Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry 2014

Who can save us from ourselves? Read more

World Premiere: Mittwoch aus Licht // Wednesday from Light

"Whenever we hear sounds we are no longer the same, and this is even more the case when we hear organized sound - music. New means change the method - new methods change the experience - new experiences change man." -Karlheinz Stockhausen Read more

The UK's first black Othello

Birmingham Opera Company's 2009 'Othello' featured Ronald Samm, the first black tenor to sing the title role in the UK. Read more

Found spaces - IDOMENEO 2008

In the past 10 years alone, Birmingham Opera Company has performed in over 200 spaces: in youth centres, homeless shelters, disused factories and now the iconic Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston. Read more

SHE LOST HER WAY - La Traviata 2007

In 2007 we collaborated with The Arena di Verona to stage a production of a scale rarely seen in the UK: La Traviata in the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in front of 10,000 people. Read more

HE HAD IT COMING - Don Giovanni 2006

Actions will be weighed and counted... When the time comes, pay the price. And he did... Read more

Stoned sheep and nipple tassles: Candide 2003

"The show was the most exquisite, challenging and enjoyable experience I have ever had." Read more

A light of hope in the darkness: Fidelio 2002

"What our work is trying to do is not only involve and excite audiences, it's trying to take forward and experiment and push the boundaries of the art form itself - of how we might perform it, explore it, be excited by it." - Graham Vick Read more

A major experiment - Votzek 2001

"The future health of opera depends on it embracing the whole of contemporary society and that means being a part of it and being prepared to change as rapidly as society itself." - Graham Vick, 2003 Read more

Too sexy! Les Boreades 1993

"Only madmen or geniuses would dream of putting on an unknown 18th-century opera in a burnt-out ballroom in the middle of the Birmingham Bullring. Which brings us to the City of Birmingham Touring Opera..." Read more

A small Ring with great magic: Ring Saga 1990/91

Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove's version captures the mighty essence of Wagner's masterpiece in 10 hours of music that can be performed across two evenings with just 12 singers and 18 orchestral players. The pocket-sized miracle opened at Stockland Green Leisure Centre, Birmingham on 12 November 1990 and toured halls and sports centres up and down the country. Read more

Ravi Shankar's first opera: Ghanashyam 1989

"The suspicion that this was to be no ordinary night out in Erdington was confirmed by the sight of former Beatle and Shankar student George Harrison sitting a few rows behind me in conversation with Birmingham rock guitarist Jeff Lynne." - Terry Grimley, Opera Now 10 Years of CBTO Read more