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In Summer 2016, a group of young people interested in music, performance and design came together from 23 schools across London and beyond to create a new piece of work inspired by ENO’s production of Jenůfa.

Through a series of introductory in-school workshops, we explored Janáček’s music, the story and moral dilemmas at the heart of the opera that had resonance for each group.

A special on stage event at the London Coliseum provided the chance to walk on the set, meet conductor Mark Wigglesworth, principal singers and members of the stage crew before watching the performance.

The youth company then assembled in ENO’s rehearsal studios for an intensive 5 days in July to work with a team of professional artists to learn extracts from the opera, create their own original lyrics, compose songs, devise staging ideas and create set, props and costume elements.


Young people from Kingsbury High School, one of our Opera Squad partner schools, supported the Baylis team as assistant producers/stage managers. Read about their week.

In partnership with Brixton Youth Theatre, Raw Material and The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art & Design Saturday Club programme.

With thanks to our generous supporters Sue Sheridan OBE, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No.2 Trust and the Charities Advisory Trust.