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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. Contact us if you’d like to get involved.

Northern Ireland Opera bring innovative new productions of the highest artistic quality to the stage, 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 country, delivering opera workshops in preparation for new audiences coming to see our fully-staged professional productions. We hold an annual week-long summer scheme ‘The Singing Explorers’ as part of our Glenarm Festival of Voice each year, giving primary school children the opportunity to work with music educators for a full week before performing a concert as part of the Festival.  Our team have created outreach programmes to bring music and theatre to some of the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland, connecting with charities and youth groups in areas of social and economic deprivation. We have worked in partnership with local arts organisations and opera industry experts to create enriching projects and recitals that support our creative landscape, igniting every participant’s imagination.

Previous projects include:

Die Fledermaus: Outreach Week September 2019

Pamplemousse: Schools workshops and N.I. tour.

Sweeney Todd: Workshops and resource pack

Rigoletto Outreach Week

Little Lullabies

Our Grand Voices!

Radamisto Schools Workshops

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

To discover or 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

Click on the gallery below to see images of a wide range of our activities.