Driven by a passion to produce accessible, innovative and entertaining opera for all ages, Mike and Vanessa Woodward founded Opera Anywhere in 2000. Beginning life, on an especially erected stage on a pond at the centre of their Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell. The early performances were Proms concerts, which soon developed into fully staged opera productions.
Since 2000, Mike and Vanessa have taken Opera Anywhere on tour throughout the UK, the main objective to entertain audiences with popular but also less well-known operas. As the name suggests, Opera Anywhere specialises in performing in new and unusual venues but they also are very familiar with theatres and festival locations.
Opera Anywhere currently tour with a number of Gilbert and Sullivan productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience and H.M.S. Pinafore. One of their most exciting recent performances included a Pirates of Penzance on punts! Menotti also features heavily in their annual schedule of performances with the Christmas opera ‘Amahl and The Night Visitors’; recently Opera Anywhere added Mozart’s the Magic Flute to its repertoire.
In addition to fully staged opera performances, Opera Anywhere also get invited to perform pop-up opera at special events and parties and their ‘singing waiters’ has proved to be a particular favourite! Opera Anywhere also love to collaborate and work with music clubs and choral societies, schools and orchestras for combined performances.
In 2010 Opera Anywhere appointed a board of directors and trustees and became registered as a charity and a limited company. If you would like any more information or would like to invite Opera Anywhere to perform at your event, please contact us – you can even speak to us in person! Our office number is 01865 735910 and we regularly check our voice mail!