The brief for the project asked us to look at opera and music theatre, with a focus on England, though acknowledging the work of some organisations who undertake activity beyond this geographic focus. The study involved four areas of research:
1. A brief literature review of existing material, focusing on material which helped contextualise or interpret the other areas of data.
2. Data collection and analysis from a range of largely quantitative sources, including a mapping of opera and music theatre organisations in England, data on audiences and participants, and charity commission accounts for organisations in the sector.
3. Engagement with stakeholders through interviews and focus groups, including opera and music theatre organisations regularly funded by Arts Council England, organisations not in receipt of regular funding, venues receiving touring opera and music theatre, freelancers including singers, directors, creative designers and producers.2
4. Case studies of practice outside England, focusing on three themes: co-creation, partnership working, and approaches to developing new work.