Following on from a successful pilot project delivered in partnership with Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Hippodrome, OperaQuest is now in it’s second year and supported by the MariaMarina Foundation.
We are continuing to work with Welsh National Opera in Birmingham and the West Midlands, working with primary and special school pupils to create and perform their own operas inspired by The Magic Flute at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The project has also consisted of workshops in the classroom with Welsh National Opera practitioners and teacher training.
We are also very excited to be working with Opera North and schools in Nottingham where pupils have had the chance to watch The Bartered Bride and The Marriage of Figaro at the Royal Concert Hall.
In addition, in partnership with NI Opera and the Grand Opera House, Children and the Arts has been working with Primary Schools in Derry and Belfast to allow over 100 children to experience, perform and enjoy professional opera. Taking the Turn of the Screw and The Magic Flute as inspiration, each school has then created their own fully formed operas to perform to their family, friends and each other in The Grand Opera House Belfast.
The images below show some of the activity that took place in 2014/15. Images (c) Marie Therese Hurson