Education and engagement


Opera North Education seeks to encourage people to explore the art form of opera and the work of Opera North; to connect with communities and inspire the next generation. 

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and engage with opera both in and out of school and encourage school groups to see our mainstage productions. 

If you would like to know more about opportunities to access our work and how to gain support in introducing your students to opera, contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Schools’ Matinee: L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Suitable for KS2-5 

Written by French composer, Maurice Ravel, to a libretto by French novelist Colette, the story of L’enfant et les sortilèges centres on a naughty child, who learns compassion and empathy after being chastised by fairy tale characters, furniture, plants and animals upon whom he has inflicted cruelty. 

The production will be performed in French and is approximately 45 minutes in duration. A free teachers cross curricular resource pack, focusing on French language, music, drama and art will be available for all schools in Autumn 2017. 

When & where:

Tues 17 Oct 2017  12pm Leeds Grand Theatre
Thurs 9 Nov 2017  12pm Newcastle Theatre Royal 
Thurs 16 Nov 2017 12pm The Lowry, Salford Quays

Cost: £6 per ticket 

How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information 

Resource packs for schools' matinees are available from Online Resources 

Risk assessment: Risk Assessment – Attending a performance at Leeds Grand Theatre

French Seminar & Performance Package

Seminar & Schools’ Matinee Package for Sixth Form French / MFL Students

This in-depth seminar, presented by Leeds University’s Professor Diana Holmes, offers French language students a unique insight into the literary, historical and cultural context of French novelist Colette’s libretto to Ravel’s opera. Taking the form of a 1 hour presentation, the seminar is ideal for Sixth Form students.

When & where:

Tues 17 Oct 2017 10.15am Leeds
Thurs 2 Nov 2017 5.00pm Nottingham
Thurs 9 Nov 2017 10.15am Newcastle
Thurs 16 Nov 2017 10.15am Salford

Cost: £10 per head – includes seminar ticket and a ticket to attend a Schools’ Matinee performance (Leeds/Newcastle/Salford/Manchester) or evening performance at Nottingham Theatre Royal on Thu 2 November 2017, 7.15pm (double bill performance including Janáček’s Osud (Destiny)

How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Introduction to Opera: L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Workshop & Schools’ Matinee Package for KS2-4

In Autumn 2017, Opera North Education will be supporting teachers across the North of England to deliver their Modern Foreign Language, drama and music curriculum through the medium of opera.

In addition to presenting a performance for schools of L’enfant et les sortilèges by the French composer, Maurice Ravel, Opera North is offering a series of supporting in-school 2hr workshops in partnership with Théâtre Sans Frontières.

Workshops will help pupils explore the music, plot and characters in Ravel’s opera by uncovering the French language behind the libretto. A free teachers resource pack will also be available for all schools attending a matinee performance.

Curriculum Links:

  • French language
  • Drama
  • Music

When & where:

Leeds schools Fri 22 September 2017
  Wed 27 September 2017
  Fri 29 September 2017
  Wed 4 October 2017
  Fri 6 October 2017
  Wed 11 October 2017
Newcastle schools Fri 13 October 2017
  Wed 18 October 2017
  Fri 20 October 2017
Salford/Manchester schools Wed 1 November 2017
  Fri 3 November 2017
  Wed 8 November 2017
  Wed 15 November 2017

Cost: £400 (2 hour workshop for 1 class of 30 pupils)
Fee includes up to 35 tickets to the schools’ matinee
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Opera Tales

Specially-programmed storytelling and music performances for EYFS-KS1 pupils

Discover the exciting world of opera as magical characters from the operatic world come to life and take us on a journey of discovery, in a special in-school performance for Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 children. Featuring musicians from the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North.

When & where:

Fri 3 November 2017   Nottingham
Fri 10 November 2017   Newcastle
Fri 17 November 2017   Salford/Manchester
Tue 21 November 2017   Doncaster/Leeds
Wed 22 November 2017   Doncaster/Leeds

Cost: £400 per school
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Singing through the Ages

An Introduction to the Chorus of Opera North for KS3-4 pupils

Offering KS3-4 pupils an incredible opportunity to experience the scale and power of the Chorus of Opera North in a school environment. The 1 hour interactive performance will teach pupils about the range of the human voice, introducing them to different voice parts and opera/choral repertoire spanning the Classical period to the modern day.

When & where:

Thu 8 March 2018   Salford/Manchester
Thu 15 March 2018   Nottingham
Thu 22 March 2018   Newcastle

Cost: £450
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Whistle Stop Opera: Don Giovanni

Explore one of Mozart’s most famous operas in a shortened, accessible and interactive version, suitable for KS2-5 pupils

Join singers from Opera North’s mainstage as they take your pupils on an interactive journey of musical discovery into the plot and characters of one of Mozart’s most well loved operas, in your school setting.

When & where: 

w/c Mon 19 February 2018   Leeds
w/c Mon 26 February 2018   Leeds/Doncaster
w/c Mon 5 March 2018   Salford/Manchester
w/c Mon 12 March 2018   Nottingham
w/c Mon 19 March 2018   Newcastle

Cost: £500 for up to 2 x 1 hour performances in school (including a Q+A session at the end)
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Big Sing: World War One

An immersive singing project for Year 3-7 pupils, culminating in massed performances across the North accompanied by members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North

Commencing with a teacher CPD workshop led by Opera North choral delivery staff, schools will learn World War One themed repertoire in preparation for a final performance with other local schools, accompanied by members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. Each school will have choral workshops led by Opera North choral delivery artists and teachers will receive music learning resources which can be used in the classroom to assist the learning process. We would recommend this project for Year 3-7 pupils.

When & where:

  • Venues in Leeds, Doncaster, Hull and the North East
  • March – July 2018

Cost: £10 per pupil (based on a class of 30 pupils per school)

How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)113 243 9999
Address: Opera North Grand Theatre,
46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

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