Education and engagement

Online Resources

We give emerging artists and school teachers the skills and confidence to use music and art in the classroom. As a leading artistic resource for those living and working in the North, we have a responsibility to develop the output of artists, teachers and professionals in the region.

Here you will find a variety of supporting resources for teachers and artists taking part in our training initiatives.

L'enfant et les sortiléges (The child and the magic spells)





Resource Pack





Hansel and Gretel Resource Pack 


​L'elisir d'amore Resource Pack


​Swanhunter Resource Pack

Our interactive resource is suitable for anyone wanting a basic introduction to Swanhunter, including school teachers with students aged 7+ and families with children aged 7+. You will find information about the story, characters and music, plus some exciting activities to do at home or in the classroom!

The Bartered Bride Resource Pack

As part of Creative Encounters: The Bartered Bride, a brand new curriculum-linked resource has been developed in collaboration with teachers and artists.

This resource is a substantial guide to the key elements of the opera and includes:

- Background to the opera and the story of The Bartered Bride
- Lesson plans linked to the drama and music curriculum
- Resources for the classroom and additional teaching notes
- An array of insightful articles linking to history and music
- Interviews with the director and conductor

Please click on the below links to download your FREE copies.

The Bartered Bride Resource Pack (.pdf 7.4mb)

The Bartered Bride Lesson Plans (.pdf 7.4mb)


If you want to find out more about Opera North's production of The Bartered Bride and get an exclusive insight into the rehearsal process, soprano Kate Valentine, who is singing the role of Mařenka in the opera, has filmed an exciting backstage documentary. This is available below and can be used as a classroom resource.

Macbeth Resource Pack

As part of Creative Encounters: Macbeth, a brand new curriculum-linked resource was developed in collaboration with teachers and artists.

This resource is a substantial guide to the key elements of the opera and includes information about:

 - Verdi’s life and work
 - Key characters and themes in the opera
 - The historical backgrounds of Shakespeare and Verdi
 - How the opera compares to the original play

In addition, you will find classroom activities linking to the English, Drama, and Music curriculum, and separate lesson plan documents to work through with your students.

Please click the below links to download your free copies.

Macbeth resource pack - download (.pdf, 3.8mb)

Macbeth lesson plans - English and Drama - download (.pdf, 516kb)

Macbeth lesson plans - Music - download (.pdf, 499kb)

Songbook: Rome Wasn't Built By Chimpanzees

Commissioned by Opera North as part of the Friday Afternoons project, this collection contains 13 new songs which are fun and challenging to sing and perform. Suitable for key stage 2 and 3 this diverse series will fire children’s imaginations and offer a stimulating musical experience - ideal for classroom learning.

Download the Rome Wasn't Built By Chimpanzees songbook

Listen to the songs being played:

Two of the songs aren’t available online in their full versions. To order your complete, free copy contact

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