Birmingham Opera Company to stage latest production in a Digbeth warehouse Birmingham Opera Company will perform The Ice Break by Michael Tippett from April 3, 2015Birmingham Opera Company rehearsing for The Ice Break Formed in 1987, it involves hundreds of volunteers in its coach outlet purses zombie productions, with acting and singing choruses made up of people aged 16 to 80 from all walks of life.
With no audition process, anyone can take part. Many volunteers return year after year but the company aims to take on 50 per cent new recruits for each production. There is a particular emphasis on building confidence and self esteem for the young unemployed. Birmingham Opera Company (BOC) is also unusual for not staging productions in a formal setting but taking it to the people in quirky urban locations, including shopping centres, former factories, a bank and an ice rink. In 2012, the award winning Mittwoch Aus Licht involved a string quartet flying over the city in helicopters. Its latest production, from April 3, is The Ice Break by Michael Tippett, directed by Graham Vick. It involves a cast of international soloists, the CBSO and a chorus of 150 singing and acting volunteers from the local community. BOC has been awarded a National Lottery funded Exceptional Award from Arts Council England to stage it. ACE area director Peter Knott said: "This programme gives us an opportunity to invest in projects of national significance. The Ice Break looks set to be a spectacular production." First produced at the Royal Opera House in 1977, it features a Russian dissident coach outlet handbags vs purses who has spent 20 years in a Russian prison camp. Graham Vick said: "The Ice Break was ahead of its time. "In our current climate of intercultural, political and economic turbulence, the time is right for reassessment. "BOC shares Tippett's belief that opera should be socially inclusive and his belief that every coach outlet destin fl artist has a social responsibility. "His visionary masterpiece couldn't be more relevant to the modern world. Opera for our times, written and sung in English.
" It's being staged in a huge tin roofed, graffiti covered warehouse in Digbeth. Portakabins have been brought in as dressing rooms and the wardrobe coach outlet handbags f34084 coach department. The singing chorus includes John Mullings from Kings Heath who is a lifeguard at Harborne swimming pool and has been in every production since Othello in 2009.
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