Stretching the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for.
Mahogany Opera Group is a leading commissioner and producer of opera and music theatre. Our vision is for opera to be an inclusive, collaborative and dynamic artform that speaks meaningfully to people in today’s society. Our mission is to stretch the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for.
Collaborating with world-class and emerging artists, we craft new works and reinvent existing ones. Widely varied influences draw communities into our creative process. By surprising audiences with extraordinary experiences whilst challenging their preconceptions, we share with them the power and joy of combining music with theatre.
Since 2014, the company with its Artistic Director, Frederic Wake-Walker, has commissioned and produced 16 world premieres. Working with our touring partners, productions have toured extensively across the UK and internationally, and included presenting R&D workshops. We are welcomed to areas of Britain and internationally where modern opera is rarely heard, representing a focus on an individual voice in the cultural landscape. Our UK position is unique, providing opera-focused work locally rooted, whilst looking outwards in its influence and approach.
Our work sits within three clearly defined and complementary strands:
Education - Giving children ownership of opera
Development - Developing work and talent for the here and now and artists and audiences of the future
Performance - Challenging preconceptions of what opera can be; clashing cultures, shifting genres and enabling artists and audiences to go beyond themselves
“If you peel away the glossy trappings, opera not only grapples with the fundamental human need to sing, dance, ritualise and tell stories but also, through its ability to draw together different cultures and genres, is able to express most relevantly our multi-media, multi-cultural existence today. In a world where people seem to be becoming increasingly lonely and where old fault lines of division are being made more concrete we need, more than ever and for the fabric of our society, to be brought together, to experience connection.” Frederic Wake-Walker, artistic director
Download our 2019-2022 Business Plan here.
Mahogany Opera is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.