"Get opera out of its ghetto"

 

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Graham Vick has recently been published in The Stage, on the future of opera. He writes:

"In Birmingham, we have been experimenting for nearly 30 years with alternative ways of sharing great opera. During the past 16 years, we have involved tens of thousands of people as participants and audience, bringing a diversity and level of social inclusion seen in no other opera company (and I’ve worked in 67 of them) to challenging masterpieces by Mussorgsky, Berg and Stockhausen."
Read the full article here

This follows Graham Vick's keynote speech at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in May.
 

 

Graham Vick's keynote speech at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards was also published in The Guardian (11 May  on Page 3).  The full transcript is also available online here.

 What we're made of...

We teamed up with Birmingham based, Blue Monday, to create a striking new video featuring six of the 150 volunteer actors, singers and dancers who took part in our dramatic production of Dido 'n' Aeneas.

The shoot picks up on the themes of personal identity and DNA, which are explored in the production. It reflects the journey our volunteers are taking to discover something new about themselves and unleash their potential.

Click here to watch it now.

 

DESIGNS RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

Designs from Birmingham Opera Company's award winning productions, Mittwoch Aus Licht (designed by Paul Brown) and KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry (designed by Samal Blak), have been selected to represent the UK at the Prague Quadrennial. The exhibition they are part of, Make Believe, runs at the V&A museum in London from July for 6 months. 

To read more about this visit the Birmingham Post story.

GRAHAM VICK: MASTERCLASSES

Artistic Director, Graham Vick, has been leading masterclasses over the last month, working with the next generation of opera talent.

First in the CBSO centre, in the heart of Birmingham, working with up and coming opera singers Abigail Kelly, Andrew Clarke, Jordene Thomas, Sarah Ashton and Themba Mvula, accompanied by pianist, Edward Batting. 

Graham was also  at Oxford University as Visiting Chair of Opera Studies to host an opera masterclass at New College Antechapel.

THE ICE BREAK-LIVE STREAM WORLDWIDE

We are still gathering information on viewers but here's a list of what we have so far- we had visitors from

UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, Netherlands Japan, Poland Belgium, Taiwan, Austarlia, Ireland, Austrai, Bosnia&Herzegovina,Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Slovakia,Spain, Malaysia, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic,Indonesia, Israel,Romania, New Zealand.

Congratulations to all on making the streaming such a success and bringing the work to homebound, national and international audiences.

BREAKING THE ICE: A NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Thursday 9 April, 3pm - 6.30pm at The B12 Warehouse

WHAT CAN ART DO?

WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DOES THE ARTIST HAVE TO SOCIETY?

CAN OPERA WORK?

Join international opera director Graham Vick, award-winning documentary filmmaker Mischa Scorer, rising-star conductor Andrew Gourlay and other special guests in a panel chaired by acclaimed playwright David Edgar, to discuss opera, art and social responsibility.

Curated by Oliver Soden.

 

‘Breaking the Ice: A National Symposium on opera, art and social responsibility’ is part of a series of events accompanying Birmingham Opera Company’s new production of ‘The Ice Break’ 

 

To book a conference place CLICK HERE

 

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. You can also book by telephone by calling 0121 246 6632 between 1pm and 3pm Monday - Friday.

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