We make great opera. We succeed at the highest artistic level and win the industry's most prestigious awards-  the International Opera Award for Best Production, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Opera and Music Theatre, the South Bank Show Award for opera and at the same time and with the same productions, multiple audience engagement and development awards.

How do we do it? 

We reflect the city we work in – with our audiences, artists and stories that we tell. Our ground-breaking work constantly attracts new and ever-changing audiences. Every year our small team draws some of the world’s most exciting artists to Birmingham and trains hundreds of volunteer participants to create a large-scale performance in an extraordinary space.

"I believe we can take inspiration from the fantastic programme run by the Birmingham Opera Company, which combines professional singers and musicians with community performers, and in doing so engages a far more diverse audience with an art form that might otherwise be thought of as inaccessible." 

- Jeremy Corbyn, The State of the Arts 

We perform in warehouses, shopping centres, train stations - once we even performed in a burnt out ice rink. The audience moves with the action - the experience of opera is so direct, you’re inevitably a part of it.

"BOC continues to be one of the glories of English cultural life, and I would rather miss any other company’s productions than its."

- Michael Tanner, The Spectator

"The international, multicultural, multi-everything cast was expertly chosen."

- Fiona Maddocks, The Observer