Experience the raw and authentic passion of our Opera Hours

We are thrilled to announce our joyful and refreshing Opera Hour series with performances in Gateshead, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Teesside in March 2019.

The Opera Hour series focuses on the raw and authentic passion and epic emotions that can be found not only in opera, but also in everyday life.

Mark Oldfield, Creative Director of Workshops at Streetwise Opera, said:

“You don’t have to speak Italian; you don’t need to know all the back story, and you certainly don’t need to read music to feel the passion in ‘Nessun dorma’ or other opera arias. With these inspiring performances we want to show people that opera can be for everyone.”

Scenes from world-famous operas by Puccini, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, and others will be presented with spirit, boldness and fun by the performers of Streetwise Opera, supported by music ensembles. The Opera Hour series includes five performances:

• Friday 1 March at Middlesbrough Town Hall ** SOLD OUT **
• Thursday 21 March at Sage Gateshead ** SOLD OUT **
• Thursday 21 March at Nottingham Trent University ** SOLD OUT **
• Friday 22 March at Southbank Centre
• Tuesday 26 March at Royal Northern College of Music ** SOLD OUT **

All events are free to attend, and audiences may pay what they feel to support Streetwise Opera. The events in Gateshead, Manchester, Nottingham and Teesside do require online booking.

The performances feature the world-premieres of five opera choruses created by Streetwise Opera’s Composers in Residence, working with participants in Streetwise Opera workshops:

• ‘Commuters’ by Aurora Nishevci, Composer in Residence in London
• ‘Re-Union’ by Emily Levy, Composer in Residence in Manchester
• ‘Hestia Returns’ by Ian Stephenson, Composer in Residence in Newcastle and Gateshead
• ‘The Wedding’ by David Wilson, Composer in Residence in Nottingham
• ‘After the Storm’ by Hayley Jenkins, Composer in Residence in Teesside

Bridget Rennie, Co-Executive Director of Streetwise Opera, said:

“These pieces capture the joy, pride and courage of our performers and their communities, and they are a testament to the creativity and passion of people who are or have been homeless. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, including those who have faced life’s most difficult challenges.”

Germaine Nyack, a performer with Streetwise Opera in London, said:

“We are all very excited about these Opera Hours. Streetwise Opera is always a lifeline for me, something that gives me focus during the week. Having the opportunity to perform is very important, because it allows me to rebuild my self-esteem. Problems and trials in life knock you down all the time, and being able to perform allows me to recover and to have the confidence to speak my mind.”

The Opera Hour series is possible thanks to the generous support of PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, Arts Council England, RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and all of our Big Give Christmas Challenge Supporters.

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