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Arthur Street, Founder

Arthur Street, Founder

Kath Street

Kath Street

Pat as Baba, takes the whip to Toby in

Pat Nixon, as Baba, takes the whip to Toby in 'The Medium, 2003.

Pat Nixon and Kym Sheargold. Eugene Onegin 2005

Pat Nixon and Kym Sheargold. Eugen Onegin 2005

Pat Nixon holds a seance, in The Medium 2003

Pat Nixon holds a seance, in The Medium 2003

For a full list of previous operas from 1946, scroll down...

It all started with one man.


Dr. Arthur Street (1910-2006) was founder and dreammaker of Midland Music Makers Opera Company, now Midland Opera. A born leader, his work as a respected metallurgist led him to become a best-selling author.
He was a dedicated family man, with a driving passion for music.

Arthur founded Midland Music Makers in 1939 as the 'Gooch Street Choir'. The choir soon grew in confidence and reputation.
In 1946, the same year as the formation of the WNO, Arthur – who had a considerable knowledge of opera – decided to stage an ambitious production of Borodin's ‘Prince Igor’. Kath, his wife, helped make costumes and the whole company pitched in making sets and dressing the production. It was a resounding success, and set a course which was to affect the lives of hundreds of singers, musicians and stage technicians for the next 60 years (and counting).

Arthur not only conducted, but produced many of the early operas, driving up from London for rehearsals, and back down again straight afterwards. Never tiring of the challenges, he provided enormous inspiration and leadership as the company grew, and enjoyed bringing on new talent, revelling in their moments of glory.

In particular the tutelage and support which he gave to young singer, Patricia Nixon, was to begin a musical career spanning decades. Pat began singing smaller solos in concerts, eventually undertaking a host of major soprano roles including Turandot, Aida and many, many more. But equally important was the close friendship which developed between the three. This became a lifeline for Arthur and Kath as their health became problematic. Pat's companionship enabled them to continue visiting the theatre, which was their lifelong love. When Pat became President in 2008, she seemed the natural choice for the company, bringing an encyclopaedic knowledge of opera, a wicked sense of humour, and a deep love for the company.

Midland Opera would not be the company it is, if it were not for Arthur and Kath’s dedication and spirit. They have touched many lives.

For a full list of previous productions, plus some programmes, keep scrolling down! ...

2015 The Thieving Magpie - Rossini
2014 The Magic Flute - Mozart
2013 The Elixir of Love - Donizetti
2012 Turandot - Puccini
2011 Jack Faust & Sister Angelica – Gounod & Puccini
2010 The Tales of Hoffmann – Offenbach
2009 Macbeth – Verdi
2008 Carmen - Bizet
2007 A Masked Ball - Verdi
2006 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci - Leoncavallo & Mascagni
2005 Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky
2004 La Clemenza Di Tito - Mozart
2003 The Medium & Trial by Jury - Menotti and G&S
2002 La Traviata - Verdi
2001 L'Elisir d'Amore - Donizetti
2000 Carmen - Bizet
1999 The Bartered Bride - Smetana
1998 I Pagliacci - Leoncavallo & Aunt Caroline’s Will - Albert Roussel
1997 Faust - Gounod
1996 Prince Igor - Borodin
1995 Moses - Rossini
1994 Otello - Verdi
1993 Gianni Schicchi - Puccini & Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
1992 La Gioconda - Ponchielli
1991 Nabucco - Verdi
1990 The Bartered Bride - Smetana
1989 Amelia Goes to the Ball & Amahl and the Night Visitors - Menotti
1988 Carmen - Bizet
1987 Sister Angelica - Puccini & I Pagliacci - Leoncavallo
1986 The Pearl Fishers - Bizet
1985 Hugh the Drover - Vaughan Williams & The Wandering Scholar - Holst
1984 Aida - Verdi
1983 Il Tabarro - Puccini & Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
1982 The Thieving Magpie - Rossini
1981 The Maid of Orleans - Tchaikovsky
1980 Jewels of the Madonna - Wolf-Ferrari
1979 Macbeth - Verdi
1978 Turandot - Puccini
1977 Carmen - Bizet
1976 La Gioconda - Ponchielli
1975 Cav & Pag
1974 William Tell - Rossini
1973 Aida - Verdi
1972 Idomeneo - Mozart
1971 Sister Angelica - Puccini & The Travelling Companion - Stanford
1970 Die Feen - Wagner
1969 Jacobin - Dvorak
1968 Prince Igor - Borodin
1967 The Thieving Magpie - Rossini
1966 Zampa - Herold
1965 Moses - Rossini
1964 Lelisir D'amore - Donizetti
1963 Rienzi - Wagner
1962 The Sicilian Vespers - Verdi
1961 Ivan the Terrible - Rimsky-Korsakov
1954 Massaniello - Auber
1953 I Lombardi - Verdi
1952 Boris Godunov - Musssorgsky
1951 The Huguenots - Meyerbeer
1950 The Gypsy Baron - J Strauss
1949 William Tell - Rossini
1948 The Trojans -Berlioz
1947 The Snow Maiden - Rimsky Korsakov
1946 Prince Igor - Borodin

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13 of our Previous Productions – Click on an icon to download the appropriate programme pdf.
2015 The Thieving Magpie 2014 The Magic Flute 2013 The Elixir of Love
2012 Turandot 2011 Jack Faust & Sister Angelica 2010 Tales_of_Hoffmann
2009 Macbeth 2008 Carmen 2007 A Masked Ball
2006 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci 2005 Eugene Onegin 2004 La Clemenza di Tito
2003 The Medium
...For a full list back to 1946 see the How it all began page.
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