PAST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
After the success of our Easter Development Programme in 2013, we were determined to make our 2014 Summer Development Programme extra special. So we chose to work on Janaček's The Cunning Little Vixen.
We were so lucky to have the amazing creative team of Director Natascha Metherell, Conductor Martin Handley, Choreographer Maria Yacoob and Designer Rachel Szmukler who between them created a magical world which delighted our audiences and critics alike.
IL TABARRO / SUOR ANGELICA
In January 2013 we started a series of development weekends which formed part of our second Development Programme which culminated in a two week Easter course working on a double bill of Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica which had two performances in the John McIntosh Theatre. We had also planned a Summer Development Programme but sadly we did not have access to the John McIntosh Theatre because of major building work. This was the first year that were able to bring some singers through from the Development Programme to the touring company in two new productions of Madama Butterfly and The Mikado which opened at The Hackney Empire in September 2013 before going out on tour.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
When we decided on Don Giovanni and Hansel and Gretel for our 2012/13 tour, we realised that here were two operas with a very small chorus element. It was also clear that now would be the perfect time to do as we had always intended and separate the development side of the company from the professional touring side. And so in the summer of 2012 we held our first Development Programme where aspiring artists could work on their own opera – not just sing in a chorus – and where scheduled workshops would form the basis of the development side of the course. We chose to present a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which had two performances in the John McIntosh Theatre.
THE MAGIC FLUTE
In the summer of 2011 we presented two wonderful chorus pieces Carmen and The Magic Flute which gave the aspiring artists on the summer course something really fulfilling to get their teeth into – again they had access to numerous workshops and coaching sessions. We toured both operas – without chorus – to 12 UK venues.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
2010 saw the addition of an orchestral course which was the foundation for the current Co-Opera Co. Orchestra. We revived La bohème and added a new production of The Marriage of Figaro which opened at the John McIntosh Theatre both touring to 7 UK venues. Again covers sang in the chorus in London and everyone had access to various workshops.
In 2009, our first year, we held a three-week Summer Course working on new productions of Albert Herring and La bohème which were performed at the John McIntosh Theatre and had one performance each at the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. Covers for both shows sang in the choruses and we held several workshops to which everyone had access