Artistic Director Graham Vick receives Knighthood

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28 January 2021

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Graham Vick CBE, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company received Knighthood in New Year Honour!

In 1987 he founded the Birmingham Opera Company (of which he remains Artistic Director), recognised as one of the most pioneering companies for the development of opera as a 21st century art form. Graham has also held the position of Director of Productions at Scottish Opera (1984 – 1987) and Glyndebourne (1994 – 2000). In 2020, he is Artistic Director for "Going for Gold" led by Birmingham Opera Company , winner of the 6th edition of the FEDORA Education Prize.

The citation of Knighthood reads: ‘He is considered by many to be one of the foremost opera directors of modern times. Director of Productions of Scottish Opera 1984-87 and Glyndebourne 1994-2000, he has been Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company since its foundation in 1987 where his pioneering work has brought world premieres of Ravi Shankar, Dove, Battistelli, Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht and radical productions of Votzek, Othello, Khovanskygate to the most unlikely places (a disused factory, an abandoned ice rink, a defunct rock venue), integrating local volunteers into the process of making and building bridges with the city’s socially diverse, multi ethnic population’

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