OperaGlass Works

OperaGlass Works was launched in 2017 in response to the changing demands made on today’s opera singers.

Founded in 2017 by actress Selina Cadell and dramaturg Eliza Thompson, OperaGlass Works is a company of directors, designers, singers, actors and musicians who have pooled their resources as a response to the huge changes seen in the opera world in the past 25 years. Committed to performing chamber operas in intimate and exquisite spaces, OperaGlass Works was formed to empower singers and musicians to perform directly to their audience, to challenge convention, and to encourage change in the world of opera. 

OperaGlass Works were due to present its second opera, Benjamin Britten’s haunting thriller The Turn of the Screw at Wilton’s Music Hall in spring 2020 before the global pandemic hit. The creative team behind the now postponed production were John Wilson, conducting his own hand-picked orchestra, Selina Cadell as director, designs by Tom Piper and costumes by BAFTA Award winner, Rosalind Ebutt. Robert Murray was due to sing the leading role of Quint following his appearance as Tom Rakewell in OperaGlass Works’ acclaimed debut production of The Rake’s Progress in 2017 led by the same production team. 

Known for her work as a stage, film and television actress, as well as for her work as a theatre director, Selina Cadell coaches at the National Opera Studio, Royal Opera House and English National Opera.  She directed her first opera, Handel’s Arianne in Creta at the Royal College of Music in 2014, which as the website Planet Hugill remarked: “had the admirable effect of focusing the drama onto the music”.  Her co-producer, Eliza Thompson, is a music supervisor, consultant, score producer and composer in film, television and theatre and previously collaborated with Selina on The Way of the World (Wilton’s Music Hall, and the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton), The Rivals (Arcola) and, Love for Love  (RSC, Stratford upon Avon).


OperaGlass Works' production of The Turn of the Screw filmed during lockdown is now available to watch via Marquee TV.

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Due to lockdown, OperaGlass Works will postpone The Turn of the Screw. Read Selina Cadell's and Eliza Thompson's message here.

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“Going by this impressively assured first production, OperaGlass Works have a bright future: this Rake was a textbook statement of how visceral opera can be, and how much fun it should be.”