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    Born of a passion that opera can speak directly

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    Bringing local people into the life and work of the company

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    Opera for a 21st century city and all its many peoples

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    World class professional productions in unusual spaces

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    Opera for a 21st century city and all its many peoples

THE POWER OF THREE

On our trail to LAZARUS, a landmark international new opera commission with composer Giorgio Battistelli and writer Sarah Woods, we have commissioned 3 new works by composers who have made Birmingham their creative home. Each work by the 3 composers is written for 3 performers. Drawing on Birmingham Opera Company’s reputation as a creative powerhouse and mentored by Birmingham Opera Company and BCMG,  Susannah Self, Chloe Knibb and Yfat Soul Zisso take an account of Martin Luther King’s Peace March, snippets of found conversations on a journey through the city and one person’s struggle to achieve a perfect interaction with a stranger- each a unique take on having a second chance.  The world premieres will take place at Weekender Festival 23 and 24 September 2017.

 

NEW STREET STATION SMARTMOB!

Thanks to everyone who came down to New Street Station and to all those involved in Drums of War and The Soul Searchers for making it such a success. 

You can watch some short films of the event made by CANVAS ARTS here

 

Flashmob Poster

 

GIORGIO COMES TO BRUM.....A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME!!

DRUMS OF WAR  (Orazi e Curiazi) 

Music by Giorgio Battistelli

Two drummer warriors battle to the death. With each brutal blow, primal hiss and howl, the Fallen spring to life.

 

THE SOUL SEARCHERS  (Coro di Morti)
Music by Giorgio Battistelli
100 voices unite in Giorgio Battistelli’s triumphant and beautiful choral work. 100 souls in pursuit of a happiness they never reached in life. 

  

From La Scala, Milan to Birmingham Opera Company!

Gieorgio Battistelli

This is Giorgio Battistelli. He is Italy’s leading experimental composer. 

His opera, Co2, on the future of our planet, premiered in 2015 at La Scala Milan, where so many great masterpieces were born.

Giorgio Battistelli, director Graham Vick and writer Sarah Woods are now part way through an 18 month creative odyssey to create a new opera for Birmingham - the world's 21st Century home to innovation in the art form. World Premiere March 2018 in Birmingham.

We have been exploring ideas with Birmingham volunteers and the new work, based on the myth of LAZARUS.

Are you afraid to die?! Click here for some thoughts from those taking part in the project

 

AWARD NOMINATION!!

 

Birmingham Opera Company was shortlisted for the third time in three years for an Opera Oscar- The Royal Philharmonic Society  "Audiences and Engagement" Award. We have previously won the award twice . Congratulations to everyone involved! 

 

 

  

Thank You!

 

The crowdfunder is complete. Thanks to your generosity the campaign raised over £13,000.

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING YOUR PART IN THE FUTURE OF OPERA!!

For more ways to support us, please click here .

 

 

OFF TO MAHAGONNY!!

Birmingham Opera Company's participation model for 21st Century opera is in demand around the world. See Graham Vick and Ron Howell here working with a group of migrants on Kurt Weill's Mahagonny in Copenhagen.

Graham and Ron Copenhagen Refugees 

 

 

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