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

What's on

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Service of Commemoration
9 November 2023   —  
London
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Streetwise Opera and Friends
7 November 2023   —  
London
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Gavin Bryars' 80th birthday celebrations
9 November 2023   —  
London

“At the time that I have nothing, I still have my artistry. I still have my creativity. I still have my talent. And if that’s going to get me from homelessness to where I need to be, then I’m going to hone that, and Streetwise Opera is the perfect place for that.”

— Streetwise Opera performer

News & blogs

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Vacancy: Nottingham Regional Producer
21 September 2023
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Re:Discover directors call-out
7 September 2023
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Do something incredible with us
4 September 2023

“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

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'

“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

“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