Oxford Contemporary Opera was launched in 2018 with the aim of giving students a platform to perform, write, direct and produce modern opera focusing on contemporary and accessible stories. They have premiered a full length opera in the UK about the life of Marilyn Monroe, put on a festival featuring three new operas by students, commissioned a virtual opera and started the popular ‘Opera in Conversation’ series.
In March 2021, Oxford Contemporary Opera announced Opera for One: a virtual opera comprising five songs commissioned specially for this multi-media project. In response to the pandemic, Opera For One focuses on five themes of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Composers, librettists, singers, and artists have been invited to collaborate in this mixed-media virtual opera.
In addition to Opera for One, Oxford Contemporary Opera have been running Opera in Conversation, a series of virtual talks with composers, directors, conductors, singers and executives in the opera industry. All talks can be viewed on their website.
Find out more about Oxford Contemporary Opera on their website.