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Bringing the creativity and music of opera to our community

Our outreach work with communities across Northern Ireland since our foundation in 2010 has been extensive and we have worked with a huge range of charities, youth and community groups to bring opera and singing across the country as well as bringing people in to events, workshops and open dress rehearsals to experience opera often for the first time. Find out more about some of our projects for 2021/22 below.

‘Creative Carlisle’ Skills Expo November 2022

NI Opera and the Belfast Buildings Trust are holding two events in North Belfast at the Crumlin Road Gaol, showcasing theatre and opera making skills as part of a wider programme exploring potential future uses which include the local community for the partly-restored Carlisle Memorial Church in which NI Opera have performed The Belfast Opera, La Boheme and created our award-winning film, Old Friends and Other Days’. Find out more by clicking here.

Glenarm Festival of Voice Outreach 2022

This year we’ve a full day of children’s musical and creative activities planned for our annual festival of singing in the coastal village of Glenarm. From singing workshops and taster sessions to storytelling and arts and crafts there’s something available for children of all ages and it’s free! Find out more by clicking here.

‘La Traviata’ Outreach Week 2022

Our Outreach Week in the Grand Opera House is back in 2022, following highly successful events in 2018 and 2019. From 5-9 September, we’ll be holding creative workshops, pop-up performances, ‘Come and Sing’ events, Ulster Scots and Irish Song recitals and workshops and our much loved Open Dress Rehearsal for community, youth and school groups from Belfast and beyond. Find out more by watching our highlight video.

Sundays at the Maritime Mile

Throughout the spring and early summer, we’ve been taking part in weekly pop-up performances along Belfast’s historic Maritime Mile, bringing free recitals of opera and musical theatre to new audiences. From the Drawing Room where Titanic was designed to the SoundYard sculpture, from the deck of SS Nomadic to a pop up at St Joseph’s Church in Sailortown, find out more by clicking here.

The Associate Artists Programme

During the pandemic in 2020 we created a new development programme, The Associate Artists, with the vision that they would be able to create and deliver opera and musical events across Northern Ireland. This programme was so successful that it is now a permanent part of Northern Ireland Opera and you can find out more about the Associate Artists by clicking here.

‘Nobody/Somebody’Teen/Young Adult Opera Commission

In 2021 we received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to commission an exciting new work designed for a teen/young adult audience. We are working with writer Finn Kennedy and composer Neil Martin and a group of young activists to create a brand new opera which will highlight the issues facing these young people who are all experiencing housing stress or homelessness. The opera will be workshopped as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival organised by Young at Art in February 2022 and will be performed by the Ulster Youth Orchestra. Find out more by clicking here.