What's up What's new Arise, Sir Graham! 30 December 2020 Graham Vick has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours 2021. The citation reads: "Graham Vick is considered by many to be one of the foremost opera directors of modern times. Director of Productions of Scottish Opera 1984-87 and Glyndebourne 1994-2000, he has been Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company since its foundation in 1987 where his pioneering work has brought world premieres of Ravi Shankar, Dove, Battistelli, Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht and radical productions of Votzek, Othello, Khovanskygate to the most unlikely places (a disused factory, an abandoned ice rink, a defunct rock venue), integrating local volunteers into the process of making and building bridges with the city’s socially diverse, multi ethnic population." Congratulations Sir Graham and we take this opportunity to wish you all a new year full of light and life! Watch a special video we made below to mark the end of 2020, featuring clips from our 2002 production of Beethoven's Fidelio.