On Wednesday 22nd October Opera North welcomed over 22 schools and community groups to the matinee performance of The Bartered Bride at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Over 600 children attended this exclusive performance, many of whom experienced live opera for the first time, here's what they had to say:
'I couldn’t pick out just one bit that I liked, I thought all of it was exceptional. I think if I practice every day, I will be as good as that' – Nicole (9)
'We have been learning this in school so we already know it really well. That makes us enjoy it more' – Ebony (9)
'It was really good to hear the overture, especially to see all the musicians' – Lilly-Anne (8)
'I’ve never seen even a musical before so this is my first experience of theatre. I thought I wouldn’t get it, but it’s really good!' – Alice (14)
'We’ve been to see Carmen before at the Royal Opera House, but this is really different. The story is more relatable and I thought it was all really easy to understand' – Megan (14)
It was really lively' – Judy (14)
'I thought it was impressive when all the singers were on stage at once' – Kievy (13)
'I really liked the costumes' – Amy (12)
'I didn’t really get the story at first, but thanks to the subtitles I got it in the end!' – John (16)
'It was really fun and I would definitely watch opera again' – Megan (15)
'I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m really enjoying it' - Joel (13)
Cast members Brenden Gunnell (Jenik) and Kate Valentine (Marenka) with young people from Immanuel College, Bradford and Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, ahead of the performance.
The auditorium at Leeds Grand Theatre filled with young people from schools groups ahead of Opera North’s Schools Performance of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.
Cast members Brenden Gunnell (Jenik) and Kate Valentine (Marenka) with young people from Immanuel College, Bradford ahead of the performance.
The auditorium and orchestra pit at Leeds Grand Theatre filled with young people from schools groups ahead of Opera North’s Schools Performance of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.
The Bartered Bride continues on tour at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Nottingham Royal Centre and Newcastle Theatre Royal. For more information and to book tickets, click here. To find out more about our Education Department and how to get involved, click here.
Photo Credit: Tom Arber