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 Recent 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.


 Past OMTF Events
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...


New company The Opera Story reinvents two classic tales in Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs

A warm welcome to our newest member The Opera Story who commission work from up-and-coming composers, and produce and perform it with new opera talent in site-specific productions in intimate and unusual venues.

Their first production in 2017 was based on the story of Snow White and took place in a former cricket bat factory. This year they continue to take old stories and turn them into new ones in which nothing can be taken for granted. Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs by Vahan Salorian with a libretto by Dominic Kimberlin plays on the idea that old stories have their roots deep in our collective unconsciousness by combining two familiar fairy-tales and giving them some fresh, dark twists.

What do these tales have in common? How well do we really know them? The opera explores what we think about the characters, their motivations and back stories and makes us think again.

The Opera Story’s new opera Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs by Vahan Salorian with a libretto by Dominic Kimberlin opens at the Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London on February 26 where it will have six performances.

The Opera Story profile


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

ETO’s spring tour opens with a concert of highlights from the operas of which Rossini was most proud, those which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks.  These are his serious works including Otello and the rarely performed La donna del lago, Maometto II, Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra and Ermione.  John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra.

Another kind of fun will be a new production of one of the world’s most popular and compassionate of operas, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.  During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife.  Blanche McIntyre’s production will focus on the social, racial and gender inequalities that exist in modern society, through the lens of a comedy performed by a company led by Ross Ramgobin as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna and Nadine Benjamin as the Countess.

Puccini’s Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi were originally designed to be part of Il trittico, his trio of one-act operas each sharing the concealment of a death but played out in very different moods and styles.  The double bill certainly provides a dramatic contrast, Il tabarro being a moody romance set in Paris and ending in a grotesque murder, and Gianni Schicchi a vivacious comedy set in Florence about a family inheritance.  Directed by James Conway and Liam Steel respectively, they were highly praised when first performed by the company in 2011.

The English Touring Opera Spring tour opens at the Hackney Empire, London on February 22 with Rossini: Fireworks! and continues on February 28 with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.  The double bill of Puccini’s Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi opens on March 2.

English Touring Opera profile


Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin

During the autumn the company toured The Bear, recently nominated for Best Touring Production (England) by @WalesArtsAwards.  Walton’s one act comedy based on Chekov’s play was combined with extracts from Russian operas in a light hearted take on the birthday party scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.  The programme was a taster for the main stage production of the full opera in a translation by David Lloyd Jones which is now ready to tour.

Unrequited love, lost opportunities, the development of self-knowledge, the contrast between simple country life and the sophisticated games of the Russian elite are played out between the opening scenes at harvest time on a country estate and the closing scene at an aristocratic ball in St Petersburg.  The Bear includes the threat of a duel; in Eugene Onegin, there is a full on duel, perhaps one of the most famous in the opera repertoire..

Mid Wales Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opens at the Hafren, Newtown on February 24 and tours until April.

Mid Wales Opera profile


The National Opera Studio’s first residency of 2018 takes Russian classics to Scotland

Residencies for their young artists are now a regular feature of the National Opera Studio’s work.  This year’s trips begin in Glasgow with a week-long residency culminating in a semi-staged performance featuring Russian-themed repertoire.  Curated by Music Director Stuart Stratford it will be hosted by Scottish Opera and accompanied by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

The programme will include excerpts from Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel and the rarely heard Kashchey the Immortal.  Tchaikovsky will be represented by The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin and Cherevichki.

The National Opera Studio’s opera anthology National Opera Studio @ Scottish Opera: From Russian with Love in collaboration with Scottish Opera takes place at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on February 25 and visits London in March.

National Opera Studio profile

Other current and recent stories:
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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Birmingham Opera Company
Battistelli: Wake
Birmingham City Centre: 20 Mar

Ellen Kent International
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 20 Mar
Darlington, Hippodrome: 21 Mar
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre: 24 Mar
Ipswich, Regent Theatre: 25 Mar
Northampton, Royal & Derngate: 26 Mar
Hull, New Theatre: 28 Mar
Edinburgh, Playhouse: 30, 31 Mar
Dundee, Caird Hall: 1 Apr
Limerick, University Concert Hall: 4 Apr
Cork, Opera House: 6 Apr
Dublin, National Concert Hall: 7 Apr
Leicester, De Montfort Hall: 12 Apr
Bournemouth, Pavilion: 14 Apr
Dunstable, Grove Theatre: 15 Apr

English Touring Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

Chester, Storyhouse: 20 Mar
Buxton, Opera House: 23 Mar
Guildford, G-Live: 4 Apr
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 12, 13 Apr
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 17, 20, 21 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 25, 28 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 30 Apr
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 3, 4 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 8 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 11 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 14 May
Perth, Concert Hall: 17 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 22, 23, 26 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 29 May
York, Theatre Royal: 1 Jun
Stoke-on-Trent, The Regent Theatre: 4 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 6 Jun
Blackpool, Grand Theatre: 9 Jun

Opera North
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 20, 22 Mar

Swansea City Opera
Rossini: The Barber of Seville
Winchester, Theatre Royal: 20 Mar
Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre: 23 Mar
Mansfield, Palace Theatre: 25 Mar
Maesteg, Town Hall: 29 Mar
Rhos, Stiwt: 7 Apr
Douglas, Gaiety Theatre: 13 Apr

English Touring Opera
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Chester, Storyhouse: 21 Mar
Buxton, Opera House: 24 Mar
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 14 Apr
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 18, 19 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 26, 27 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 1 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 9 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 12 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 25 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 30 May
York, Theatre Royal: 2 Jun
Puccini: Il tabarro
Chester, Storyhouse: 21 Mar
Buxton, Opera House: 24 Mar
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 14 Apr
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 18, 19 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 26, 27 Apr
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre: 1 May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5 May
Bromley, Churchill Theatre: 9 May
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre: 12 May
Durham, Gala Theatre: 15 May
Exeter, Northcott Theatre: 24, 25 May
Leicester, Curve Theatre: 30 May
York, Theatre Royal: 2 Jun

Mid Wales Opera
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin

Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog: 21 Mar
Llanelli, Ffwrnes: 29 Mar
Milford Haven, Torch Theatre: 4 Apr
Hereford, Courtyard Theatre: 10 Apr

Opera North
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal: 21, 23 Mar

University College Opera
Gounod: Polyeucte
London, Theatre Royal Stratford East: 21, 23, 24 Mar

Welsh National Opera
Verdi: La forza del destino
Southampton, The Mayflower: 21 Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 27 Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre: 7 Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 14 Apr

Ellen Kent International
Verdi: La traviata
Sheffield, City Hall: 22 Mar
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre: 23 Mar
Hull, New Theatre: 27 Mar
Edinburgh, Playhouse: 29 Mar
Cork, Opera House: 5 Apr
Dublin, National Concert Hall: 8 Apr
Leicester, De Montfort Hall: 11 Apr
Bournemouth, Pavilion: 13 Apr
Richmond Theatre: 19 Apr

English National Opera
Verdi: La traviata
London, Coliseum: 22, 24, 28, 31 Mar, 3, 5, 8m, 11, 13 Apr

Mahogany Opera Group
Snappy Operas
Bridlington Spa Theatre: 22 Mar
Market Harborough: 22 Mar
Slough, Beechwood High Theatre: 26 Mar
London, St Anne's Limehouse: 27 Mar
Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall: 28 Mar
Medbourne, Nevill Holt: 18 Jun

Royal Northern College of Music
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
Manchester, RNCM, RNCM Theatre: 22, 23, 25m Mar

Royal Opera
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
London, ROH: 22, 24 Mar

Scottish Opera
Strauss,R: Ariadne auf Naxos
Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 22, 24, 28 Mar
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre: 5, 7 Apr

Welsh National Opera
Puccini: Tosca
Southampton, The Mayflower: 22, 24m Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 29, 31m Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre: 4, 6 Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 11, 13 Apr
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 18, 20 Apr

English National Opera
Sullivan,A: Iolanthe
London, Coliseum: 23, 27 Mar, 7m, 7 Apr

Opera Cocktail
Greenwich, Cutty Sark: 23 Mar
Oxford, TBC: 27 Jun

Welsh National Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Southampton, The Mayflower: 23 Mar
Plymouth, Theatre Royal: 28 Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre: 5 Apr
Bristol, Hippodrome: 12 Apr
Llandudno, Venue Cymru: 17, 19 Apr

English Touring Opera
Rossini: Opera anthology

Buxton, Opera House: 25 Mar
Guildford, G-Live: 3 Apr
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre: 24 Apr
Perth, Concert Hall: 18 May
Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Hall: 5 Jun
Ulverston, Coronation Hall: 7 Jun

Royal Opera
Verdi: Macbeth
London, ROH: 25m, 28, 31 Mar, 2, 4, 7, 10 Apr

City Lit Opera School
Tangled Webs
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 27, 28 Mar

Royal Opera
Turnage: Coraline
London, Barbican, Barbican Theatre: 27, 29, 31m, 31 Mar, 4, 5, 7m Apr

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Cardiff, RWCMD, Dora Stoutzker Hall: 27, 28, 29m, 29 Mar

English National Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
London, Coliseum: 29 Mar, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14 Apr

Cork Operatic Society
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Cork, Opera House: 31 Mar

Cambridge Handel Opera Company
Handel: Rodelinda
Cambridge, The Leys, Great Hall: 3, 4, 6, 7 Apr

English Touring Opera
Russell Hepplewhite: Shackleton's Cat
Guildford, G-Live: 4m Apr
Snape, Maltings, Concert Hall: 14m Apr
Cambridge, Scott Polar Institute: 21m, 21m Apr
Chatham, Lordswood Library: 1m May
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 4m May
London, Canada Water theatre: 19m, 19m May
London, The Albany Theatre: 20m, 20m May
York, Explorer and Acomb Library: 2m Jun

La Nuova Musica
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
London, Wigmore Hall: 7m Apr

Royal Opera
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
London, ROH: 12, 17, 20, 24, 27 Apr

Irish National Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Wexford, National Opera House: 13 Apr
Dublin, Gaiety Theatre: 17, 18, 20, 21 Apr

Streetwise Opera
Tell me the Truth about Love
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead, Hall 2: 14m, 14, 15m, 15 Apr

Opera North
Strauss,R: Salome
Leeds, Town Hall: 19, 22, 25 Apr

Mahogany Opera Group
Osborn: The Mother
London, POSK: 25 Apr

English Touring Opera
Pete Letanka: This is my Bed
Norwich, Theatre Royal: 5m May
London, Polka Theatre: 13m, 14m, 15m, 16m, 17m, 20m, 21m, 22m, 23m, 24m Jun

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Colchester, Mercury theatre: 11 May
Harrogate Theatre: 17 Jul
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre: 12 May

Iford Arts
Bernstein: Candide
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 26, 29, 30 May, 1, 2, 5 Jun

Garsington Opera
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 31 May, 2, 8, 14, 17, 22, 30 Jun, 11, 17, 19, 21 Jul
Strauss,R: Capriccio
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 20, 23, 28 Jun

Longborough Festival Opera
Wagner,Richard: Der fliegende Holländer
Longborough, Opera House: 6, 9, 11, 13 Jun

Grange Park Opera
Rodgers: Oklahoma!
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 7, 8, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29 Jun, 7 Jul
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 9, 14, 17, 22, 24, 27, 30 Jun, 5 Jul

English Touring Opera
Letanka: This is My Bed
London, Polka Theatre: 13, 13m, 14, 14m, 15, 15m, 16, 16m, 17, 17m, 20, 20m, 21, 21m, 22, 22m, 23, 23m, 24, 24m Jun

Garsington Opera
Verdi: Falstaff
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 16, 18, 21, 29 Jun, 4, 7, 13, 15, 20, 22 Jul

Grange Park Opera
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
Horsley, West Horsley Place: 23, 26 Jun, 1, 4, 6 Jul

Iford Arts
Handel: Partenope
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 23, 26, 28, 30 Jun, 3, 4 Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Longborough, Opera House: 23, 26, 28, 30 Jun, 1, 3 Jul

Garsington Opera
Sawer: The Skating Rink
Stokenchurch, Wormsley: 5, 8, 10, 14, 16 Jul

Opera della Luna
Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment
Buxton, Opera House: 9, 15m Jul

Longborough Festival Opera
Strauss,R: Ariadne auf Naxos
Longborough, Opera House: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Jul

Bampton Classical Opera
Isouard: Cinderella
Bampton, Deanery Garden: 20, 21 Jul

Iford Arts
Puccini: Madame Butterfly
Bradford on Avon, Iford Manor: 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 Jul, 2, 4 Aug

Longborough Festival Opera
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
Longborough, Opera House: 28, 30, 31 Jul, 2 Aug