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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...


Mid Wales Opera lights up the autumn with a fiesta of Spanish delights featuring Ravel's L'Heure espagnole

Set in a clock shop in Spain, this light-touch one-act comedy follows the fortunes of Torquemada, a hardworking clockmaker, as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers.  Premiered in 1911, Ravel’s L'Heure espagnole (A Spanish Hour) was the first of his two operas and is based on what was, at the time, thought of as a rather risqué play.  Opening with ticking clocks it is full of the Spanish elements that frequently appear in his music and is bursting with hummable melodies and lively dances - the malagueña, the jota and the habañera.  It has been given a new English translation by the company’s Artistic Director Richard Studer and a new musical arrangement for violin, harp, bassoon and piano by Music Director Jonathan Lyness

The second half of the evening is an eclectic taste of Spain mixing old favourites with the less familiar.  The programme is designed for small stages - small theatres, churches and community halls and will tour within Wales and the Welsh borders.

Mid Wales Opera tours Ravel’s A Spanish Hour (L’Heure espagnole) together with a collection of Spanish delights this autumn opening on November 9 at Theatr Llwyn, Llanfyllin and continuing until early December.

Mid Wales Opera profile


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


Music Theatre Wales takes on a new challenge – dance-opera – with Pasal Dusapin's Passion

“Music exists to express the inexpressible”.  Music Theatre Wales notes that this description by Debussy refers equally to dance.  And they propose to prove it with their new production featuring both voice and body.  Dance-opera is a genre that it beginning to appear in the performing arts sector and the company are extending not only the variety of their work but their series of international works new to UK audiences.

Pascal Dusapin’s Passion has been seen widely across Europe but not yet in the UK.  In co-production with the National Dance Company Wales and working with contemporary specialists the London Sinfonietta and vocal ensemble EXAUDI, Music Theatre Wales have commissioned a new English translation from Amanda Holden.

Passion, inspired by the Orpheus myth, explores the pain and passion of two lovers who are forced apart into separate worlds.  But there is an intriguing contemporary take; it is the woman who is the centre of the action.  The classical version of the story focusses on the point of view of Orpheus – how Euridice’s death and his subsequent actions affect him; she has no choice in the attempted rescue.  Passion puts her perspective centre stage.

Passion will be performed by two singers and an ensemble of dancers.  The movement of the dancers becomes an extension of the feelings and desires of the characters portrayed by the singers.  The production aims to achieve a poetic unity between voice and body, movement and sound, music and emotion, where words alone can never be enough.

Passion, by Pascal Dusapin in a new production by Music Theatre Wales, a co-production with the National Dance Company Wales and created in association with the London Sinfonietta and Exaudi opens at the Anvil, Basingstoke, on October 11 and then tours until mid November.

Music Theatre Wales profile


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

Other current and recent stories:
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 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 

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English National Opera
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
London, Coliseum: 17m Nov

Massenet: Cendrillon
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 17 Nov
Woking, New Victoria Theatre: 23 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 28 Nov, 1 Dec

Hampstead Garden Opera
Cimarosa: The Secret Marriage
London, Jacksons Lane Theatre: 17, 18m, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24m, 24, 25m Nov

Mid Wales Opera
Ravel: L'heure espagnole
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

Opera North
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 17 Nov

Scottish Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 17 Nov
Inverness, Eden Court: 20, 22, 24 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Prokofiev,S: War and Peace
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 17 Nov
Southampton, The Mayflower: 24 Nov

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

Verdi: La traviata
Woking, New Victoria Theatre: 20, 24 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 27, 30 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Langer: Rhondda Rips It Up!
Winchester, Theatre Royal: 20 Nov

English Touring Opera
Carissimi: Jonas

Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov
Gesualdo: I Will Not Speak
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 21, 22 Nov

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Puccini: Le villi
London, SBC, Royal Festival Hall: 21 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Southampton, The Mayflower: 21, 23 Nov

English National Opera
Britten: War Requiem
London, Coliseum: 22, 27, 29 Nov, 4, 7 Dec

Welsh National Opera
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Southampton, The Mayflower: 22 Nov

Irish National Opera
Verdi: Aida
Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre: 24, 27, 29 Nov, 1 Dec

English National Opera
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
London, Coliseum: 24, 30 Nov, 5 Dec
Puccini: La bohème
London, Coliseum: 26, 28 Nov, 1m, 3, 6, 8 Dec, 29 Jan, 2, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16m, 20, 22 Feb

Royal Opera
Bizet: Carmen
London, ROH: 27, 30 Nov, 4, 8, 11, 14, 19, 22 Dec

Opera North
Puts: Silent Night
Leeds, Town Hall: 30 Nov, 2, 6, 7 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

Royal Opera
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
London, ROH: 11, 13, 17, 21, 27, 29 Dec

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