Introducing children to opera for the first time

OperaQuest 2013 is a pilot project delivered in partnership with Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Hippodrome, and supported by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The project has seen 120 primary school children in Birmingham and the West Midlands introduced to a Welsh National Opera performance of Madam Butterfly at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The project has also consisted of workshops in the classroom with Welsh National Opera practitioners and teacher training.

Pupils recently returned to the Birmingham Hippodrome to perform their own interpretation of Madam Butterfly and to have the unique opportunity to experience a performance by international Soprano, and OperaQuest Ambassador, Danielle De Niese.

The event was a huge success with local press turning up to see the children perform and everyone doing their bit to create a spectacular version of Madam Butterfly.

We are looking to build on this pilot by running a national OperaQuest project in 2013/14.

The images below show some of the activity that took place in 2012/13.  Images (c) Simon Hadley