KHOVANSKYGATE in Guardian Top 10 of 2014
photo by Donald Cooper
Our production, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry, was listed as the best opera in The Guardian's 10 best classical music live events of 2014.
They described it as "an experience that no one who was there will ever forget."
You can read the full article and see the other events that made the list by clicking here.
Max Hoehn Awarded Independent Opera Director Fellowship
Max Hoehn, who translated KHOVANKSYGATE: A National Enquiry and was Assistant Director for the production, has been awarded the 2014 Independent Opera Director Fellowship.
The award includes production costs and a director's stipend, allowing Max to stage Biedermann und die Brandstifter at Sadler's Wells in 2015.
You can read more about the prize and Max's work here: http://www.planethugill.com/2014/12/max-hoehn-awarded-2015-independent.html
Where are they now? 1. Luntu
We're creating a new series of interviews, titled "Where are they now?", catching up with some of our former volunteers to find out how their lives have changed since getting involved with the company.
Check out the first in the new series with actor/film maker, Luntu Masiza.
BREAKING THE ICE: Graham Vick - Visiting Chair in Opera Studies at Oxford University
Our Artistic Director, Graham Vick, is Visiting Chair in Opera Studies at Oxford University for 2014-15, hosted by New College.
He is giving a lecture on Friday 14th November on "Opera and the socially responsible artist" and will lead an Opera Masterclass on Saturday 15th November. These events are open to the public and you can find out more and book tickets here: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk
Students from Oxford will come to Birmingham to see The Ice Break in April next year and to take part in our programme of "Breaking the Ice" events.
Next up…..The Ice Break by Michael Tippett
We want to hear from you........
"Who knows, maybe Graham Vick’s sensational Birmingham Opera Company will make me love one of the later operas, too, when it tackles The Ice Break next spring." David Nice on The Arts Desk 27 April 2014
From Autumn 2014 we will be begin working with partners across the 10 districts of Birmingham to create a ground-breaking programme of events in Spring 2015 in partnership with the people of Birmingham called "Breaking The Ice"- we'll offer one off tasters, suprise performances, no auditions and free training for volunteers to perform in our large scale production of The Ice Break alongside a diverse cast of international soloists and emerging artists and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Birmingham, with the youngest demographic in Europe attempting to find its own way and diverse cultures sharing the same space we'll all have to break the ice. We'll unpack the story and music of The Ice Break to reveal a gripping and emotional story of inter-racial, intergenerational, political, and personal identity. Opera for our times. Written and sung in English. And you can be involved.....