Streetwise Opera is embarking on its first national, public-facing programme of work since 2019: Re:sound. We want our return to the stages in the regions in which we work – Manchester, Nottingham and London – to be dynamic, connected, inclusive and accessible.
Re:sound is a year-long festival, starting in April 2022, that will unite Streetwise Opera performers across London, Manchester and Nottingham; a musical exploration of the relationship between cities and the people who are affected by homelessness within them.
The festival will commission 9 new micro-operas – 3 in each city – to create short musical stories told through a fusion of animation, movement and live voices. Each new work will be co-created, composed and animated by a collection of extraordinary artists in collaboration with Streetwise Opera participants.
The micro-operas will be written and premiered in the three cities throughout Summer and Autumn 2022, before all nine micro-operas are united in live performances – resounding together – in London, Manchester and Nottingham in Spring 2023.
The festival seeks to invite audiences, Streetwise Opera participants and artists to be part of a year-long journey of new work creating a dialogue about homelessness and our cities and, in so doing, seeking to challenge perceptions of both homelessness and opera.
Streetwise Opera will be commissioning 9 composers for this project. We are looking for:
Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances. We therefore ask applicants to consider this when selecting the city they are applying to work within.
The selected composers will be working in a range of settings, including our arts partners and our homelessness partners (including hostels, day centres and refuges).
Each project will be delivered over 6 sessions. These 6 sessions will take place in one of two blocks; either April to July or September to December. The sessions within these blocks will be scheduled according to the mutual availability of our partners and the composers.
Each composer will receive a project fee of £1,750.00 which breaks down as follows:
|Composer fee (writing, notating, recording)||£1,000.00|
|6 sessions of delivery (including planning and meetings)||£750.00|
Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for local travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances.
|April – July 2022||Workshops to create micro-operas with Streetwise Opera participants in each city|
|September – December 2022||Workshops to create micro-operas with Streetwise Opera participants in each city|
|March 2023||Performances in each city of all 9 micro-operas|
Applications are now closed.
We will hold interviews (either in person or on Zoom) on the following dates:
Streetwise Opera seeks applications from all ages and backgrounds, including groups who are underrepresented in the arts and homelessness sectors, especially those who are ethnically diverse and/or disabled. To find out more, read our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy.
We particularly welcome applications from people who have been affected by homelessness. Those who can demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements, and have lived experience of homelessness, will be guaranteed an interview. Please ensure that you communicate this clearly in your application.