About us

We believe that opera is a living art form that remains relevant to today’s world, and are committed to maintaining its vitality by contributing to the renewal and expansion of the repertory, and to reaching out to new audiences through accessible and site-specific productions in intimate and unusual venues.

We focus on the commission, production and performance of new opera, working with young professional artists at the beginning of their careers, as a way to create awareness of emerging talent in the field of opera and to provide them with a platform for their talent.

This focus on new contemporary work by a new generation of artists is our distinctive feature, and our objective is to build a portfolio of new productions that enables us to produce longer seasons in the future and turns our company into an incubator of talent and a reference for the creation of new opera.

Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs

What do Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs have in common? More than you think! Our second production takes a look at the common themes running through these two tales, intertwining the stories in a way that will challenge what you thought about these characters, their motivations and back stories… Visit our blog for updates on how this new opera takes shape!
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Our Team

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Artistic Director Hamish comes from the performance side of opera. His main goal in co-founding TheOperaStory is to contribute to ensuring the future of opera, by commissioning new works to be written and performed.

Hamish Mackay

Artistic Director

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Executive Director and co-founder Manuel has a professional career in the financial services industry, and is now applying his expertise to the administration of the company and to securing resources for its stable funding.

Manuel Fajardo

Executive Director

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Vahan’s work includes commissions for the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Stage 84, the BBC, as well as a new score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Milton Court Theatre.

Most recently, he completed a commission for the Worshipful Company of Skinner’s 700th Anniversary, staged in collaboration with the celebrated director Annabel Arden and workshOPERA. His “truly genre-breaking”, British New Music Theatre Award-nominated work, Boys of Paradise, received its third revival at EGG London last October in collaboration with Tete a Tete, after winning an Arts Council England grant award. This year has seen commissions for works from Settle Orchestra, for their 70th Anniversary concert and a pop-up opera for the Tête à Tête opera festival.

VahanSalorian

Composer

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Playwright and librettist currently based in Edinburgh. He completed his MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews in 2016. His most recent work includes the libretto for Boys of Paradise which was produced by WorkshOPERA in association with Tête à Tête.

Dominic Kimberlin

Librettist

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Pedro holds degrees in Stage Direction and Acting from the School of Music and Performing Arts of the University of Porto (ESMAE) with honours. He has also completed the Harp Course at Porto Music Conservatory with honours and the Opera Stage Directing Course of the CalousteGulbenkian Foundation.

He joined the Royal Opera House young artists programme and made his Royal Opera House directing début with Berlioz’s Les Nuitsd’été, followed by Mozart & Salieri in the Linbury Theatre. After finishing his contract with the ROH he was invited to come back to direct Montsalvagte’s El Gato con Botas in the Linbury Theatre.

Future engagements include: a new opera Lab “Orpheo” for CalousteGulbenkian Foundation & ENOA, the residency “Landscape of new music theatre and opera” for LOD muziektheater (Ghent) and La Monnaie (Brussels), Belgium; the new Thomas Guthrie production of “Die Zauberflöte” for the Longborough Festival Opera, Movement & Acting coach for the North Sea Vocal Academy in Denmark, working on the revivals of “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto” at the ROH, Covent Garden and “A Caminho” a new musical in Lisbon.

Pedro Ribeiro

Director and Designer

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Paulis a graduate of theJette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House (ROH), where he was contracted from 2012-14.At ROH, he conducted Mozart and Salieri(Rimsky-Korsakov) and El gato con botas(Montsalvatge) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Paul read Music at Oxford University, and trained as a conductor and repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Conducting engagements include work with The Royal Opera House, The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Mahogany Opera Group, Birmingham Opera Company, Iford Arts, Opera Holland Park and Clonter Opera. He has also worked as a repetiteur for English National Opera.

Paul considers coaching and education to be an important part of his output and works as Head of Vocal & Operatic Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also a frequent guest speaker at pre-performance talks for ROH.

Paul Wingfield

Conductor

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Pierre is a Trustee of The Opera Story, and is the founder and owner of Re-Up , a Marketing & Advertising Company.

Pierre Humeau

Trustee

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Antony is a Trustee of The Opera Story. An economist and consultant, his career has been in management consulting in the UK and Asia and he is currently doing a PhD in Musicology.

Antony Feeny

Trustee

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Elizabeth is a Trustee of The Opera Story, and is the founder of a crowdinvestment platform for African companies, LelapaFund.

Elizabeth Howard

Trustee

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Copeland Gallery 133 Copeland Rd London SE15 3SN

We’re very excited to return to Peckham for our next production, this time at the Copeland Gallery (in the Copeland Park &Bussey Building), a blank canvas that will allow our creative team a lot of freedom for a new site-specific and immersive production!

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Opera is costly to produce and depends on the love and generosity of the many people that feel passionate about it and want to share it with others and keep it as an important part of our lives. We are very thankful for our current and future supporters, and will keep you informed about opportunities to get involved and support our next production!

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