Birmingham Opera Company is to share some of its groundbreaking work online this summer. 

Renowned for its radical, bold and immersive productions that put the audience at the very heart of the action, the organisation is set to share three of its best-loved shows: the 2015 production of Tippett’s The Ice Break (on OperaVision, from 30 June); the 2012 production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht (Wednesday From Light), on its own website and as part of Après Demain Festival (from 4 July); and the 2009 production of Verdi’s Othello (on BBC iPlayer, from 19 June). 

For both The Ice Break (pictured below) and Mittwoch Aus Licht there will be additional live Q&As. Dates for the discussions will be announced in due course. 

Commenting on the news, Birmingham Opera Company’s Artistic Director, Graham Vick, said: “These troubled times have exposed once again how far our society is from being equal or fair. We need to do better. Birmingham Opera Company has spent the last 20 years experimenting, researching and exploring ways of presenting opera that will engage and embrace each and every element of our socially diverse city. Tens of thousands of Birmingham citizens have helped shape and create the projects we are able to stream. These epic live events were steps along a way that is always a struggle. But when our Birmingham peoples together recoil in horror at Verdi’s Othello, are swept up in the violence of The Ice Break and transported by Stockhausen’s Wednesday, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”