The normal path is always ruled out for CBTO
, which aims to edit operas to suit the non-operatic venues it visits while finding its own artistic viability.
The CBTO was founded more than ten years ago and the venues which will premiere his latest opera illustrate the unique qualities of this small, innovative company.
The CBTO might have a small, dedicated fan base with a majority sold to what is bracketed "lower income" but the real majority out there in the city are not aware of the company.
Vick maintains he will remain artistic director of the CBTO for the "foreseeable future" which in real terms means "for at least the next three years.
Andrew Bennett arrived at CBTO in December 1993 - making him the company's longest-serving administrator - after nearly five years as administrator of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
CBTO staged a concert performance in Symphony Hall in 1995, as part of the nationwide Africa 95 festival, mixing professional singers and instrumentalists with children from two schools.
In the educational work it does around opera, CBTO likes to start young - at nursery level.
The irony is, of course, that the Mayfair Suite - that strange deserted complex which lay abandoned and forgotten in the heart of the city for 20 years until CBTO
stumbled on it - would have been the ideal place to put on The Rocky Horror Show.
The CBTO production, which opens in Birmingham on March 31 before touring nationally, should cast an interesting light on thecurrent debate about the relationship of human beings and wild animals - shouldn't it?
And he is determined that CBTO audiences will not miss the point that Janacek was using his animal characters to satirise his fellow human beings.