England, South East



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Creative Director: Joanne Roughton-Arnold



We are a ground-breaking opera company putting accessibility at the heart of the creative process. We engage a healthy mix of disabled and non-disabled professional artists to make high quality work that challenges perceptions of disability and inclusion in the arts and breaks down barriers for disabled artists and audiences.

“Dancers Isolte Avila and David Bower added beauty and emotional resonance to Hotspur and Pierrot Lunaire respectively, in minimalist, intense settings directed and designed by Sara Brodie… formidAbility has already unearthed something of great promise for opera’s future. It has also created new problems of stagecraft to solve. But musical and visual quality are already there, along with a remarkable ensemble feel. Exciting.”

Charlotte Valori, MY THEATRE MATES

“But magic there often was in Roughton-Arnold’s vocalising, ranging from the most delicate sliding between pitches and most hushed of consonants – jewels of musical noise in themselves – to grim violence.”

Edward Bhesania, THE STAGE


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