What's on Popping-up everywhere Popping-up everywhere Live Opera in Birmingham Birmingham Opera Company is back, live and in person! After seven long months in the online realm, we teamed up with friends around Birmingham to bring you a weekend of pop-up performances across the weekend of 17th and 18th October 2020. Want to know what happens to the drunk man who gets caught in a blizzard? How the bride feels about her wedding night? Whether artists prefer brunettes or blondes? And seriously, what’s with this bromance? We found out about all this and more thanks to singers Byron Jackson, Abigail Kelly, Amar Muchhala and Jordene Thomas, director Max Hoehn, piano and music direction from Charlotte Forrest. Here's a little snippet from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! The film shows Amar Muchhala, who will be joining us next year in RhineGold, singing a special version as Pandarotti of a hidden harmony aria from the opera Tosca by Puccini. We hope you enjoy it! (Header image taken prior to Covid.) But don't forget there's always something available online too! Meanwhile in Macerata..... Remember the amazing Birmingham Opera collaboration with Macerata Opera in 2019? Well, Graham Vick is back as President of the Jury of the Under 35s Director's Competition. After viewing 67 projects from around the world, the jury has chosen three candidates for the prize to produce ′′The Barber of Seville′′. The three finalists for the Creative Call for Under 35s have been selected: in 2021 one of these teams will take ′′The Barber of Seville′′ to the Sferisterio stage! Andrea Bernard (director), Alberto Beltrame (scenographer), Elena Beccaro (costume designer) Adriana Laespada (director), Fabiano Pietrosanti (director), Nicole Figini (scenographer / costume designer) Daniele Menghini (director), Davide Signorini (scenographer), Nika Campisi (costume designer) On October 19th everyone will be in Macerata for an interview and meeting with singers. The jury, presided by Graham Vick, is formed by Cristian Della Chiara, Paolo Fantin Stage Designer, Luciano Messi, Barbara Minghetti and Eleonora Pacetti. To find out more, visit the Macerata Opera Festival 2021 website.