Outreach Week for ‘Die Fledermaus’
Northern Ireland Opera’s outreach week took place in September, giving young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds from across the city of Belfast the opportunity to access and experience opera, music and educational workshops in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Primary school children from nine different schools came into the Opera House to take part in workshops exploring sound, music, acting and power poses. Drama students from local secondary schools had the opportunity to meet one of our NI Opera Studio artists, Margaret Bridge, who taught some vocal techniques and performed a solo from the operetta for them. Many of the children then had the opportunity to watch a rehearsal and/or attend our full dress rehearsal for ‘Die Fledermaus’ at the end of Outreach Week.
Our free ‘Bat Ball’ was a great success: a morning of singing, dancing, crafting and performing for children aged 7 -11 from across the city: watch a clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axc8bRtaDPw We also held a ‘Die Fledermaus’ Come and Sing event, free to all, where amateur singers and choir members joined us and learned popular choruses from ‘Die Fledermaus’ and other operettas, then performed them with soloists from the NI Opera Studio in a short concert.
For the second year running, we opened our dress rehearsal up free to a wide range of schools, youth and community groups and charities, who all had the opportunity to watch a full performance of ‘Die Fledermaus’ in the beautiful Grand Opera House. This was a fantastic afternoon, with many of the audience watching their first ever opera: watch our vox pops to see some of the reactions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkXcughw9Bk
Here’s a small selection of photographs from some of the events during the course of the week: