Playground Opera makes opera accessible, shows young people that it is entertaining and thought-provoking, and provides an exciting first experience of opera. We partner with schools in areas of rural or economic deprivation, where children have little access to high-quality culture.
Back by popular demand from 2022, our 2023 Playground Opera turned Bizet’s famous opera Carmen into The Downfall of Don José – a cautionary tale of the terrible decisions made by Don José. We visited schools in rural Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire: in ten schools, 449 students attended workshops and performed in the opera and 1,215 children watched the performance.
- 100% of schools believed that this project exceeded their expectations in quality and enjoyment, and learning something new
- 100% of schools would like us to return with another Playground Opera
- 100% of schools would recommend us to other schools.