Meet Me @Mahogany is Mahogany Opera’s virtual Open House series, where we share insights and ideas around what we do and how we do it, connecting people to our creative practice.
We began Meet Me @ Mahogany to bring more people into our conversations, strengthening our relationships and enriching our perspectives. Without a venue or defined home, Mahogany Opera envisions Meet Me @ Mahogany as a space for transformational thinking, where we can connect through our ideas and experiences.
We hold four Meet Me @ Mahogany events across each year, with each gathering built around themes that relate to a particular strand or aspect of our work and look outwards to a larger question.
Each event is a guided conversation with opportunities for you to ask questions and join the discussion. Hosted on Zoom, with live captioning and BSL interpretation, the events are ticketed but free to attend.
For more information about upcoming Meet Me @ Mahogany events visit our Explore More section or see the What's On tab on our Home Page.
If you'd like to catch up with previous Meet Me @ Mahogany events, you can watch all of our previous discussions below:
In our latest Meet Me @Mahogany online event on Wednesday 15th March 2023, we heard from from the artists involved in our new community led commissioning project, The Great Learning, as we delved into the importance of community led commissioning and interrogated how vital creativity can be in healing the mind, body and soul.
In our Meet Me @Mahogany online event on Wednesday 30th November 2022, we talked to the team behind Out Of Her Mouth, a new co-commission from Mahogany Opera, Dunedin Consort and HERA
Hear from Toria Banks as we delve into the provenance of the piece and how the new translations came to life, whilst interrogating more widely the importance of reinventing the old and finding contemporary relevance in ancient works. The discussion also introduces soprano Alys Roberts, & director Mathilde Lopez - artists involved in the project who were selected as part of a unique open call - who share their thoughts about that process and what it means to be involved in this new piece.
Hooligan is an extraordinary participatory music theatre project involving Ukrainian, German & British artists. The project was originally due to have taken place in Dnipro, Ukraine as part of the British Council UK-Ukraine Season. Instead, eight Ukrainian artists gathered in Halle, Germany (with colleagues participating remotely from Kyiv), working with a chorus of Ukranian refugees and local Germans to present Hooligan at the WUK Theater Quartier on 25 May 2022.
In our Meet Me @Mahogany online event on Thursday 10 March 2022, we shared learning and inspiration from a series of creative workshops at Edinburgh University. Composer Gareth Williams, poet Jane McKie, and Mahogany Opera’s Artistic Director Freddie Wake-Walker worked with University of Edinburgh student composers, writers and designers (eight of each) on a week-long creative journey of opera making, and in this discussion they talk about that process and the things they learned along the way.
In our Meet Me @Mahogany event on Wednesday 6th October 2021, we explored the process of collaborative composition as creative development for professionals and participants.
Using Mahogany Opera's work with young people as a starting point, we explore the process of making a Snappy Opera and other participatory projects that combine devising with structured composition, taking everyone on a creative journey together.
The two artists discussed Nwando’s evolving immersive operatic experience, inspired by the life and work of Hildegard von Bingen, Hildegard: Visions and the ongoing process of creative collaboration. Coinciding with Nwando’s residency at East Street Arts where she presented a new installation Extreme Unction Vol 2, together they consider the potential healing qualities of immersive performance and imagine its future.
In our first public Meet Me @ Mahogany event in February 2021, Dr Charlotte Armstrong (founder of the Opera and Disability blog) guided a discussion with featured guests, Toria Banks (librettist/director) and Amble Skuse (composer) to explore disability theory in relation to the arts, talk about the creative process and and share more information about their new opera We Ask These Questions of Everybody.
Our very first Meet Me @ Mahogany event took place on 14 October 2020.
Co-commissioned by Dunedin Consort, Barbican and Mahogany Opera, Errollyn and Wesley’s opera reframes and illuminates Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Performed on period instruments by Dunedin Consort, Dido’s Ghost bridges worlds, blurring past and present, creating a distinctive new classic for our time.