Thank you for all your support in making great opera happen in the first place; either through a direct donation, or through the public funding, or the wealth of human experience carried in the work to which you all contribute. 

Why this work online? Why now?

We know that times are very uncertain for many of our audience, artists and volunteers at the moment.

Together we have made some great opera over the years with support from public funds, trusts and foundations and individuals enabling much of our work to remain free or at a very low cost to new audiences and participants. 

“These troubled times have exposed once again how far our society is from being equal or fair. We need to do better. Birmingham Opera Company has spent the last 20 years experimenting, researching and exploring ways of presenting opera that will engage and embrace each and every element of our socially diverse city. Tens of thousands of Birmingham citizens have helped shape and create the projects we are able to stream. These epic live events were steps along a way that is always a struggle. But when our Birmingham peoples together recoil in horror at Verdi’s Othello, are swept up in the violence of The Ice Break and transported by Stockhausen’s Wednesday, there is light at the end of the tunnel.” 

- Graham Vick, Artistic Director

You've just missed both our Verdi Othello on I-player and Michael Tippett's  The Ice Break on Operavision.eu but make sure you sign up below to keep in touch with the latest. In the meantime....

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht/Wednesday from Light

Thanks to everyone who joined the Stockhausen Mittwoch Aus Licht watch parties online on 4th and 5th July! There ain't no party like a Stockhausen watch party. It was an amazing weekend with hundreds of you joining in to relive the memories of the original production or to experience it for the first time. 

Stockhausen created seven operas in the Light cycle, one for each day of the week. We staged Wednesday. If you think that sounds like the easy option - think again! Wednesday from Light was previously thought to be unstageable, with its flying instrumentalists and string quartet in helicopters. Not to mention the camels. The opera doesn't have a traditional plot, but four scenes plus a Greeting and a Farewell. It finally reached its world premiere in Birmingham in 2012 after two decades of failed attempts by opera houses across the world. It was selected as one of the New Yorker's Events of the Decade. 

If you missed the unmissable, here are some fragments of the stream. Pick up your free Mittwoch programme.  


Stanisław Moniuszko's The Untouchable

And finally - one more online treat. 2019 marked 200 years since the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, revered as the father of Polish national opera. Poznań Opera, in collaboration with Birmingham Opera Company, presented Moniuszko's final opera The Untouchable (or Paria in Polish) in a new production by Graham Vick.  

The Untouchable tells the story of Brahmin princess Neala and warrior Idamor. Having led a series of victorious campaigns against rival territories, Idamor wins Neala's hand. But when his true caste comes to light, what does this "untouchable" stand to lose? 

Didn't make it over to Poznań to find out? No worries! Head over to Poznań Opera to watch it online.