Support Us


Every ticket you buy to an OperaUpClose production helps us bring innovative, unintimidating and high-quality opera to over 50 venues around the UK each year. Even when our shows sell out (as, thanks to our wonderful audiences, they often do) we still need to raise £250,000 every year just to survive. OperaUpClose’s generous supporters are vital to helping us achieve this.

Supporters have the chance to become more involved with the work we do and enjoy special benefits. As well as priority booking, supporters receive invitations to events including pre-show talks with the Directors, Orchestrators and Musical Directors; post-show receptions with the singers; and sneak previews of set designs and production plans. An OperaUpClose supporter recently wrote a beautiful account of an open rehearsal that you can read here.

If you would like to get closer to our work, while helping us continue to produce high-quality opera at affordable prices, there are a number of ways to do so:


Young Friend: £5

Under 30s get all Friend benefits for less!

  • OperaUpClose’s quarterly newsletter containing exclusive interviews, sneak peaks, articles and music recommendations
  • Invitations to Friends events with artists and industry professionals such as after-show drinks and post-show talks and Q&As – come get an insight into working in opera!
  • Invitations to Young Friends pub nights – connect with other young people interested in innovative opera
  • Priority ticket booking
Become a young friend now!

Friend: £35 / Joint Friend: £50

  • OperaUpClose’s quarterly newsletter with exclusive interviews, articles and special offers
  • Invitations to exclusive events such as post-show drinks and Q&As
  • Priority ticket booking
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our website

What does your donation do? Click here to find out.


One Off Payment (£35 or £50)

Stage Door Supporter: £250

One Off Payment (£250)
  • All Friends benefits +
  • Access to exclusive supporter events
  • Two friend passes to each OperaUpClose season – treat your loved ones to the opera on us!
  • Invitations to behind-the-scenes rehearsals
  • An OperaUpClose mug
  • A complimentary programme to collect at the box office*
  • 10% discount at the OperaUpClose shop

What does your donation do? Click here to find out.


Dressing Room Supporter: £500

One Off Payment (£500)
  • All Stage Door Supporter benefits +
  • Drinks with the cast after the performances (on selected dates)
  • Reserved area of theatre bar for interval drinks*
  • Complimentary programme signed by the cast, librettist and director posted to your door
  • A personalised thank you note 

What does your donation do? Click here to find out.


Centre Stage Supporter: £1000

  • All Dressing Room Supporter benefits +
  • Lunch with the Artistic Director
  • Two complimentary tickets to a performance of your choosing with complimentary interval drinks
  • ‘House seats’ for any sold-out performances
  • Invitations to observe our education programmes and community work
  • Personal assistance from the OperaUpClose team with production and ticket enquiries

What does your donation do? Click here to find out.

One off payment (£1000)

Spotlight Supporter: £5000

One off Payment (£5000)
  • All Centre Stage Supporter benefits +
  • A bespoke package of personalised benefits, beginning with a coffee with Robin Norton-Hale (Artistic Director) and Indyana Schneider (Development Manager) to discuss your interests and needs
  • An OperaUpClose singer and pianist for your private event
  • The opportunity to be at the heart of the artistic process: meet the cast and the creative team, see the costume and set design sketches and discuss creative ideas with the Director

What does your donation do? Click here to find out.

* on request

Gift Aid your donation

Would you like to Gift Aid your donation? If you are a UK taxpayer, ‘Gift Aiding’ your donation means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, without it costing you any extra.

You can find out more about Gift Aid and other forms of efficient giving here.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please email Helen at with your home address so that we may apply for Gift Aid on your donations at no extra cost to you.