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London EC2R
Tel:+44 20 7600 6439
Robin Norton-HaleArtistic Director
Dominic Haddock**Executive Director
** main contact
Company type Repertoire Season Location
Opera company Various All year round London and touring

OperaUpClose was founded in October 2009 to produce La Bohème.  Following sold-out runs in various venues, winning the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera Production and the Best Off-West End Production Award, OperaUpClose became the resident company at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, London.  OperaUpClose are an associate company of Soho Theatre, with whom they have co-produced four productions.

The company produces contemporary opera as well as new versions of the classics.  OperaUpClose are building a UK and international touring reputation, co-producing with companies including the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Malmo Opera House, visiting venues including the Bristol Tobacco Factory and festivals including Ravenna, Italy.

In 2012 the company launched Flourish, an annual competition to find new chamber operas.  It aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.  The finalists’ work is produced in showcase format and the winning opera is given a full production the following year.

OperaUpClose are leading an artistic revolution –The Sunday Times
A masterstoke –The Guardian
Opera with the gloves off –Whatsonstage
Madly brilliant –The Times
 EVENTS, by date
Various: Opera Cocktail
 28 Apr: Redbridge, Drama Centre
Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
 30m, 30 Apr: Greenwich Theatre
Various: Opera Cocktail
 5 May: Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
 6 May: Didcot, The Cornerstone
Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
 7m, 7 May: Birmingham, mac Birmingham
Various: Opera Cocktail
 19 May: Gravesend, The Woodville
Verdi: La traviata
 22 Jun: Aldborough, St, Andrew’s Church
Puccini: La Boheme
 29 Jun: Hertford Theatre
 PAST EVENTS, by title
- 2017 -
Bizet: Carmen
Lancaster, Grand Theatre: 24 Jan
Oldham, The Coliseum: 25 Jan

Puccini: La Boheme
Birmingham, mac birmingham: 9 Feb

Various: Opera Cocktail
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 17 Feb
Wimbourne, Tivoli theatre: 13 Apr

Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
London, Finchley, Arts Depot: 19 Feb
Milton Keynes, The Stables: 22 Mar
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 28m, 29m, 29, 30m, 30 Mar

Verdi: La traviata
Doncaster, Cast: 8, 9 Mar
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 7, 8 Apr
- 2016 -
Bizet: Carmen
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 19 Jan
Oxford, Playhouse: 20 Jan
Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn: 31 Jan
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 23, 24 Feb
London, Artsdepot: 27 Feb
Salisbury Playhouse: 4, 5m Jun

Puccini: La Bohème
Guildford, G-Live: 3 Feb
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 19 Feb
Cilgerran, Rhosygilwen: 23 Apr
London, Greenwich, Cutty Sark: 12 Nov

Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
Oxford, The North Wall Arts Centre: 12m, 12 Feb
Cambridge, The Junction: 13m, 13 Nov

Various: Music Oft Hath Such a Charm
London, Broadgate Circle: 13m Apr
Oxford, The North Wall Arts Centre: 15 Apr
Cheltenham, Bacon Theatre: 18 Nov

Various: Opera Cocktail
Stamford, Arts Centre: 11 Jun
Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre: 4 Nov

Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Hertford Theatre: 30 Jun

Verdi: La traviata
Deal, St George's Church: 9 Jul
- 2015 -
Puccini: La Boheme
London, King's Head Theatre: 2, 3 Jan
Bracknell, Wilde Theatre: 6 Jun
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre: 7 Nov

Rossini: The Barber of Seville
London, King's Head Theatre: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Jan
London, Wathen Hall: 30 Apr
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 20 May
Mill Hill, Hartley Hall: 16 Jun
Rugby Theatre: 5 Jul
London, JW3: 6 Jul
Taunton, The Brewhouse: 12 Sep

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 21 Jan
Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn: 30 Jan
Richmond, North Yorks, Georgian Theatre Royal: 7 Feb
Guildford, G-Live: 25 Mar
Margate, Theatre Royal: 11 Apr
Salisbury Playhouse: 30 May
Malvern, Festival Theatre: 17 Jul
Colchester, Mercury Theatre: 12 Nov
London, Arts Depot: 14 Nov
London, Cutty Sark: 21 Nov

Styles: Unborn in America
London, The Vaults, Crescent: 29, 30, 31 Jan, 1 Feb

Donizetti: The Elixir of Love
Cambridge, Mumford Theatre: 18 Apr
Bristol, Tobacco Factory: 21, 22, 23 May

Verdi: La traviata
Oxford Playhouse: 4, 5 Jun
London, Tricycle Theatre: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27m, 27, 29, 30 Jun, 1, 2, 3, 4m, 4 Jul
Bracknell, Wilde Theatre: 20 Sep

Bizet: Carmen
London, Soho Theatre: 5, 6, 7, 8m, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13m, 13, 14, 15m, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20m, 20, 21, 22m, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27m, 27, 28, 29m, 29, 31 Aug, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5m, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12m, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17m, 17, 18, 19m, 19 Sep

Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
London, Kings Place: 11, 18 Oct, 15, 22 Nov

Various: Flourish Finalists Showcase 2015
London, Kings Place: 22 Nov