where we've been
workshopera exploded out of the guildhall school of music and drama in 2014 when 3 students decided that the world of opera wasn't as diverse, bold and electrifying as it should have been. we wanted to make work that people were excited about seeing, fantastical, thought-provoking, socially relevant; work that needs to be made. we were also pretty peeved that people often talked about opera and theatre as two separate entities, with opera always coming off worse in the conversation. At that very moment, our designer entered the ring with a full-body bear costume and thus, our first opera, east o'the sun, west o' the moon was born in glorious technicolor.
4 critically- acclaimed new productions, 3 revivals and a new british music theatre award nomination later we are enjoying making our way as one of london's most exciting and innovative emerging companies.
since our first outing of lgbt nightclub opera boys of paradise in 2015, we have been building on our explorations into immersive and site-specific opera. it's been an incredibly creative and rewarding privilege for us to work with many of the uk's top emerging artists in this new field, expanding both their practice and ours.
2016 has been the year of collaboration, bringing cross-arts work and plays into our creative midst. the workshopera team collaborated on the national tour of dust child, a new immersive opera for young people with special educational needs for the olivier-award winning english touring opera. the company also premiered the world-premiere of anusree roy's trident moon for the finborough theatre and the multi-disciplinary seven velvet suits , a dreamscape for the 15oth anniversary of composer erik satie for london's basicspace festival. 2016 also saw us revive Boys of paradise in partnership with tete a tete opera and egg ldn.
we go into 2017 excited about the work we are making and looking forward to a new year of fresh commissions and collaborations. this year also sees us kickstart our education programme, forge, creating new opera with young singers in training at the uk's leading conservatoires. we are excited to have been supported by the arts council, tete a tete opera and the guildhall school of music and drama.