Jackdaws OperaPLUS brings together a team of opera singers and school children to create performances of classic operas, semi-staged and sung in English. In Spring 2020, OperaPLUS will be working on Rossini’s The Stylist of Somerset (aka The Barber of Seville) culminating in tour of performances in locations across Somerset.
Opera – The Singers
A residential course for professional opera singers, who work to develop their workshop leadership skills alongside interpreting and performing a full role with Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg and Audrey Hyland. Saffron has directed for ENO, Garden Opera, Mid Wales Opera and at the Royal College of Music, and Audrey is the Deputy Director of Vocal & Opera at the RCM.
PLUS – The Children
A primary feature of the OperaPLUS project is that singers work with local Somerset schools in workshops and then they all perform together to an audience of family and friends, giving children the chance to be a part of the magical performance. Providing a unique platform for the performers to gain skills and experience and offering children exposure and opportunity to experience opera first-hand.
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.
In the past, the project has produced performances of the The Team Mascot (also known as Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment), 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.