What's up Our Work Past Productions How it all began: Falstaff 1987 In the Autumn of 1987 director Graham Vick and conductor Simon Halsey staged a production of Verdi's Falstaff in Cocks Moors Wood Leisure Centre, Birmingham. With a reduced orchestra (arranged by Jonathan Dove), it was the beginning of the world's most radical and exciting opera company. Kate Flowers, Angela Hickey, Margaret McDonald and Patrick Wheatley in rehearsals for Falstaff. Patrick Wheatley padding up for his role as Sir John Falstaff with a (very young) Graham Vick watching. View related posts As we launch into our 50th production we need your help. Make your story heard and support Birmingham Opera Company's most ambitious production to date. We need to raise £10,000 to put us over the top. Any amount helps to create world-class opera in Birmingham that inspires thousands in our city and beyond. Help make it happen.