Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Free Opera: Birmingham Opera Company, TIppett, Icebreak

Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company do things with opera nobody else does. Last year it was Mussorgsky in a giant tent, where Khovanshchina became Khovansky gate: a national enquiry and directly relevant. (Review and pictures here).

This year it is Tippett's Ice Break, promising race riots and civil unrest. (Details and tickets here). 

Vick takes a mixture of professional principals, the CBSO and local volunteer actors and chorus. And immediately gets an audience more diverse and new to opera than the big (in terms of subsidy, space, stage, audience, attention) London companies would get if they gave it away. 

This year, I think for the first time, it will available as a free stream on Thursday evening. All you have to do is go to this site. It runs for an hour and half at 8pm UK time-  whether it will be available to replay, there is no indication at present.

Vick's BOC consistently produce more imaginative productions and few things are more deserving of attention than this.

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