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Robin Norton-Hale**Artistic Director
Amy NovadnieksProducer
Helen McKeownAdministrator
** 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
 PAST EVENTS, by title
- 2018 -
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Crawley, The Hawth: 13 Jan
Winchester, Theatre Royal: 22 Feb
London, Artsdepot: 10 Mar
Doncaster, Cast: 14, 15 Mar
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 12 May

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn: 8 Feb
Colchester, Mercury theatre: 11 May
Harrogate Theatre: 17 Jul
London, Artsdepot: 3 Nov

Opera Cocktail
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre: 17 Feb
Greenwich, Cutty Sark: 23 Mar
Oxford, TBC: 27 Jun
London, Wanstead Golf Club: 13 Sep

Puccini: La boheme
Crawley, The Hawth: 19 Jul

Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
London, Osterley House: 8, 22 Sep
London, Sutton House: 10, 14, 15 Sep
London, Sutton House: 12 Sep
London, Old Royal Naval College: 28 Sep
Daventry, Canons Ashby: 8 Oct
- 2017 -
Bizet: Carmen
Lancaster, Grand Theatre: 24 Jan
Oldham, The Coliseum: 25 Jan

Puccini: La Boheme
Birmingham, mac birmingham: 9 Feb
Salisbury Playhouse: 3 Jun
Hertford Theatre: 29 Jun
Folkstone, Quarterhouse: 1 Jul
Derby Theatre: 7 Jul
St Andrews, The Byre Theatre: 13, 14 Jul

Opera Cocktail
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal: 17 Feb
Wimbourne, Tivoli theatre: 13 Apr
Redbridge, Drama Centre: 28 Apr
Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre: 5 May
Didcot, The Cornerstone: 6 May
Gravesend, The Woodville: 19 May
Frome, Cooper Hall: 2 Dec

Anthony Young: Ulla's Odyssey
London, Artsdepot: 19 Feb
Milton Keynes, The Stables: 22 Mar
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 28m, 29m, 29, 30m, 30 Mar
Greenwich Theatre: 30m, 30 Apr
Birmingham, mac Birmingham: 7m, 7 May
Stroud, The Cotswold Playhouse: 9 Jul

Verdi: La traviata
Doncaster, Cast: 8, 9 Mar
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 7, 8 Apr
Aldborough, St, Andrew's Church: 22 Jun

Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
London, Kings Place: 2, 10, 16 Jul, 6, 20 Aug
South Woodford, Redbridge Drama Centre: 10 Nov

Puccini: La Bohème
Bishop Stortford, The Rhodes: 2 Sep

Mozart: The Magic Flute
London, Soho Theatre: 6, 7, 8, 9m, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21m, 21, 22, 23m, 23, 25, 27m, 27, 28m, 28, 29, 30m, 30 Sep, 2, 3, 4, 5m, 5, 6, 7m, 7 Oct
Mansfield, Palace Theatre: 15 Oct
Southampton, Nuffield Theatre: 17 Oct
Halifax, Square Chapel: 21 Oct
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 31 Oct
Harrogate Theatre: 4 Nov
Wycombe Swan: 8 Nov
Malvern, Forum Theatre: 11 Nov
London, LPAC: 24 Nov

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
- 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

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

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