Audience member, Riverside Plays Opera, Durham Brass Festival 2011
We wish to place on record our appreciation of the …evening at Consett on July 11th. We had not been to an opera or brass concert before but we thoroughly enjoyed it…We feel fortunate that we were able to experience this concert so near to home, as anything comparable, we believe we should have had to travel to London to see. We hope that… there may be more presentations in the future.
Combining excellence, experience, flexibility and creativity in our very varied projects, we are a recognised force in the promotional work of other bodies.
InterOpera has worked in prisons, hospitals and schools and our partners have included theatre companies, youth theatres and community arts organisations. Our performances have taken place in a wide array of venues, including a major performance of The Saint Cuthbert Oratorio in Durham Cathedral with full orchestra, a chorus of 120 from across the North East and international soloists, a prestigious socially diverse and exciting conclusion to the Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition in Durham in 2013.
Music and musicians
We always engage soloists of the highest international calibre and we also provide a platform for young emerging musicians and amateur choral singers to share the stage with seasoned professionals, providing training opportunities for new artists.
We enjoy a direct link to the young artists’ programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Jette Parker Young Artists' Programme) and have often worked with graduates of the Jette Parker programme – both singers and, on one occasion, a young director (Harry Fehr).
We have commissioned many new pieces for Brass Band, for chorus and for soloists and enjoy a special relationship with one of the UK's leading composers, Will Todd.
As well as using small bespoke orchestras for our performances, one of the unique features of the company’s work is our involvement with brass bands. Building on the strong brass community in north east England, we have forged relationships with a number of individual championship bands. We have commissioned many transcriptions of selections from opera scores for brass instruments, making our projects not only more affordable but also encouraging traditional brass band audiences to experience the sound of classical opera.
Since 2004, the company has introduced over 2000 people to opera for the very first time and given children and adults alike an opportunity to aspire.
We have a wealth of evidence from our audiences and from those who have taken part in all of our opera projects that what we do makes people’s lives better: See our What do people say? page.
How we are run
The company has no office premises, no full time staff and our overheads are kept to a minimum - developing an ongoing programme of work requires a huge amount of time and energy on the part of the Artistic Director, the Music Director and the Project Manager - energy well-spent in the pursuit of excellence. Find out more:
We have an exciting programme of work planned for the next 3 years (2015-18) and are always happy to develop and discuss creative events and partnerships. Take a look at our latest project Darkness to Light.
Visit the Support us page to find out how you can get involved with InterOpera.
Since 2004 all InterOpera’s projects have been supported by Arts Council England.
InterOpera is company limited by guarantee trading as InterOpera Ltd. It is also a registered charity: number 1146791.