Appeal Update: 18th November 2020

The first phase of our Going for Gold appeal is over, and we’ve exceeded our target!

Thanks to 94 donations from individual donors, all matched pound-for-pound by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK), we raised a grand total of €46,702 through the FEDORA platform, exceeding our target of €45,000! Thank you to everybody who donated to the appeal – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, founder of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation said:

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa   Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Logo 

“In this year above all, my primary concern is the well-being of those talented artists now embarking on careers against such insuperable odds. It is not just opportunities to earn enough to live, but the chance to practise and improve the craft in which they have invested so much time and dedication. So, Birmingham Opera Company’s intensive coaching by top mentors and challenging rehearsal process offers a lifeline, which I know will be eagerly grasped by those singers selected. I for one can hardly wait to experience the result next Summer.” 

And some great news:

Birmingham Opera Company wins the FEDORA EDUCATION PRIZE 2020

We are proud to announce that alongside the success of our fundraising appeal, Birmingham Opera Company’s project ‘Going for Gold’ has been chosen as the winner of the FEDORA Education Prize 2020! 

Selected from an impressive shortlist of outstanding and innovative projects in opera and ballet from companies across Europe - including Teatro Sociale di Como (Italy), Fondazione Teatro La Fenice (Italy) and Stara Zagora State Opera (Bulgaria) – Going for Gold wins this year’s award for Education and prize money of €50,000.

Watch a message from Bernard Foccroulle, Chair of the Jury for the FEDORA Education Prize:

A private foundation entrusted the decisions making process for this rare €50,000 award to FEDORA, a public vote and jury from across Europe, bringing the prize to Birmingham, UK.

Together we will make an investment in the future of opera. At its core, Going for Gold will provide development opportunities for 50 emerging artists, mentoring and coaching singers to tackle career-defining roles, many for the first time. We’ll support local volunteers to perform as actors in the heart of the production, and offer free or low-cost tickets for local audiences, in what is the most diverse and youngest city in Europe.

Next Steps 

As part of our next steps towards Wagner's RhineGold and beyond, we’re aiming to raise £100,000 between now and June 2021, building on a generous donation of £10,000 from the George Cadbury Fund.

Benedict Cadbury, Trustee of the George Cadbury Fund, said:  

“Sir Adrian Cadbury was patron of the fledgling City of Birmingham Touring Opera when Simon Halsey was its founding Music Director. 30 years on, as the company strives towards a new future, the Music Director’s baton has been passed to Alpesh Chauhan, and its work is needed more than ever. The economic effect of COVID-19 is to reduce available jobs, which hits hardest young people and the disadvantaged. Artists and musicians who create local work opportunities contribute to entrepreneurship in the West Midlands, and we should therefore recognise their special place in the cultural industry and give them our full support. Like my father, I consider it important to support art forms which contribute to the local economy, something which Birmingham Opera Company does spectacularly well. This is a real example of Art working in the service of Society, which contributes to a better world. This formula is unique in Europe and we count ourselves fortunate to have it firmly based here in Birmingham.”

If you would like more information, please contact Charlotte (Development Coordinator) at: [email protected] or 0121 246 6655.