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www.barefootopera.com

Barefoot Opera aims to change perceptions and the experience of opera from the ground up. Expect opera that is fresh, direct and exhilarating ... fantastic singing with great movement and drama ... At the core of our work is a desire to create a true ensemble of performers – singers, instrumentalists and dancers, who train together to create outstanding, innovative opera.’

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burycourtopera.org

Bury Court Opera began staging opera in 2007 in the intimate environment of The Barn at Bury Court and now presents an annual season in early Spring and occasional productions at other times of the year. Bury Court Opera was granted charitable status in 2013 and is dedicated to the support of young performers, directors and designers at the early stage of their careers. The Barn, with it's beamed interior, is blessed with outstanding acoustics and our aim is to demonstrate that opera produced on this smaller scale has the potential to have a greater impact, providing more immediacy and emotional intensity than a more extravagant production in a larger house.’

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cambridgehandel.org.uk

Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) will put on Baroque operas that celebrate the fusion of music and the stage with performances that are not just “historically informed”, but “historically inspired”. There will be meaningful integrity between what happens in the music and what happens on stage. Baroque stagecraft will be incorporated into our productions in a manner that speaks directly to audiences.’

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www.chelseaoperagroup.org.uk

‘Early in 1950, two young musical enthusiasts, David Cairns (now a leading music critic and biographer of Berlioz) and Stephen Gray (later to become general manager of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), persuaded a twenty-two year old clarinettist called Colin Davis to put on a concert performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Thus the Chelsea Opera Group was born, so called because both its co-founders were then living in Chelsea. Since its foundation COG has led the way in performing concert opera, reviving unjustifiably neglected works and lesser known versions of familiar favourites. Many of the works rediscovered by COG are now in the repertoires of professional opera houses.‘

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www.classicalopera.co.uk

'Founded in 1997 ... It performs with its own period instrument orchestra and has attracted considerable acclaim for the high quality of its performances, its imaginative programming, and its ability to discover and nurture outstanding young singers. Classical Opera  launched a new strand of work under the name of The Mozartists in 2017. While Classical Opera will continue to present performances and recordings of complete operas, our other concert work will be presented by The Mozartists to reflect our expanding repertoire and ambitious plans.'

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www.dorsetopera.com

'In 1976 Dorset Opera was registered as a charity with the object of presenting opera with professional soloists and orchestra, and at the same time giving large numbers of young people the opportunity to take part in the chorus and other production roles. Since then an opera has been performed every summer to much critical acclaim. For many young people this has been their first exposure to fully staged opera and is frequently the beginning of a lifelong passion.' Dorset Opera Festival held Late July.

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www.duchyopera.co.uk

’Since its debut in 1977, Duchy Opera has built up a reputation as one of the finest regional semi-professional opera companies in the UK, committed to staging exciting, inventive opera, as well as concerts in village halls or country houses. Duchy Opera uses Cornwall-based performers, musicians, designers & technicians wherever possible, actively seeking out young, emerging talent and encouraging innovation and creativity.‘

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www.dulwichoperacompany.org.uk

‘Outstanding chamber opera in London and beyond ... Creates engaging, dynamic productions of operas in their original languages, showcasing emerging professional artists, and attracting new audiences to opera. Established in 2014, Dulwich Opera Company presents an annual programme of fully staged productions, as well as smaller scale semi-staged performances, and education projects.’

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www.eno.org

‘ENO is founded on the belief that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone. We tell the world's most timeless stories, unforgettably ... We sing in English. We believe that singing in our own language connects the performers and the audience to the drama onstage, and enhances the experience for all ...’

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englishtouringopera.org.uk

'The leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to around 55 venues and presenting as many as 110 performances per year. Our aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions featuring some of the finest talent in opera.'

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www.fulhamopera.co.uk

Fulham Opera is West London's Premier Independent Opera Company, and aims to deliver high quality, imaginative stagings of large operatic works.’

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www.garsingtonopera.org

'Gives performances of great artistic quality in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Performances take place in the spectacular Opera Pavilion, which sits within the rolling landscape of the Chiltern Hills, less than an hour from London ...'

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www.glyndebourne.com

'Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside. It is home to: The annual Glyndebourne Festival; Glyndebourne Tour; A widely respected education programme; A library of audio-visual recordings of Festival productions, many now available on CD and DVD.'

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grangeparkopera.co.uk

'Has established itself as one of Europe’s leading opera festivals. It has become synonymous not only with artistic excellence, but also the warmth of the relationship shared between loyal audiences, supporters and artists ... Sister charity Pimlico Opera, founded in 1987, has worked for 26 years in prison. Additionally, each week the Primary Robins project gives singing classes to 1,400 children aged 7-11 in schools from the lowest quartile KS2 results..'

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hgo.org.uk

'HGO brings live opera, fully staged, at reasonable prices to the people of north London and offers performance opportunity to young singers. We perform our operas twice a year, May and November.'

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www.heritageopera.co.uk

‘Northwest England’s professional touring opera company ... Heritage Opera is now regularly invited to play at top stately homes, large theatres, festivals and for corporate and private entertainment. One of the reasons for Heritage Opera’s continued success lies in its uncompromising musical standards. Only professional singers are used, and wherever possible, performers with a northern link are given preference. Recent developments include touring to various new venues in Scotland and Southern England ...’

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www.ifordarts.org.uk

Opera at Iford is staged in-the-round and sung in English for an audience of ninety. Performances take place in the miniature Italianate cloister within The Harold Peto Gardens of Iford Manor six miles from Bath ... The Iford Arts – New Generation Artists programme is an exciting and valuable opportunity for young artists to take advantage of the performance opportunities on offer at Iford. Working alongside a dedicated team of professionals, we have tailor-made aspects of the programme to suit the individual needs of the artist. It gives all its artists the opportunity to hone their craft in a secure, yet stimulating environment ... Children from some of the most deprived schools in Wiltshire will come together this summer, to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch, write and take part in an opera ...’

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lfo.org.uk

‘Nestled on a hillside in the tranquil Gloucestershire countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is a highlight of the summer’s country-house opera season, and a hidden gem of the Cotswolds ... Longborough aspires to be well-loved by our audience and supporters and to receive critical acclaim for our productions. Our operatic repertoire is wide and expansive, and our goal is to present operas that will come alive in our 500-seat theatre.'

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www.mahoganyoperagroup.co.uk

'Creates new opera in new ways, in different spaces and places throughout the UK and internationally. Each of our distinct projects aims to stretch the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for. We work with world-class and emerging artists, we create new works and reinvent existing ones - drawing on a range of cultural influences, theatrical methods, art-forms and technologies and involving local communities in the creative process.'

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www.matchboxopera.net

‘Small-scale fully-staged operas, in English ... in and around Tunbridge Wells. We take pride in producing professional standard performances with a cast that consists mainly of amateurs. The company is unique in offering opportunities to good amateur singers, both as chorus members and in principal roles. It is committed to nurturing promising singers, whatever their prior experience. Several of our members have started in the chorus and progressed to solo roles. Others simply enjoy the camaraderie of the chorus. Rehearsals are fun and the environment is supportive ... Why not come and give us a try? You don’t have to be a Callas or Domingo in the making. The only requirements are a good voice, musicality, commitment and enthusiasm. Experience will come. Confidence will grow.’

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www.midwalesopera.co.uk

‘A medium scale fully professional touring opera company, specialising in touring to places that large scale opera cannot reach. Founded in 1988 MWO has established itself as a leading proponent of accessible opera in Wales and England. Mainly sung in English our operas tour to medium scale venues where larger companies do not, and with our talented singers and chamber orchestra our reputation is for innovative and excellent productions.’

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musictheatre.wales

'We want our opera to engage and surprise audiences. We want to stimulate and communicate new ideas, thoughts and feelings, and so we continually re-imagine what opera can do and what it can offer. That way we can keep opera a truly dynamic and contemporary art form. That is what we strive to do.'

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www.nevillholtopera.co.uk

'Attracts sell-out audiences from across the whole of the UK to its annual summer opera festival. NHO has been staging critically acclaimed shows at its stunning Leicestershire home since 2013.'

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www.niopera.com

'Committed to the idea of opera as a uniquely enriching "total" art form and one which should be open to everyone: through a modern but accessible production style, an emphasis on local participation and young people, and inexpensive ticket prices, the company has broadened the audience for opera in a region where there has been historic under-provision for the art form – and where the arts are uniquely placed to foster relations between communities.'

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www.operaalacarte.com

‘Since its inception in 1993 Opera A La Carte has established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and original chamber opera companies ... Building on the success of Opera A La Carte ... Nicholas Heath has formed its sister company, Regents Opera. Whilst Opera A La Carte will continue to focus primarily on small, intimate productions and corporate entertainment, Regents Opera will concentrate on larger-scale productions in a wide variety of venues.’

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www.operabamba.co.uk

'Semi-professional opera company ... With the aim of bringing opera to Paisley and the surrounding area, Opera Bamba is hoping contribute to Paisley's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The company was started to give emerging singers and production crew the chance to work in a professional enviroment and the opportunity to perform full length operas on stage. There are many routes and ways in which Opera Bamba is hoping to develop and grow, particularly in encouraging the involvement of the next generation in opera and the performing arts in general, as well as outreach projects and collaboration with other local arts groups.'

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www.operahollandpark.com

Investec Opera Holland Park London is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and accomplished opera companies in the UK, with an extraordinary history of producing rarities, alongside popular favourites. Whether novice or aficionado, OHP has something to offer – and all taking place in one of the most beautiful covered spaces in the capital.’

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www.operaholloway.co.uk

‘A registered charity originally setup in 2009 in order to give young artists the opportunity to perform in opera at the early stages of their careers, and to present accessible performances to the public. The last few years have seen the company perform in a variety of venues from barns in Sussex to pubs in Wales. Our educational workshops have taken place in village halls and schools giving children a flavour of what it’s like to stand on stage and be part of an opera. We’re proud to have not only a number of four and five star reviews for our performances, but to have received a number of awards for our work off the stage.’

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www.operanorth.co.uk

‘England’s national opera company in the North and one of Europe’s leading arts organisations. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It tours not only throughout the North of England and to London, but also to opera houses on the continent ... and it performs at major international festivals ... Opera North is a vibrant, lively organisation which actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. Breathing new life into the classics, the Company is also a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre. Opera North collaborates with artists and companies working in a variety of media, including film and visual art. Its versatile Chorus and Orchestra also perform independently, constantly revitalising their approaches to music-making.’

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www.operanova.org.uk

‘Based in the Tees Valley in the North East of England ... Performs opera music at a variety of venues throughout the region ... The only amateur organisation in the area to promote and stage opera and aim to provide professional quality entertainment accessible to a wide audience ... Opera Nova provides a forum for operatic soloists and chorus to develop their abilities and new members are always welcome.‘

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www.opra.cymru

Opra Cymru is the world’s only company performing opera in Welsh. The Company was founded in 2008 by Sioned and Patrick Young. Since its launch in June 2009, OPRA Cymru has presented four small-scale touring productions across Wales - promoting opera, promoting the young performing talents of Wales, and most of all, promoting Welsh as the “language of choice” for the performance of opera.’

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popupopera.co.uk

'An innovative touring opera company which aims to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it intimate and engaging. The company aims to reach those who are hesitant about opera, as well as dedicated opera lovers. Productions are fully staged but go beyond traditional theatres to a boat made of scrap metal, a restored Victorian poorhouse, a cylindrical shaft beneath the Thames, a cider barn, a winery and even 100 ft underground in candlelit caverns.'

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www.redearthopera.net

'Opera in Devon, for Devon: Community, not Corporate ... Our aim is to present affordable opera which is complementary to that offered by the large touring companies or the corporate opera pops, and which is approachable and enjoyable for those who are not already keen on opera. We also want to give performers opportunities at all levels.'

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www.scottishopera.org.uk

'Scotland's national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland.'

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www.stalbanschamberopera.org.uk

‘SACO was founded in 1987 ... to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in the area, and to involve young people in performing and attending opera. The company has a good reputation for providing first class music theatre on a small budget and is virtually self-supporting. An annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues.’

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www.streetwiseopera.org

'An award-winning charity that uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community, we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.'

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www.swanseacityopera.com

'In 2004, the company’s high artistic and musical standards came to the attention of The City and County of Swansea who wanted to support a new, flagship touring opera company to help promote Swansea nationwide. Swansea City Opera was born, and the company now receives on going funding from the City and County of Swansea, Arts Council Wales and Arts Council England. Particular emphasis is placed on touring within Wales, especially Objective 1 and Communities First areas, where performances are given at a subsidised cost.'

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www.teatimeopera.com

'Brings the methods of theatre to the world of opera, creating innovative, flexible productions that entertain, challenge and inspire. Teatime productions work in venues of all sizes, from professional theatres to village halls. At the heart of Teatime Opera is the permanent ensemble, whose continuing collaboration brings depth and understanding to the company’s work. The mutual trust that comes from working together over an extended period of time allows the members to take greater creative and emotional risks in their search for dramatic truth.'

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www.tete-a-tete.org.uk

'Founded in 1997 ... the home of new opera. Since its inception, the company has drawn on the skills of 10,000 singers, conductors, instrumentalists, sound engineers, lighting specialists, costume designers, videographers and producers to create over 500 new productions. In the process, we’ve become the "go to" platform for opera talent.'

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thegrangefestival.co.uk

'Not since Thomas Beecham created his own international opera company in 1916, paid for with the proceeds from sales of Beecham’s Powders, has a new UK opera festival of such scale and ambition been born. It has quickly emerged phoenix-like to present world-class performance in the heart of Hampshire ...'

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www.roh.org.uk

‘One of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers ...’

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www.w11opera.org

'Since it was founded in 1971 W11 Opera for Children and Young People has commissioned and produced 34 new operas, more than any other UK company, providing a rich repertoire for its cast of 9 to 18 year old children and young people ... Our long term mission is to create a workable repertoire of through-sung pieces that can be staged by schools and community groups. A W11 commission is as likely to hail from the rock, jazz or musical comedy genres as it is to embrace many-layered contemporary classical writing.'

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www.wno.org.uk

'Transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.'

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www.woodhousesounds.com

'Music at Woodhouse has had great pleasure in bringing you concerts, master classes, academy courses, music drama and, of course, summer opera festivals since 2000. Woodhouse has grown from very just smallish beginnings into a much larger enterprise but always aiming to retain its intimate and friendly character and with an array of talented artists since the early days ... We are delighted that Woodhouse has been able to help so many young artists to advance in their careers as well.'

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