The Opera North Future Fund enables Opera North to continue its bold and ambitious artistic programme and extend work into new areas, across higher education, community engagement and audience development.

Since its creation in 2009, the Future Fund has supported over 50 projects. The breadth of support has included the highly acclaimed production of the Ring cycle, a collaboration with the British Council delivering work in Mumbai and the creation of the first post-graduate diploma in music education, in partnership with the University of Leeds, University of Auckland and New Zealand Opera.

The Trustees of the Opera North Future Fund help to support Opera North’s vision of delivering work to the widest possible audiences. Together they ensure all financial support is used wisely and efficiently.

To make a donation or to learn more about becoming a Trustee of the Opera North Future Fund, contact Head of Development, Liz Draper at

Recent projects supported by the Future Fund

In Harmony Opera North (2013-present)

In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency programme taking place at three schools in south Leeds; it involves over 1100 children in full-time education.

With the support of the Opera North Future Fund, the Company’s Education department delivers an inclusive programme of high quality music education and performance opportunities in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to engage with the arts and, through doing so, benefit from a range of wider outcomes.

“[In Harmony] has brought communities together and acts as the unifying theatre in the tapestry of our ongoing achieves. Levels of parental engagement have soared over the term of the project and relationships across our school communities are fantastic.”

– Andy Gamble, Executive Headteacher, Low Road and Windmill Music Federation

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The Ring cycle (2016)

In the summer of 2016 Opera North staged six Ring cycles, touring the UK, including the Southbank Centre in London, playing to audiences of over 35,000 people. The project was delivered with the very significant support of the Opera North Future Fund.

“The financial support we have received has been overwhelming! The Ring is the biggest thing the Company has ever done. Your generosity has made it possible. Thank you.”

– Richard Farnes, Music Director 2004-2016

The Ring cycle is now available to everyone online, in full, for free.

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