Education and engagement


Opera North Education aims to Excite, Enrich and Engage. We are passionate about young people’s education and collaborate with teachers across the North of England to enrich their pupils’ lives and learning.

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience opera 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' Matinees: Hansel and Gretel (Winter 2017)

Seeing a world-class opera company in performance is an incredible experience. It is a great way to engage young people with classical music and introduce them to the vibrant and dramatic world of opera. These matinees have been specially programmed for schools' audiences, and will provide a truly unique experience for your pupils. 

We would recommend this opera for anyone over the age of 10. It runs at approximately 2 hours 10 minutes (including one interval). Find out more about Hansel and Gretel

When and where:

Leeds Grand Theatre Wednesday 22 February 2.00pm +44 (0)844 848 2720*
Newcastle Theatre Royal Thursday 2 March 11.00am +44 (0)8448 11 21 21*
The Lowry, Salford Quays Thursday 9 March 11.00am +44 (0)843 208 6000
Grand Opera House, Belfast Thursday 16 March 11.00am +44 (0)28 9024 1919
Nottingham Theatre Royal Thursday 23 March 11.00am +44 (0)115 989 5555

Cost: £6 per person

How to book: Contact the Box Office for each venue. *Calls to 084+ numbers cost 7ppm plus your telephone company's access charge. 

Risk Assessment: Risk Assessment - Attending a performance at Leeds Grand Theatre

Introduction to Opera: Hansel and Gretel

In preparation for a visit to our brand new production of Hansel and Gretel, Opera North is offering schools the opportunity to book an in-school workshop designed to introduce pupils to the plot, characters, music and themes of the opera. Choose between a half day or full day workshop, led by a professional director and musician.

As part of this offer, you will also be able to access online resources to use in the classroom, as well as tickets to the schools’ matinee performance.

When and where: Workshops available to book between Feb-Mar 2017 (in line with the schools’ matinee touring weeks)

£550 Full Day Workshop (4 hours) – fee includes up to 35 tickets to the schools’ matinee
£400 Half Day Workshop (2 hours) – fee includes up to 35 tickets to the schools’ matinee

How to book:
Contact or call 0113 223 3520. Workshops are subject to availability and offered on a first-come, first-served basis

Hansel and Gretel Resource Pack 


Get in touch

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

Newsletter Sign up