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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
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 
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 
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 
Nov 2015
to 14 Nov
Contagious Creativity
Two new works from English Touring Opera harness the creativity of a variety of participants in the company's autumn education programme 
Nov 2015
to 22 Nov
The Flourish Opera Competition, 2015
OperaUpClose presents a showcase of extracts from the four finalists 
Oct 2015
to 20 Nov
The French Connection
English Touring Opera's French season features Debussy, Massenet and Offenbach. Although all are based on popular literary works the fame of each opera has eclipsed its original 
Oct 2015
to 22 Nov
OperaUpClose Goes Sailing
Homer's Odyssey is the inspiration for OperaUpClose's first work for families 
Nov 2015
to 03 Nov
Second Movement
 
Oct 2015
to 18 Nov
The French Connection
English Touring Opera's French season features Debussy, Massenet and Offenbach. Although all are based on popular literary works the fame of each opera has eclipsed its original 
Oct 2015
to 14 Oct
Billiards
Mahogany Opera Group and Ergo Phizmiz – A Work-In-Progress 
Sep 2015
to 11 Sep
Life, Death, Nature and Myth
British Youth Opera's annual season features the cycle of life and death from the perspective of Janacek, Vaughan Williams and Holst 
Sep 2015
to 19 Sep
Bampton Opera prescribes Haydn's jaunty comedy about an apothecary, his ward and her suitors
 
Sep 2015
to 19 Oct
Mindfulness
Mahogany Opera Group premieres Rolf Hind’s new opera based on meditation techniques 
Aug 2015
to 19 Sep
Carmen - A Heroine for Today
OperaUpClose tackles a repertory favourite in their new summer production 
Jul 2015
to 15 Sep
Opposites Distract
Bampton Classical Opera's summer opera is Salieri's La Grotta di Trofonio featuring bewildered lovers and a capricious wizard 
Jul 2015
to 09 Aug
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival - The Revolution Continues
The festival returns to King’s Cross for its 9th year of innovation, bigger than ever with more than 100 performances and over 40 new works 
Aug 2015
to 09 Aug
Tête à Tête at its own Opera Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
The Music Troupe Go Surreal at the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
English Touring Opera Tours a Family Friendly Show to the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Aug 2015
to 07 Aug
Size Zero Opera at the Tête à Tête Festival
 
Jul 2015
to 21 Jul
People Watch
Streetwise Opera and the Ligeti Quartet explore TV programmes in this new opera by Stef Conner 
Jul 2015
to 19 Jul
Love Lessons in Oxford
Oxford-based New Chamber Opera's summer production features a beautiful innkeeper, amorous noblemen and a faithful servant in a classic Goldoni comedy 
Jul 2015
to 11 Jul
Light and Shadow
Vaughan Williams and Ravel provide a double bill for the City Lit Opera School's first full length performances 
Jul 2015
to 09 Jul
Bromance at the Opera
Famous duets for men feature in the latest singing chat show from Unexpected Opera 
Jun 2015
to 07 Jun
Devoted and Disgruntled
 
Jun 2015
to 26 Sep
Opera della Luna has Plans to Provoke with a New Orpheus in the Underworld
 
Jun 2015
to 15 Jun
Second Movement
 
Jun 2015
to 20 Jun
Back to Wagner
Longborough Festival Opera's 2015 season features two towering tragedies: Tristan und Isolde and Rigoletto and lifts the spirits with the more lighthearted Don Pasquale and Xerxes 
Jun 2015
to 03 Jul
On the Roof, In a Garret, At the Ball and In the Temple
Operas by Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Saint-Saens and a well-loved musical starring Bryn Terfel comprise Grange Park's eclectic season 
Jun 2015
to 11 Jul
Tangled Webs
Reason and love keep little company together in Garsington Opera's 26th season featuring Mozart, Strauss, Britten and a new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company 
Jun 2015
to 20 Jun
Let's Party!
With a masked ball, the can-can, a spot of Handelian bedroom farce and Violetta hosting a soirée, this year's Iford Arts season has a particularly festive air 
Jun 2015
to 07 Jun
An Embarrassment of Riches
 
Jun 2015
to 05 Jun
Each Unhappy in its Own Way
The National Opera Studios' latest showcase features dysfunctional families 
May 2015
to 10 May
Let's Make an Opera - The Bard goes Baroque in an 18th Century Satire
Hand Made Opera teams up with Opera Restor'd to revive an 18th century comedy based on Shakespeare's Pyramus and Thisbe 
May 2015
to 16 May
A Journey to the Light
A new opera by John Barber, Hazel Gould and the Nottingham Streetwise Opera Performers 
Apr 2015
to 03 May
The OMTF extends a warm welcome to the City Lit Opera School
 
Mar 2015
to 24 May
OMTF New Producers Scheme 2015: The Music Troupe
 
Mar 2015
to 26 May
English Touring Opera Goes Italian
ETO's spring tour features three Italian operas: The Siege of Calais; The Wild Man of the West Indies, La bohème - plus an English cat 

 EVENTS
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Ellen Kent International
Puccini: La Boheme
Basingstoke, The Anvil: 27 Apr
Torquay, Princess Theatre: 28 Apr
High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan: 29 Apr
Southend, Cliffs Pavillion: 30 Apr
Manchester, Palace Theatre: 3 May

English Touring Opera
Sullivan,A: Patience

Cambridge Arts Theatre: 27 Apr
Buxton, Opera House: 6 May
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre: 8 May
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 12 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 25 May
Truro, Hall for Cornwall: 30 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 3 Jun

Royal Opera
Adès: The Exterminating Angel
London, ROH: 27 Apr, 1, 3, 6, 8 May

Welsh National Opera
Puccini: Madam Butterfly
Southampton, The Mayflower: 27, 29 Apr

English Touring Opera
Puccini: Tosca

Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 28, 29 Apr
Guildford, G-Live: 2 May
Buxton, Opera House: 4, 5 May
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre: 9 May
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 13 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 16 May
Perth, Concert Hall: 18 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 23, 26, 27 May
Truro, Hall for Cornwall: 29 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 1, 2 Jun
Stoke-on-Trent, The Regent Theatre: 5 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Jun
Blackpool, Grand Theatre: 10 Jun
Tallinn, Pirita Convent: 11 Aug

NI Opera
Puccini: La bohème
Belfast, Ulster Hall: 28, 29 Apr

Opera North
Puccini: Turandot
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 28, 30m Apr, 12 May
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 5 May
Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall: 18 May
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead: 20 May

OperaUpClose
Various: Opera Cocktail
Redbridge, Drama Centre: 28 Apr
Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre: 5 May
Didcot, The Cornerstone: 6 May
Gravesend, The Woodville: 19 May

Welsh National Opera
Puccini: La bohème
Southampton, The Mayflower: 28 Apr

OperaUpClose
Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
Greenwich Theatre: 30m, 30 Apr
Birmingham, mac Birmingham: 7m, 7 May

Ellen Kent International
Verdi: Nabucco
Manchester, Palace Theatre: 4 May
Dartford, The Orchard Theatre: 7 May

Mid Wales Opera
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Newport, Gwent, The Riverfront: 4 May

National Opera Studio
Various: Opera anthology
London, Wilton's Music Hall: 4, 5, 6 May
London, Burntwood School: 9 May

Ellen Kent International
Verdi: Aida
Manchester, Palace Theatre: 5, 6 May

Swansea City Opera
Delibes: Lakme
Harrogate Theatre: 5 May
Middlesbrough Theatre: 6 May
Ipswich, Wolsey Theatre: 7 May
Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor: 12 May
Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre: 13 May

NI Opera
Handel: Radamisto
Limerick, Lime Tree Theatre: 6 May
Cork, The Everyman: 9 May
Dublin, O'Reilly Theatre: 11, 12 May
Belfast, Grand Opera House: 14 May

Scottish Opera
Puccini: La bohème
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 9, 12, 14m, 16, 18, 20 May
Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre: 25, 27 May

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Shankar: Sukanya
Leicester, The Curve: 12 May
Salford Quays, The Lowry: 14 May
Birmingham, Symphony Hall: 15 May
London, SBC, Royal Festival Hall: 19 May

Royal Opera
Verdi: Don Carlos
London, ROH: 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29m May

English Touring Opera
Hepplewhite: Silver Electra
Chatham Library: 13m May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 1 Jun
Thurrock, Thameside Theatre: 13m, 14m Jun

Music Theatre Wales
Puw: Y Tŵr
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru: 19, 20 May
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 23 May
Bangor, Pontio: 25 May
Mold, Clwyd Theatr Cymru: 5 Jun
Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre: 15 Jun
Buxton, Opera House: 17 Jul

Royal Opera
Shankar: Sukanya
London, SBC, Royal Festival Hall: 19 May

Glyndebourne Festival
Cavalli: Hipermestra
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 20, 24, 27 May, 1, 4m, 9, 15, 18m, 23, 29 Jun, 2m, 5, 8 Jul

Welsh National Opera
Strauss,J: Die Fledermaus
Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre: 20 May, 16 Jun

Glyndebourne Festival
Verdi: La traviata
Glyndebourne, Opera House: 21m, 25m, 28m, 31m May, 3m, 7m, 10m, 12m, 16m, 19m Jun, 1m, 4, 7m, 10m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 22m, 25m, 27m Jul

Scottish Opera
Puccini: Le Villi
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 21 May

London Festival Opera
Various: A Night at the Opera
Runcorn, The Brindley: 24 May

Iford Arts
Puccini: La bohème
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 27, 30 May, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13 Jun

Garsington Opera
Handel: Semele
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 1, 3, 9, 15, 23, 30 Jun, 4 Jul
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 2, 4, 8, 10, 17 Jun, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Puccini: Tosca
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 8, 10, 15, 18, 22, 24, 28, 30 Jun, 2 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Wagner,Richard: Tristan und Isolde
Longborough, Opera House: 8m, 10m, 12m, 14m Jun

Grange Park Opera
Janáček: Jenůfa
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 11, 17, 23 Jun, 6, 8 Jul

Garsington Opera
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 16, 18, 22, 25, 27 Jun, 1, 7 Jul

Iford Arts
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30 Jun, 1 Jul

OperaUpClose
Verdi: La traviata
Aldborough, St, Andrew’s Church: 22 Jun

Longborough Festival Opera
Beethoven: Fidelio
Longborough, Opera House: 24m, 27m, 29m Jun, 1m, 2m Jul

Garsington Opera
Rossini: Il turco in Italia
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 26, 29 Jun, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Wagner,Richard: Die Walküre
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 29 Jun, 1, 5, 9, 12, 15 Jul

OperaUpClose
Puccini: La Boheme
Hertford Theatre: 29 Jun

National Opera Studio
Various: Training
London, National Opera Studio: 30 Jun

Longborough Festival Opera
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Longborough, Opera House: 13m, 15m, 16m, 18m, 20m, 22m Jul

Bampton Classical Opera
Salieri: The School of Jealousy
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 21, 22 Jul
Westonbirt, The Orangery: 28 Aug
London, St John's Smith Square: 12 Sep

Iford Arts
Handel: Jephta
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 22, 25, 28, 29 Jul, 1, 2 Aug

Garsington Opera
Panufnik: Silver Birch
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 28, 29, 30 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
Longborough, Opera House: 29m, 30m Jul, 1m Aug

British Youth Opera
Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom
London, Peacock Theatre: 2, 6, 8 Sep
Mozart: Don Giovanni
London, Peacock Theatre: 5, 7, 9 Sep

Music Theatre Wales
Eötvös: The Golden Dragon
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru: 22 Sep