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Continuing its long history of commitment to increasing accessibility through the education of its audience, Carl Rosa Opera today still strives to increase their audience’s understanding and enjoyment of opera through a wide programme of activities.

In Performance:
Through a variety of performances of mixed repertoire by Carl Rosa Opera, the company are able to accommodate special performances and events aimed at audiences wishing to gain further insight into the world of opera. Recent examples of this have included special matinee performances for Friends of Carl Rosa, pre-show discussions, educational talks on the creation of an opera company, audience participation through ‘sing-along’ sessions and backstage tours.

In Schools:
Carl Rosa Opera offers unique participation workshops for key stage 2 and 3 pupils focusing on the world of opera, themes deriving from a particular production and the opportunity to learn a short ensemble piece from the opera, offering young pupils an opportunity to understand the art within their school environment. This autumn our educational programme based around The Pirates of Penzance will include an interactive presentation from members of the company, a schools-based music and drama workshop as well as a hands-on visit to the theatre with the opportunity to watch a professional performance which aims to enhance drama, music, creative thinking and performance skills. Supported by a grants from The Ernest Cook Trust and Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, the programme will continue into the spring 2010.

In the Community:
Based in the East End of London, Carl Rosa Opera plans to investigate new ways of engaging with the local community through local festivals such as ‘Spitalfields Festival’ and the Hackney ‘Spice Festival’, as well as strengthening its partnership with the Hackney Empire theatre. Working within the local community to bring opera to a wider audience, Carl Rosa Opera plans to develop a number of community-participation projects based within the Hackney borough.

All activities are enhanced and development by experts in the field of education, opera, drama and music and where possible each programme will utilise the expertise within the professional Carl Rosa Opera company. For more information please email

Carl Rosa Workshop with NYT students, 2008

Carl Rosa Jane Quinn, Carl Rosa Opera

Carl Rosa Workshop with NYT students, 2008