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Make opera accessible

Help us make opera accessible by supporting one of our learning, participation or community programmes.

ENO Baylis, our learning and participation team, are integral to our belief opera should be accessible to everyone.

We offer learning opportunities to all ages, access for people who would not normally consider opera and enriching experiences for audiences.

We also nurture careers of creative British talent and support research and development for the future of the art form.

Primary schools and families (5-11 year olds)

We offer opportunities for primary school aged children and their families to experience music, drama and art through free to access activities to foster positive experiences of opera.

Secondary schools and youth organisations (11-18 year olds)

Working with schools and youth groups in both formal and informal settings, we inspire curiosity and respect for opera, offering an exploration of the varied disciplines that combine to make opera, and the opportunity to respond.  We nurture talent and make visible pathways to higher education, training and career opportunities.

Higher education and young professionals (18-25 year olds)

We allow young creatives studying a range of disciplines to explore opera through research, creative projects and skills training.  We connect with emerging creative, performing, technical and administrative talent to develop their artistic curiosity while demonstrating the wide variety of career routes into the arts.

Connecting communities

We proactively reach out to the widest possible audience, including community groups who do not normally engage with opera; building relationships, trust and creativity in adults.  We also provide learning and enrichment opportunities for our existing audiences.

Community music making

We support amateur singers to develop their confidence, vocal and performance skills through workshops and a non-auditioned choir that explores operatic and music theatre repertoire. Working in partnership with professional singers and hard to reach groups, our programme brings together disparate community groups to connect through singing.

Enhancing audience experience

We curate a programme of discussions and events that will bring together audiences, performers, creative teams and cultural experts to explore the repertoire of ENO for opera lovers.

Nurturing creative talent

We offer professional development for emerging creative, performing, technical and administrative talent through training courses, Fellowships, work placements and apprenticeships.

Research and development

With strategic partnerships across higher education, arts organisations and the creative industries, we support the future of opera as an art form by facilitating the vision of creative teams and supporting the exploration of pioneering working practices for the arts.

Supporting our learning and participation work

If you would like to contribute towards our learning and participation programmes, please donate. 

For further information on how you can support Learning and Participation at ENO, please contact Rebecca Mychael at [email protected] call 020 7845 9331.