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Playground Opera

What is Playground Opera?

Playground Opera is Longborough Festival Opera's project to bring opera into schools.

Launched in 2021, Playground Opera is part of our ongoing programme to make great opera accessible to a younger audience, fully immersing them into the plots and music with participation and preparation.

Our emerging artists and musicians perform in the playgrounds of local state schools during the summer term. Last year we reached over 1500 school children aged 4-18 across 14 schools.

Take part in 2022

In 2022 we will be touring a specially adapted performance of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen - full of rollicking good tunes you'll all recognise, characters you'll never forget and a plot with more twists than a curly wurly.

Yes, the story is dark, (of course.. it's opera) but we will incorporate humour and wisdom as well as a few gory moments to satisfy a child's desire for the macabre.

Playground Opera Don Jose

Playground Opera: The Downfall of Don José

Find out more about our 2022 tour of this specially adapted performance of Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen.

What you've missed

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2021 - Hansel and Gretel

During 2021, our small-scale production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel visited 14 state schools across the surrounding counties, reaching over 1,400 children aged 5-14. Designed for outdoor playground performances, this vibrant production was a Covid-safe way to bring back opera into schools and re-engage children in the social, cultural and health benefits of singing together.