Book Tickets for THE ICE BREAK


Booking for THE ICE BREAK is open!

3,4,7,8, 9 April

8pm, The B12 Warehouse

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 April - SOLD OUT!


The site is accessed from Moseley Street B5 6LG, approx 20 minute walk from New Street Station. To see map click here. 


To book online CLICK HERE

For telephone bookings or further information please call 0121 246 6632 Monday – Friday, 1pm – 3pm.



on opera, art and social responsibility

Thur 9 April 3pm-6.30pm, The B12 Warehouse

To book, please CLICK HERE



Performances will start at 8pm and we recommend that you arrive 15-30minutes before this.

Venue: The B12 Warehouse - full directions will be sent to you with your tickets. 

Prices: tickets are £17.50 or £10.00 for concessions.

The performance is approximately 90 minutes long.

Concessions are given for the unwaged, disabled, full time students, under 18s and over 65s. 

The Ice Break is a promenade style performance, in which the audience moves around the space with the action. Performances take place in the B12 Warehouse. We advise that our audience should be prepared with warm clothes and suitable footwear as it may be cold.

Seat numbers are for booking purposes only - there are no fixed seating arrangements. You will be on your feet throughout, following the action.

We have a limited number of spaces available for wheelchair users and seats for those with limited mobility. Should you require one of these, please call the box office on 0121 246 6632, open Monday - Friday, 1pm – 3pm. We apologise but these spaces cannot be booked online. 

The performance contains adult themes and content and is recommended 16+

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An opera in three acts by Michael Tippett,

Directed by Graham Vick,

with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Gourlay

and the Birmingham Opera Company Chorus 

Michael Tippett’s visionary masterpiece will find its home in Birmingham in April. A gripping and emotional story of inter-racial, intergenerational, political, and personal identity, it is an opera for our times.



We keep our ticket prices as low as possible, making our productions accessible to all. To do this we rely on the kind donations of our supporters. If you'd like to support us, visit our Support page, or you might like to support our Crowdfunder, click here to see our campaign.



Need somewhere to stay in Birmingham? We have teamed up with the Copthorne Hotel to offer audiences for THE ICE BREAK an exclusive discount!

Copthorne Hotel      

Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B3 3HJ



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Michael Tippett's The Ice Break and "Breaking the Ice"

Performances will take place 3,4,7,8,9 April 2015

Venue and booking information will be announced w/c 23 February 2015

Crowd Funder - #BreakingTheIce

This year we are #BreakingTheIce 

We've just launched our 'Breaking The Ice' crowd funding campaign on

Since January we've been training a group of emerging artists and hundreds of volunteers for our biggest production yet, Michael Tippett’s “The Ice Break”. An opera tackling race, riots and rebellion in the modern world We've been working with charities and community organisations to bring free events and opportunities to the city’s diverse people.  

We need your support to show again that great opera is for everyone!

We want to continue to give more people THEIR first taste of opera the Birmingham Opera Company way.

Every pound you pledge helps us do more work across the 10 districts of Birmingham

We've launched a campaign with the aim of raising £3,000 by the end of March.  In return for your support we have some exclusive rewards


Whatever you can afford, people, pledgers, please help us break the ice! 


Just Announced: THE ICE BREAK Performance Dates!

The performance dates for The Ice Break are:

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April


More information and details of how to book will be available after 23rd February.


16-25? Start Arts Awards with us!

Happy 10th Birthday to Arts Awards 
1st October 2015

Are you 16-25? Are you interested in music, theatre, film or any other arts activities?
You can get an Arts Award qualification with us here at Birmingham Opera Company - a great way to learn new skills, boost confidence and kickstart your future in the arts!


We'll be running regular sessions where you can meet other young arts enthusiasts and work towards gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
If you'd like to get involved, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 0121 246 6644 and give us your name and contact details!

The Waiter's Revenge

Music and Words by Stephen Oliver.

We had a fantastic turn-out for The Waiter's Revenge as part of the Birmingham Weekender , on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015.

Check out the twitter feed to the right of this page for some pics and audience feedback from the 5 performances in different venues across the city-centre.


Sir Adrian Cadbury

We are sad to hear of the death of Sir Adrian Cadbury, aged 86.  Sir Adrian was a great advocate and supporter of City of Birmingham Touring Opera and Birmingham Opera Company as Patron for two decades from 1994 until 2014 and continued to take an active interest in the company until his recent passing.  Here is a link to the Guardian's Sir Adrian Cadbury Obituary which gives you a flavour of the man.



International Opera Award Winners 2015 

Birmingham Opera Company's production, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry directed by Graham Vick, has been named Best New Production at the International Opera Awards 2015. Chosen from over a thousand nominations and a shortlist of other international companies including the New York Met., Zurich Opera, Dutch National Opera, Festival d'Aix and English National Opera.

Graham Vick collected the award and paid tribute to the diverse company and audiences which make the work in Birmingham a unique model for the future of opera.

To see the full list of winners and get more detail about the International Opera Awards click here.  

The Ice Break - Catch up here!

Did you miss out on our latest show, Michael Tippett's 'The Ice Break'Catch up with BBC Arts online for highlights, interviews and images from the show!    




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