Playground Opera makes opera accessible, shows young people that it is entertaining and thought-provoking, and provides an exciting first experience of opera. We partnered with schools in areas of rural or economic deprivation, where children have little access to high-quality culture.
With fewer restrictions this year, we spent a whole day at each school, involving 1,500 students throughout the process. The 2022 production was a specially written version of Carmen: The Downfall of Don José, abridged to include the essence of the story, some of the most iconic music, and aligned with school values.
We visited ten schools; ranging from a large inner-city Academy in Gloucester, a middle school in Redditch, and a South Warwickshire special education needs school, to our local rural school in Longborough.