Comrades! Mission accomplished! Freedom is here! We are hopeful for the future and grateful for our success!

Birmingham Opera Company welcomed comrades to The Party HQ in March 2023 for a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Hans Eisler’s The Decision. You can still catch up with excerpts on OperaVision, or check out the trailer and production shots below. 

Four agitators are dispatched from Soviet Russia to foster revolution in pre-communist China. En route they meet a young sympathiser who offers to be their guide, but when they return to Moscow, they confess to his killing. When is it right to kill? 

Brimming with highly charged drama, music and moral dilemma, this rarely performed, provocative work proved an exciting challenge for our volunteers, artists, and audiences alike. 

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ The Observer

"Impressive...immersive...delivered with conviction" - The Stage 

"an encounter with a genuinely evil work of art" - The Spectator

"one hell of a party!"- Audience member

Content Advisory

This production contains scenes of a violent nature and use of strobe lighting.

Watch The Decision on OperaVision

Watch the trailer

Production Images 

Paksie Vernon, The Decision, BOC, photo by Adam Fradgley 

Wendy Dawn Thompson, Mezzo Soprano, The Decision, BOC, photo by Adam Fradgley 


Text and Lyrics
Bertolt Brecht
Hanns Eisler
John Willett
Anthony Almeida
Alpesh Chauhan OBE
Claudia Fragoso
Chorus Directors
Mariana Rosas and Themba Mvula 
The Agitators
Aimee Berwick
Paksie Vernon
Therese Collins
Wendy Dawn Thompson
The Party
Birmingham Opera Company Chorus & Actors
Birmingham Opera Company Orchestra 
Visiting Delegates (aka. The Public as themselves)

By arrangement with Universal Edition as agent for Hanns Eisler and Alan Brodie Representation as agent for The Estate of Bertolt Brecht.