Music Teacher Awards OperaPLUS

On 25 February 2016, Jackdaws was presented with the Music Teacher Magazine Award for Excellence for “Best Classical Music Education Initiative” for OperaPLUS. We want to thank everybody who voted and supports our Education work. This is a huge achievement and means a lot to us. Read the full story.

The OperaPLUS project brings together a team of aspiring opera singers and primary school children to create performances of classic operas, semi-staged and sung in English. In Spring 2018, OperaPLUS will be working on Donizetti’s The Team Mascot (aka Daughter of the Regiment) culminating in tour of five performances in locations across Somerset and Wiltshire.

Opera – The Singers

A residential course for aspiring opera singers, who work intensively on the characters, interpretation and music on site with Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg and Audrey Hyland. Saffron has directed for ENO, Garden Opera, Mid Wales Opera and at the Royal Academy of Music, and Audrey is a Royal Academy professor and vocal coach on the Royal Opera House young artist programme.

PLUS – The Children

A primary feature of the OperaPLUS project is that singers work with local Somerset schools in workshops, giving children the chance to be a part of the magical performance. To mutual benefit, this provides a unique platform for the performers to gain skills and experience in devising and leading workshops and frequently offers children what might be their only exposure and opportunity to experience opera first-hand.

Previous Years

In the past, the project has produced performances of the Stylist of Somerset (also known as Rossini’s Barber of Seville), Handel’s Semele, Cinderella (La Cenerentola – Rossini), Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Mozart’s Magic Flute and Così fan Tutte.

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