About us

We believe that opera is an an immensely rich 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.

To do this, we commission new and exciting work from up-and-coming composers, that we produce and perform with a new generation of opera talent in site-specific productions in intimate and unusual venues around Peckham.

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Our first production, Snow, presented the work of three composers using the three floors of The Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory. For the second one, we took over the Copeland Gallery to present a new production that combined the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and showed them under new light.

For our third year, we return to the Bussey Building with an immersive production that retells the story of Robin Hood.

We invite you to follow us on this journey, and re-discover these stories that thought you knew well, re-told through the language of opera!

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Our Team

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Dani is quickly gaining international recognition with regular performances across Europe, the US and Asia. This year she received her Royal Albert Hall Debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic performing “Argentum” – commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM, and has recently had her works performed by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Southbank Sinfonia (London) and Multi-Story Orchestra among others, and was composer in Residence at the Suoni Dal Golfo Festival of Music and Poetry during the summer of 2018 in Italy.

Dani Howard

Composer

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Zoë’s work has been performed and toured across the UK and Europe. Current projects include collaborations in the USA with  Moving Star Ensemble (Carnegie Hall) and Pittsburgh Festival Opera and a development commission for the ROH in association with Leicester Curve.

Zoe Palmer

Librettist

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In addition to libretti, Rebecca also writes poetry, short fiction and essays. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and her work has been published in several magazines. She is also involved with the Voicings Collective and arts project Four Quarters.

Rebecca Hurst

Librettist

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Polly‘s directing work includes productions for Welsh National Opera, Independent Opera, Blackheath Halls, Theatre St. Gallen, Haydn 2021 Festival and Yellow Earth Theatre. She if founder of Loud Crowd, and director of their new production The Emperor of Atlantis. She is also Artistic Director at Longborough Festival Opera, and has conceived and run education projects for ENO, Glyndebourne and WNO.

Polly Graham

Director

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Berrak studied at GSMD and the National Opera Studio. She has worked with Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and is the Musical Director for Pop Up Opera.

Berrak Dyer

Conductor

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April graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a First Class (BA HONS) in Theatre Design. Some of her notable opera design credits include work for Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland, Blackheath Halls Opera and Welsh National Opera, for which ‘Le Vin Herbé’ received the Wales Theatre Award for ‘Best Opera Production’.

April Dalton

Designer

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Claire began working as a lighting designer after having studied Mathematics at Oxford. Her credits include UK and international tours for Blackeyed Theatre as well as designs for Little Angel Theatre and Arcola Theatre, amongst others, and lighting designs for dance productions.
Claire Childs

Lighting Designer

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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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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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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

Trustee

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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 past and current supporters, without whom this work would not be possible.

 

Many thanks to…

Arts Council England

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Trusts & Foundations

The Boltini Trust

The John S. Cohen Foundation

The Garrick Charitable Trust

Fidelio Charitable Trust

RVW Trust

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Individual Donors

  • Simon Yates
  • Catherine Olver and Jeremy Young
  • Dr JAF Spence
  • Clare Sutherland
  • Yaprak Dyer
  • Clémence Humeau
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  • Antony Feeny
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  • Christopher Greene
  • Anna Andreyeva and Adam Kellerman
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  • Louise Humeau
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