Charity information


OperaUpClose is an ambitious, Olivier Award-winning opera company, producing innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and - crucially - high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known works and premieres of new operas. We run education and participation programmes for children and young people alongside our productions.

Founded 2014

  • Mission statement

    Since being founded in 2009 OperaUpClose has produced twenty-five operas: six world premieres of contemporary operas and nineteen classic operas in newly commissioned chamber orchestrations and English librettos. Our production of La Bohème won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera Production and the WhatsOnStage. Com Award for Best Off-West End production; and our world premiere of The Blank Canvas won the 2015 Off West End Award for Best Opera.

    Between 2010 and 2015 OperaUpClose was the resident company at the King’s Head Theatre, managing all operations and programming of the venue. We began regularly touring our productions to mid-scale venues across England in 2013. In 2014 we began operating as a charity. In 2015 we ended our residency at the King’s Head Theatre in order to develop our touring; education and participation programmes; and to create more ambitious and innovative productions than a residency in one small theatre allowed. That year we toured to 35 theatres and festivals, with four different productions, and opened three new productions in London. Since 2014 OperaUpClose performances account for circa 12% of the UK's total opera performances.

  • Aims

    OperaUpClose aims to:

    • Produce high quality opera, in new English versions, at affordable prices.
    • Run education and participation programmes to make opera more accessible to children and young people.
    • Provide a unique platform for early professionals at early stages of their career in opera and theatre.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2014

    Registered Charity Number: 1153307

    Board members: 3

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 14

    Phone number: 0203 176 7823

    Address: The King's Head Theatre 115 Upper Street London N1 1QN

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