"Almeida Opera is that rare beast, a festival devoted entirely to the presentation of new lyric works. They take extraordinary risks and…have given us some of the most exciting new operas of recent times." Metro
"There has been no better London showcase for new European opera over the last 20 years than the Almeida summer season." The Guardian
From 1992 - 2007, the Almeida presented Almeida Opera, a season of new opera commissions.
Held in collaboration with English National Opera Studio for its first two years, Almeida Opera built on the opera and music theatre legacy of Pierre Audi’s seminal Almeida Festivals of the 1980s. Almeida Opera established itself as a regular platform in London for the production and commissioning of chamberscale operas and music theatre pieces.
Almeida Opera was particularly associated with the work of Jonathan Dove, Giorgio Batistelli and Thomas Ades. The festival has introduced audiences in the UK to the music theatre work of composers as diverse as George Aphergis, Helmet Oehring, Per Norgard, Heiner Goebbels and Olga Neuwirth.
In 1998 Arts Council England enabled Aldeburgh Productions and Almeida Opera to work together on an opera each year, whether through commissioning; Hey Persephone! (1998), Ion (2000), Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? (2003), The Io Passion (2004), The Cricket Recovers (2005), The Original Chinese Conjuror (2006), or new productions; Powder Her Face (1999), Kanton & Damask Drum (2001) and The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (2002).
Almeida Opera national tours included visits to the Huddersfield Contempory Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Durham Musicon. Almeida Opera also appeared at foreign festivals and Opera houses, including La Monnaie, Brussels, Berlin Festival, Alternative Lyrique, Paris, Dublin Fringe Festival, Munich Biennale and Montclair State University, USA and Modena Opera House.
The Almeida Theatre now presents an annual Almeida Festival showcasing the best of new and international work. Read more