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19th May 2023

Packed Programme for NI Opera Outreach Week

Northern Ireland Opera return to the Grand Opera House, Belfast, this September with a highly anticipated staging of Pucinni’s thrilling Opera, ToscaThe Theatre will also play host to an exciting Outreach Week which will see the organisation deliver a series of free public workshops and talks, and engagement with community groups and schools.

Founded in 2010, Northern Ireland Opera is Northern Ireland’s award-winning national opera company. With a philosophy of artistic excellence and risk-taking, underpinned by a bold and imaginative approach to programming and productions, Northern Ireland Opera is committed to the idea of opera as a uniquely enriching ‘total’ art form and one which should be open to everyone.

Through a modern but accessible production style, an emphasis on local participation and young people, and inexpensive ticket prices, the company has broadened the audience for opera in a region where there has been historic under-provision and where the arts are uniquely placed to foster relations between communities. In only thirteen years, the company’s energy, ideas and high artistic standards have led to national critical acclaim and an international profile.

The Northern Ireland Opera Outreach Week has been facilitated in part by the Grand Opera House Creative Learning team who are excited to be working with this award-winning national opera company once more.

Below is a list of the community-based events that make up Northern Ireland Opera’s diverse programme. If you are part of a community group or School that would like to participate in any of the below events, please email: lwalton@goh.co.uk.

Free workshops and events open to the general public will be announced later this summer.



Tuesday 05 September – 12.30 pm & 1.30 pm

Opera meets Hip Hop in this exciting new activity led by OC Crew choreographer Óran Clarke.

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Dance, Sing & Design

Wednesday 06 September – 10.15 am, 11.10 am, 12.25 pm & 1. 20 pm

NI Opera presents a series of workshop sessions exploring movement and dance, singing and theatre design skills, designed for P4-P6 pupils.

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Drama & Art

Thursday 07 September – 10.15 am

Come and learn about sets, props and costuming that help tell the stories you see on stage with NI Opera’s specialist creatives in this workshop exploring the practical ways in which art and craft skills are used to help bring an opera to the stage.

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Les Miserables: Come and Sing

Friday 08 September – 10.30 am 

This live interactive experience allows Alevel Music students the opportunity to hear and perform One Day More from the hit musical Les Misérables.

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Mozart Requiem: Come and Sing

Friday 08 September – 1 pm

This live interactive experience gives ALevel Music students the opportunity to hear and perform Mozart’s Requiem.

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