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 Recent 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

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 Past OMTF Events
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
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 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 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 
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 
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
More!
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
Transgressors
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
Nothing
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 

 EVENTS
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Wexford Festival Opera
Rossini: La scala di seta
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 24m, 27m, 30m Oct, 3m Nov

English Touring Opera
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Durham, Gala Theatre: 24 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 28 Oct
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 28m Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 30 Oct
Bath, Theatre Royal: 31 Oct
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 8, 11m Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 9, 11 Nov
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake: 14 Nov
Keswick, Theatre by the Lake: 15 Nov

Glyndebourne
Dean: Hamlet
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 24, 27 Oct
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 3 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 17 Nov

Scottish Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 24m, 25, 28 Oct, 28, 30 Nov, 2 Dec
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 2, 4 Nov
Inverness, Eden Court Theatre: 7, 9, 11 Nov
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 15, 17m, 19m, 21, 23, 25 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Musorgsky: Khovanshchina
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 24 Oct
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 31 Oct

Wexford Festival Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto (reduction)
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 25m, 28m Oct, 2m, 4m Nov

English National Opera
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
London, Coliseum: 25, 28, 30 Oct

Glyndebourne
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 25, 28 Oct
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 1, 4 Nov
Woking, New Victoria Theatre: 8, 11 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 15, 18 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 22, 25 Nov

Opera North
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Hull, New Theatre: 25, 28 Oct
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 1, 4 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 8, 11 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 15, 18 Nov

Royal Opera
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
London, ROH: 25, 31 Oct, 4 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Foroni: Margherita
Wexford, National Opera House: 26, 29 Oct, 1, 4 Nov
Synnott: Dubliners
Wexford, Whites Hotel: 26m, 29 Oct, 1m Nov

English National Opera
Handel: Rodelinda
London, Coliseum: 26 Oct, 1, 3, 9, 11, 15 Nov

Glyndebourne
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 26 Oct
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 31 Oct, 2 Nov
Woking, New Victoria Theatre: 7, 10 Nov
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 14, 16 Nov
Milton Keynes Theatre: 21, 23 Nov

Opera North
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Hull, New Theatre: 26, 28 Oct
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 1, 4 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 8, 11 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 15, 18 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Alfano: Risurrezione
Wexford, National Opera House: 27, 30 Oct, 2, 5 Nov

English National Opera
Verdi: Aida
London, Coliseum: 27, 31 Oct, 4, 10, 17, 27, 29 Nov, 2m Dec

English Touring Opera
Rameau: Dardanus

Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 27 Oct
Snape, Maltings: 3 Nov
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 7 Nov

Opera North
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Hull, New Theatre: 27 Oct
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 3 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 10 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 17 Nov
Sullivan,A: Trial by Jury
Hull, New Theatre: 27 Oct
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 27 Oct
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 3 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 10 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 17 Nov

Welsh National Opera
Strauss,J: Die Fledermaus
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 27, 28 Oct
Birmingham, Hippodrome: 1, 4 Nov
Liverpool, Empire Theatre: 10, 11 Nov
Bristol, Hippodrome: 17, 18 Nov

Wexford Festival Opera
Cherubini: Medea
Wexford, National Opera House: 28, 31 Oct, 3 Nov

Opera North
Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 28 Oct
Hull, New Theatre: 28m Oct
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 2, 4 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 9, 11 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 16, 18 Nov

Scottish Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Iolanta
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 29 Oct

Surrey Opera
Mander: The Life to Come
Brighton, Roedean School Theatre: 29m, 29 Oct

Royal Opera
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
London, ROH: 30 Oct, 2, 8, 11, 15, 20, 24, 27 Nov

Music Theatre Wales
Eötvös: The Golden Dragon
London, Hackney Empire: 31 Oct

OperaUpClose
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 31 Oct
Harrogate Theatre: 4 Nov
Wycombe Swan: 8 Nov
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 11 Nov
London, LPAC: 24 Nov
Crawley, The Hawth: 13 Jan

Mid Wales Opera
Walton: The Bear
Llandinam, Village Hall: 2 Nov
Llanfair, Caereinion Institute: 3 Nov
Abermule, Community Centre: 4 Nov
Aberdaron, St Hywyn's Church : 6 Nov
Criccieth, Memorial Hall: 7 Nov
Denbigh, Theatr Twm o'r Nant: 8 Nov
Cilgerran, Rhosygilwen: 10 Nov
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Museum: 11 Nov
Ystradgynlais, The Welfare: 16 Nov
Barmouth, Dragon Theatre, : 17 Nov
Aberdovey, Neuadd Dyfi: 18 Nov
Hay-on-Wye, St Mary's Church: 23 Nov
Ludlow, Assembly Rooms: 29 Nov
Ammanford, The Miner's Theatre: 30 Nov
Cwmbran, Congress Theatre: 1 Dec
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 3 Dec

Opera North
Janáček: Osud
Nottingham, Theatre Royal: 2 Nov
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 9 Nov
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 16 Nov

Royal Opera
Bizet: La Tragédie de Carmen
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14 Nov

English Touring Opera
Bach: Mass in B Minor

Sheffield University Firth Hall: 5 Nov
Exeter, Cathedral: 10 Nov
Blackburn, Cathedral: 12 Nov
Lancaster Priory: 17 Nov
Lichfield Cathedral: 18 Nov

Glyndebourne Education
Lewis Murphy: Belongings
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 10m, 11 Nov

OperaUpClose
Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
South Woodford, Redbridge Drama Centre: 10 Nov

English National Opera
Muhly: Marnie
London, Coliseum: 18, 26, 28 Nov, 1, 3m Dec

Royal Opera
Rossini: Semiramide
London, ROH: 19, 22, 25, 28 Nov, 4, 8, 13, 16 Dec

OperaUpClose
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
London, Arcola Theatre: 22, 23, 24, 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
Opera Cocktail
Frome, Cooper Hall: 2 Dec