World Premiere – Elena e Gerardo. Rugby, Sat 28 Oct 2023

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Arts Council funding helps Random Opera to bring an historic WORLD PREMIERE to the stage.

Random Opera Company are delighted to have been awarded £15,000 by Arts Council England for their forthcoming world premiere of Marianna Bottini’s 200 year old opera Elena e Gerardo.

The funding enables Random Opera to complete production of a performing edition of the score, run a series of engagement events locally in Rugby, and to perform the world premiere with a 26-piece orchestra in October 2023.

We’re pleased to announce that Random Opera has become the first UK opera company to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, and that we have committed to paying all of our artists and creatives the Real Living Wage for their time in rehearsal and on stage.

We are passionate about creating opportunities for emerging artists to perform opera, but we recognise that too often in this industry, the combination of low fees and long rehearsal periods for these opportunities place a heavy financial burden on the artists. We want to ensure that our opportunities are accessible to anyone who wants to participate – not just those with the financial means to do so.

By bringing experience from his work in the utilities industry, General Director Richard Tegid Jones has found ways to make the rehearsal process more efficient, ensuring that high quality performances can be achieved without the need for long rehearsal periods. This means that artists can fit the opportunities around other singing contracts, study commitments, or a day job, making the opportunities more accessible to all.

New Works Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winner of our inaugural New Works Competition. After much deliberation, our esteemed jury comprising Martyn Brabbins, Sir David Pountney and Claire Rutter have awarded the prize to:

Evan Henry (Composer) and John Klaess (Librettist) for “Algorithms”

Algorithms impressed the jury with a pertinent story that was told with humour and yet with a deep sadness. Musically, the works submitted contained a strong sense of melodic line, dance-like rhythms and Jazz-inspired harmonies.