Opera for All - Garsington by the sea

Opera for All 2015

As December approaches, the Opera for All programme looks forward to 2016 and its second year in delivering free screenings and creative workshops within rural coastal areas of the UK.

This season we will take the fabulous production of Eugene Onegin as our focus for the work, with the first of our projects taking place in Skegness before Christmas. The project builds on an incredible first year in which we worked in collaboration with local authority and cultural partners in Skegness, Grimsby, Thanet and Marlow, providing opportunities for young people and communities to experience, explore and interrogate the art of opera. In 2015 the project has worked with over 1000 young people through creative residencies at both primary and secondary schools. For the students in each of the 25 schools, the experience of working alongside a team of professional artists to create and perform their own pieces of work, based on Cosi fan tutte, was unique and memorable.

For many it was their first experience of live professional singing, and certainly challenged their expectations as to what opera is. They explored the ideas of loyalty and friendship, love and forgiveness. One student performance took the opera forward a year to tell the story of the four lovers as it may have panned out in their eyes. Singing and performing alongside members of Garsington's Chorus this young group were just as professional, owning their parts completely. In 2016 we are very pleased to be returning to each of these areas to develop and expand both the residency programme, and the free public screening events. We will also be looking to collaborate with an additional local authority in Somerset.