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Since 2010 Northern Ireland Opera has designed inspiring and inclusive education and outreach activities for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

Northern Ireland Opera is an opera company unlike any other. At the heart of the country’s cultural life, we bring to the stage innovative new productions of the highest artistic quality, reflecting the people, history and landscape of the area. We champion the amazing creative artists born on the island of Ireland, and support the most promising young opera talent by providing opportunities to perform in our productions.

At the core of Northern Ireland Opera’s mission is the belief that people of all ages and from all backgrounds are entitled to experience the heart pumping drama, the spell-binding designs and mesmerising live music that in combination makes opera ‘the total art form’.

Since 2010 we have successfully designed an inspiring and inclusive portfolio of education and outreach activities. We have established relationships with educators throughout the province, delivering opera workshops in preparation for new audiences coming to see our fully staged professional productions. We have created outreach programmes to bring music and theatre to some of the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland, including disadvantaged teenagers, sick children in hospital and communities in areas of social & economic deprivation. We have worked passionately in partnership with local arts organisations and opera industry experts to create enriching projects & recitals that support our creative landscape, igniting every participant’s imagination.

We’ll be posting a news item shortly on our activities around our most recent production of ‘Die Fledermaus’ (September 2019) but here’s a short clip of one of our free events: ‘The Bat Ball‘; a free morning of crafting, dressing-up,  singing and dancing to the music of ‘Die Fledermaus’ for Key Stage 2 children.

Previous projects include:

Die Fledermaus: Outreach Week September 2019

Pamplemousse: Schools workshops and N.I. tour.

Sweeney Todd: Workshops and resource pack

Rigoletto Workshops

Little Lullabies

Our Grand Voices!

Radamisto Schools Workshops

There are exciting opportunities for everyone to engage with Northern Ireland Opera.

To discover & discuss a project with Northern Ireland Opera’s Outreach and Education initiatives, please contact us at or call us on +44 (0)28 9027 7734