Dear friends and supporters of The Opera Story.

You may have heard about the recent sentencing for criminal behaviour of Alex Woolf, who has composed works for The Opera Story in the past and who was involved in a couple of upcoming productions. Our thoughts and sympathy go to his victims, as well as to others who may have been caused distress.

We only learnt about these events on 18th August when the news became public knowledge, and we have all been shocked and disappointed. We are committed to high ethical standards in our activities, and firmly condemn such behaviour, which has no place in our company. We will therefore no longer be performing his compositions.

We are currently reviewing any resulting adjustments to our future schedule and will post further information as appropriate.

We greatly regret what has occurred. We hope that you endorse our actions, and that we can rely on your future support.

About Us

We commission new and exciting opera from up-and-coming composers, that we create with a new generation of talent in site-specific productions in unusual venues.

Since our debut with Snow in 2017 we have also  combined the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and retold the story of Robin Hood.


We kept creating after the pandemic put live performances on hold, and the resulting Episodes won an RPS Inspiration Award that celebrates work created during lockdown. 

2021/22 will be our fifth season, and the most exciting yet, with our return to live performance, a new song cycle and an operatic illustrated audiobook: stay tuned!



Our Team

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Artistic Director Hamish comes from the performance side of opera. His main goal in co-founding The Opera Story 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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Henrietta is deputy editor of Opera magazine and is a writer, editor, producer and late-onset mezzo-soprano. She has published articles in The SpectatorThe Guardian and The Telegraph, in theatre and opera programmes, and has devised narrated song recitals that have been performed at festivals throughout the UK.

Henrietta Bredin


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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. He recently completed a PhD in Musicology and periodically writes about the economics of opera.

Antony Feeny


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Leigh, “the emergent specialist of 20th-century opera” (Financial Times), has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works and dramatic 20th century repertoire.

Leigh Melrose


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Many thanks to…

Arts Council England


Trusts & Foundations

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Thomas J.C. und Angelika Matzen Stiftung

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Individual Donors

  • Ivan Katzen
  • Robin Farr
  • Antony Feeny
  • Thomas Ledergerber
  • Catherine Hubbard
  • Mandy Demetriou
  • Adam and Helen Gac
  • Vladimir Vlaicu
  • 2 anonymous donors