Streetwise Opera

We enable people who’ve experienced homelessness to find inspiration and empowerment while they rebuild their lives and identities.

“We are flying high and on top of the world! I look at my fellow performers. Our eyes are sparkling and our faces aglow with so much joy and pride! We are all-powerful and we can do anything!”

— Streetwise Opera performer

News & blogs

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Vacancy: Head of Fundraising (Maternity Cover)
24 July 2024
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Vacancy: Manchester Support Worker
10 June 2024
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Vacancy: London Regional Producer
7 June 2024

“There’s something lovely about knowing we’re all singing the same lines, at the same time; even though I’m having no contact with anyone at the moment, it makes me feel less alone. Also , it helps me to realise that you are all still there and still planning for projects we’ll do when this is over. When so many arts venues and projects are being shelved, it is a relief to know that you are still here. Streetwise is a really important part of my life.”
— Streetwise Opera performer

“I would’ve never gone across that door. I wouldn’t lift my head off the ground, I was that terrified. Now I’m able to lift my head up and think I’m proud of who I am.”

— Streetwise Opera performer

In the press

BBC One - Breakfast

The Guardian

‘I’m finding my voice’: the opera sung by once homeless people

BBC News

'How opera changed my life after homelessness'

“It’s given me a big lease of life, because when I started, I was in a real bad way, I shut myself away for about ten years, with depression. From that, to now, what Streetwise Opera has done for me… I’d be here all day explaining it, it’s really brought me out of my shell, given me a life, given me something to thrive for.”
— Streetwise Opera performer

“Opera really is for anyone and everyone. I spent my life thinking that I could never be part of that world. Until I came here.”

— Streetwise Opera performer