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.



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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.....


If you think you might like to invite us into your community, your mosque, your church, your pub, your street or even your house then get in touch by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




 Congratulations to all involved in KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry....

We've had massive positive feedback from the UK, Europe, Russia, New York and Los Angeles.  It's great for our performing company, for Birmingham and for opera!!


Really exciting to be featured on Russia's Channel 1 News: CLICK TO VIEW  !!


More news soon on our next project Tippett's The Ice Break



The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park

7pm (doors open 6.15)

We are now fully booked for KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry.

You can request to be added to a waiting list for returns by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or calling 0121 246 6632 and we will get back to you before 4pm on performance dates should tickets become available.

We cannot guarantee entry to anyone who arrives without making a booking.

Please find information on our venue and production below, or if you need any more assistance you can call the box office information line on 0121 246 6632 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (4pm on performance dates).

We like to keep 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, you can donate via  Virgin Web Donate  or visit our Support  page for more information.


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You can also donate by text. Type our code "BOCO25" followed by the amount you'd like to give eg"BOCO25 £10" and send the text to 70070



The performance starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6.15pm. Drinks will be available at the bar and there will be some pre-show entertainment.

Approximate duration of the performance is 3 hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry is a promenade style performance, in which the audience are on their feet for the duration and move around the space with the action.

The production is held in a large big top tent in Cannon Hill Park. We advise that the guests should be prepared with warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Seat numbers are for booking purposes only - as a promenade style performance, there are no fixed seating arrangements.
We have a very limited number of spaces available for wheelchair users and seats for those with limited mobility. Should you require to book one of these spaces, please call the box office information line on 0121 246 6632, open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 11:00am

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About the show  


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 KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry 

by Modest Musorgsky, 
a new English version by Max Hoehn, 
directed by Graham Vick,
with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford 

Birmingham Opera Company Chorus, Actors and Dancers 

22, 24, 28, 30 April and 2 May 2014 at 7.00pm 

The Freedom Tent, Cannon Hill, The People's Park. 

KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence. Musorgsky paints a devastating portrait of a nation on the brink of collapse; torn apart by state corruption, religious fanaticism, social inequality and ethnic cleansing.

An Official UK - Russia Year of Culture 2014 Event, the powerful political drama about rebellion and revolution will be performed in Birmingham. Director Graham Vick was one of the first international directors to be invited behind the Iron Curtain, by Valery Gergiev to direct Prokofiev’sWar and Peace at the Kirov in 1991. Over 30 years later his current new production of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov can be seen this year at the Mariinsky Theatre. Vick now directs Musorgsky’s final opera for the first time and in the UK.


Where to stay

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

Copthorne Hotel      

Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B3 3HJ


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To book please call 0121 200 2727 and quote "Birmingham Opera", or email :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Copthorne Hotel, Paradise CircusBirminghamB3 3HJ
T: +44 (0) 12 1200 2727
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