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    Opera for a 21st century city and all its many peoples

Breaking The Ice

Birmingham Opera Company are  mounting MIchael Tippett's masterpiece The Ice Break in April 2015, directed by Graham Vick. 

Leading up to our performances we have been out and about breaking the ice across Birmingham. Here's a sample of what we got up to in the last week......

 

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Earlier this week, Richard Willacy and volunteer performer, Eugine Thomas were invited to New Style Radio to chat about our upcoming production of Michael Tippett's 'The Ice Break' and the issues surrounding opera.

Check out these highlights from twitter!

Eugene - @BirminghamOpera gets you out of your comfort zone... Breaks so many barriers within yourself. ! #Breakingtheice
Richard - opera when it's devised by 150 volunteers from Birmingham is a completely different thing... We're going out and #Breakingtheice!

 

 With singers Byron Jackson and Przemyslaw Baranek and facilitators Richard Willacy and Chloe Lund, we've been taking Tippett's tunes all over the city, sharing our work with some great groups and organisations.
We've met up with young people at Bournville College, The Lighthouse in Aston, Fairbridge Centre in Digbeth, The Factory in Northfield and St Basil's in Small Heath and Yardley Wood Library for active sessions in singing, acting and performance.

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With students at Brasshouse Language Centre, and Polish Expats Association at Centrala art gallery, we tried out singing opera as a fun and creative way to learn English and to talk about the issues of being new to a country.

webIB04 ...And we brought in our energetic chorus master, Jon Laird to deliver two exciting open taster sessions at The Drum and The Fusion Centre (South & City College) to experiement with our brand new method of learning opera - no scores allowed! 

With some familiar faces, friends from this week's workshops and brand new participants, we all broke the ice playing games, singing in 16 parts and getting our teeth sunk in to the challenge of taking on Michael Tippett's 'The Ice Break'.

Stay tuned folks - we've got plenty more planned for Breaking the Ice!

INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARD FINALISTS 2015

Our production, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry directed by Graham Vick, is one of only 6 international companies to reach the finals of the  New Production category alongside the New York Met. and English National Opera.

Graham Vick has also been nominated for "Best Director" in International Opera Awards 2015.

KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry saw over 200 volunteers from Birmingham singing, acting and dancing in the show. If you would like to be involved in our next production, The Ice Break, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see below for more infomation.

To see the full list of finalists and get more detail about the International Opera Awards click here.

16-30? LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM? WANT TO SING?

TO FIND OUT MORE JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST REHEARSAL!!

THIS SUNDAY 25 JANUARY @ DIGBETH AUDITORIUM, SOUTH & CITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM, HIGH STREET DERITEND B5 5SU

FREE TRAINING

NO AUDITIONS

PERFORM IN OUR NEXT SHOW "THE ICE BREAK" 

TRAVEL EXPENSES REIMBURSED up to £4.20 (show us your ticket) 

START 2pm (til 6pm)

For more information or to tell us you're coming just get in touch:

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@birminghamopera

Call or Text 07793257537

 See you there!

  

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