth I (the first fully staged professional production to tour the UK since 1818) shows the woman behind the monarch.  The queen had the reputation of ruling with her head and silencing her heart.  Writers and composers have been fascinated by her private life and her rivalry with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots and Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, culminating in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife.

Idomeneo, one of Mozart’s greatest ‘opera seria' explores the consequences of a solemn promise.  Two princesses are in love with Idamante whose father, King Idomeneo, is on his way back from the Trojan War.  A storm at sea prompts the king to promise the God Neptune that if he arrives home safely he will sacrifice the first person he meets.  That person turns out to be his son.  The aftermath of this situation tests romantic and fatherly love, the responsibilities of ruling and honourable conduct, and all of the protagonists, to breaking point.

Macbeth reveals the price for those who try to take power illegitimately and brutally.  Packed with black magic (a whole chorus of witches), ghosts and two gloriously wicked yet desperately human protagonists in Macbeth and his wife, Verdi, who had a life-long passion for Shakespeare’s plays, thought it ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. 

James Conway directs Elizabeth I and Idomeneo, whilst James Dacre directs Macbeth.  The conductors are respectively John Andrews, Jonathan Peter Kenny and Gerry Cornelius, who conducts his first opera for the company.

The English Touring Opera Spring tour opens at the Hackney Empire, London on March 2 with Rossini’s Elizabeth I and continues on March 8 with Mozart’s Idomeneo and on March 9 with Verdi’s Macbeth.

English Touring Opera profile

Other current and recent stories:
Feb 2019
to 22 Feb
Sex and Violence, Power and Passion
Mid Wales Opera opens their 30th year with a Spring tour of Puccini's Tosca 
Jan 2019
to 01 Feb
Forty Years On
The National Opera Studio's celebratory year concludes with Opera in Concert performances in London and Edinburgh 
Jan 2019
to 25 Jan
Handel's Opera for Today
New Chamber Opera mounts Handel's Xerxes to cheer our winter days 
Dec 2018
to 02 Jan
Seasonal Delights: A Christmas Night at the Opera
London Festival Opera celebrates the festive season 
Dec 2018
to 10 Dec
Last Days
The National Opera Studio's last residency of the year marks the centenary of the end of World War I 
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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English National Opera
Lehár: The Merry Widow
London, Coliseum: 22, 27, 29 Mar, 1, 4, 13m Apr

English Touring Opera
Verdi: Macbeth
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

Opera North
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 22 Mar

English National Opera
Mozart: The Magic Flute
London, Coliseum: 23, 28 Mar, 2, 6m, 9, 11 Apr

English Touring Opera
Rossini: Elizabeth I
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

Opera North
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 23 Mar

Scottish Opera
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 23 Mar

Chelsea Opera Group
Boito: Mefistofele
London, SBC, Queen Elizabeth Hall: 24 Mar

Mid Wales Opera
Puccini: Tosca

Mold, Theatr Clwyd: 24 Mar
Newport, Gwent, The Riverfront: 27 Mar

Royal Opera
Verdi: La forza del destino
London, ROH: 24, 27, 29 Mar, 2, 5, 9, 12, 17, 22 Apr

English Touring Opera
Mozart: Idomeneo
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

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Milton Keynes Theatre: 27 Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 3 Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 10 Apr
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Milton Keynes Theatre: 28, 30m Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 4, 6m Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 11, 13m Apr
Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Milton Keynes Theatre: 29 Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 5 Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 12 Apr

English National Opera
Bell: Jack the Ripper
London, Coliseum: 30 Mar, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 Apr

The English Concert
Handel: Semele
Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées: 3 Apr
London, Barbican, Barbican Hall: 5 Apr
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead: 7 Apr
Dartmouth, Hopkins Center for the Arts: 10 Apr
Ann Arbor, Hill Auditorium: 12 Apr
New York, Carnegie Hall: 14 Apr
Philadephia, Annenburg Center: 16 Apr

English Baroque Soloists
Handel: Sémélé
Paris, Philharmonie de Paris, Grand Salle Pierre Boulez: 8 Apr

Royal Opera
Gounod: Faust
London, ROH: 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 30 Apr, 2, 6 May

Scottish Opera
Mascagni: Silvano
Glasgow, City Halls: 14 Apr
Edinburgh, Usher Hall: 16 Apr

Garsington Opera
Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 29, 31 May, 6, 8, 11, 15, 20, 23, 30 Jun
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 30 May, 1, 7, 13, 24, 29 Jun, 3, 6, 12, 14, 18, 21 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Verdi: Don Carlo
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 6, 15, 20, 25, 30 Jun, 4, 6, 9 Jul
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 8, 13, 16, 22, 26, 28 Jun, 3, 7 Jul

Garsington Opera
Offenbach: Fantasio
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 14, 16, 22, 27 Jun, 5, 8, 11, 17, 20 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
West Horsley, The Theatre in the Woods: 23, 27, 29 Jun, 2, 5, 10 Jul

Garsington Opera
Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 1, 4, 7, 13, 15, 19 Jul

New Chamber Opera
Handel: Il pastor fido
Oxford, New College, Warden's Garden: 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13 Jul

Garsington Opera
Monteverdi: Vespers
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 24, 25, 26 Jul