Taking Your Opera From Page To Stage 2019:

Wednesday, 19th December 2018

One thing we are often asked is how else, aside from the opportunities at Tête à Tête , can artists get work staged and developed. This is certainly not a comprehensive list and make sure you check each website for confirmation of facts, but it is a good place to get started:


Have your show in Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival – as ever, you can use this form to get in touch and let us know about your latest opera-ish projects!


Roughs For Opera – Second Movement offer this fabulous opportunity to workshop an opera, with some financial support as well. Deadline 21st January 2019.


Guildhall MA in Opera Making – a specialist course for people who want to improve their skills as a composer or librettist. Deadline for applications – 27th March 2019.


Royal Opera House Composer In Residence – the scheme behind 4.48 Psychosis and Mamzer Bastard, this is a great chance for a more experienced composer to get training and a production of a new opera. Write to the Guildhall for more information.


Jerwood Opera Writing Programme – two things, a fellowship (two years) and a foundation (one year), both offering support to opera makers. At the moment, their next deadline hasn’t been announced, but will probably be in Autumn 2019.


Grimeborn Opera Festival – another summer festival of contemporary opera stuff over at the Arcola, you can put your show forward using this form. No deadline given.


Other Resources:



My New Opera – this is a useful platform if you want to see what other people have done without paying a penny. With hundreds of new operas available for free, you can watch the work of some of the industry’s biggest names. Or add your own opera, and get your own work out there! (Full disclosure: we were involved in setting it up)


Librettist Network – a place for librettists to meet up, create profiles, and find useful resources. It started as part of a conversation our very own Bill Bankes-Jones was involved in, and they have a shiny new website – check it out!


#ForArtists – to plug our own set of resources for artists, including interviews with some leading lights of the industry, advice on marketing your show, and numerous other things, check out our continually-developing #ForArtists programme!