Next week our OPUS 2 and OPUS 3 out-of-school arts projects start again. Young people aged between 11 and 18 will come along and get a taste of what the project is about with our two taster sessions.

Opera North Education have been running these projects since 2007 and every year has a different, distinct flavour and this is what I find most exciting about OPUS, it’s not just about one thing. As well as working with artists on a weekly basis, there are also guest slots for other artists to come and share their skills with the group. Last year saw fight director Ran Braun lead a session based on the fight choreography in Carmen! So, one week might be focussed on singing, the next on devising a group drama piece, another session might be a guest slot for a film maker or a contemporary dancer.

OPUS also manages to bring a wide variety of young people together with different interests, tastes and experiences. The project is for anyone keen to explore everything that the arts have to offer. It’s not the quality of skills that matter, but the quality of ideas and a willingness to learn and try new things. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to find out about all the different art forms and skills that go in to producing an opera including, composition, writing, set and costume design, choreography, even lighting, sound and stage management.

To book on to a taster session, come along and enjoy and then decide whether to join the project. There are taster sessions on Monday 17th and Tuesday 25th October. For more information email

Oh, and did I mention that OPUS members get to go and see live theatre, opera, dance, go to exhibitions and events? And all for free!

Alex Bradshaw
Senior Education Producer, Opera North