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. Catch three of our most radical productions online, for free. 

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht/Wednesday from Light

WATCH THE SUNDAY 5th JULY STREAM LIVE and Q &A with Reisz Amos with director Graham Vick and insights with Ruth Mackenzie.

As live from 17:00 (BST) on Sunday 5th JulyInteract and ask questions on Vimeo!

There ain't no party like a Stockhausen watch party, so grab your programme here and get ready! 



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. 

And check out Birmingham Opera Company's Facebook & Twitter pages this week. Our volunteers created short films of their responses to Mittwoch, we'll be sharing those as we count down to the epic stream events on 4th and 5th July. 


Michael Tippett’s The Ice Break

Tippett's 75-minute masterpiece, reimagined by Birmingham Opera Company in 2015. If ever there was an opera for our times, this may well be it. This production came on the 30th anniversary of Birmingham's social unrest of 1985, when the summer of that year saw violent social conflict break out on the streets of Handsworth amid simmering high levels of poverty, over 50% Black youth unemployment and deteriorating police community relations. Graham Vick's production brought huge groups of people and audiences together to question their own attitudes to race and society. Available on OperaVision from 30th June 2020, 18:00 (BST) for 30 days:

Drop in again soon for details about a live, hosted event with Artistic Director Graham Vick, Mezzo-Soprano Chrystal E Williams and Artistic Associate Reisz Amos.

Verdi’s Othello

"That opening just kicks ass, doesn't it?" We think so, but see for yourself! Get a taste with the trailer, then catch the full production on BBC iPlayer, available for 30 days from 19th June 2020: 

We'll be hosting a live Q&A on Othello on our Vimeo channel in July - details to follow! 

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

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! Poznań Opera has made the production available online: