CUMBRIA OPERA GROUP
'Cumbria is certainly the richer for such an event'
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, 2017
The Cumbria Opera Group (formerly known as the Eden Valley Opera Company), was founded in 2016 in order to bring high-quality opera closer to the residents of Cumbria, and to educate young Cumbrians in the arts. Cumbrians have historically had to travel long distances in order to witness excellent opera. Astronomical ticket prices and surtitles further make opera seem elitist and inaccessible.
We believe that opera is relevant and necessary in the contemporary arts scene, and should happen everywhere, regardless of rural isolation or existing access. Cumbria is a county that has historically inspired some of Britain's finest poetry, art, and music, and should never be a place where opera is shut out, but an area in which it flourishes.
Having staged three critically-acclaimed operas, we're now planning our 2021 Opera Festival which will work hand in hand with our education initiative COGnitive Learning. We've also been recording our Digital Opera series during Covid-19, the first of which you can watch below.