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'We're proud to be working with Streetwise Opera'

'We're proud to be working with Streetwise Opera'

Streetwise Opera's partnership with Royal Opera House is on its way to being a huge success, and we are both very excited to rekindle this partnership!

Performers will be taking part in a seven-week residency exploring Bizet's Carmen, culminating in a performance in the Paul Hamlyn Hall on 2nd August 2019.

Paul McGrail, a performer with Streetwise Opera, said:

‘It’s an honour and a privilege, besides being just a sheer delight, to go back to the Royal Opera House. Just going into the building is very special. It brings a bit of a buzz.’

Jillian Barker, Director of Learning and Participation at the Royal Opera House, said:

‘The ROH is delighted to reignite our valued relationship with Streetwise Opera. We look forward to welcoming them into our new spaces and exploring together the stories of our stages.’

We'll be keeping you updated on the residency at Royal Opera House and our performers' work exploring Bizet's Carmen.

Ever wondered what goes on at a Streetwise Opera workshop?

Ever wondered what goes on at a Streetwise Opera workshop?

Watch this video to hear some of our performers speak about their collaboration with The Sixteen and Genesis Sixteen. 

Together, they'll be performing at St Clement Danes Church on Saturday 20th July.

After their celebrated partnership in The Passion (2016), Streetwise Opera and UK-based choir and period instrument orchestra The Sixteen come together again to celebrate the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

This performance takes inspiration from Leonardo's life-long pursuit to overcome the limitations of human beings through curiosity, creativity and imagination.

The programme includes music from Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, and short pieces devised by participants in Streetwise Opera's weekly workshops at The Connection At St Martin's in London.

This event is part of The Sixteen's Sounds Sublime Festival.

This same programme will be performed on Tuesday 30 July 2019, at 2:30pm and 3:30pm, at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace.

Exploring protest, democracy and freedom of speech with Streetwise Opera

Exploring protest, democracy and freedom of speech with Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera has joined the Peterloo 2019 programme of events and activities across Greater Manchester to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Participants in our weekly workshops at Manchester Art Gallery have been working with composer Charlotte Marlow to create new protest songs that honour the spirit of public protest, the struggle for democracy and the fight against political repression.

Streetwise Opera will perform these new songs at Royal Northern College of Music with a community of Manchester-based creative artists, including MC Fox (Levelz, Swing Ting), che3kz, electronic composer/producer Mandy Wigby (aka Architects of Rosslyn), and the Ignition Orchestra, led by Katie Chatburn.

Protest Music, on Saturday 6 July at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, will explore three key themes: protest, democracy and freedom of speech. Fast forward 200 years from the Peterloo Massacre and these ideas still resonate strongly.