Opera In The City submissions

Opera In The City is a wonderful festival coming in August down at Bridewell Theatre. It is an initiative by Pamela Schermann and applications are now open. More information can be found here. Any opera aficionados are recommended to get involved.

The two-weeks Opera in the City Festival is curated by Time Zone Theatre Ltd and their artistic director Pamela Schermann, and will present a range of operatic works. In the exciting performance space of the Bridewell Theatre, the festival will show innovative takes on well-known operas as well as rarely performed, forgotten masterpieces. The focus lies on pieces with a strong narrative which will appeal to both regular opera audiences and those new to opera.

One of the highlights of the festival is the project “Fin de Siècle“ which focuses on works composed around 1900. This series is spearheaded by Time Zone Theatre’s acclaimed production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart & Salieri, which premiered in 2016 and will finish its UK Tour with their final three performances in London at the Bridewell Theatre.

The full line-up will be presented in April 2017.

The project “Fin de Siècle“ is generously supported by Golsoncott Foundation.

We are accepting submissions from theatre companies to present their work at ‘Opera in the City Festival’ between 1st – 12th August. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your work. If you have any questions you can contact us at info@timezonetheatre.com

Singers who are interested in getting involved in Time Zone Theatre’s ‘Fin de Siécle’ project should not submit an application at this stage, but are invited to ssign up for the newsletter to receive notification once roles and auditions are announced.


What are we looking for

Opera and classical music projects including multi-disciplinary projects which combine classical music with other art forms. New works as well as innovative productions of classics.

We prefer pieces with a strong narrative which are suitable for a wide range of audience.

What you will receive

  • 3 performances at the Bridewell Theatre (130 seats) between 1st – 12th August 2017.
  • 4 hours of tech time
  • A technical manager and operator
  • Box office service and front of house staff
  • Use of a piano in the space (baby grand)
  • Inclusion on the website and generic festival flyer
  • Inclusion in our press release and a support with press and marketing
  • 50% of your box office intakes (the other 50% to be paid to the Bridewell Theatre)


The participation fee is £350, this contributes to the staffing of the building, the technical support and print of marketing materials.

How to apply

Please send a project proposal and information about your company and any additional material (reviews, videos, biogs,..) to info@timezonetheatre.com by 31st March 2017.

The application should also include the running time of the piece and, if available, information about technical requirements and set.


We showcase up to four new pieces for one night during the Festival. Pieces can be excerpts and/or work in progress, should have a running time of max 45 minutes and be performed with minimal technical requirements.

You will receive 1 hour of tech time, a technician, full Front of House service and inclusion in the festival marketing and press send-outs. There is no participation fee for Work in Progress projects, box office intakes will be used to support the facilitation of the evening. Each company will receive 4 complimentary tickets.

Please submit your application for a work in progress project by 8th April 2017 to info@timezonetheatre.com