We work with higher education students across a range of disciplines, from music, theatre and design to animation, film, creative writing and technical, opening up the art form of opera.
Our higher education programme helps to nuture young talent through a range of activities, including discussions and talks, masterclasses and skills training workshops, creative projects that respond to our artistic programme, as well as placements within our technical and artistic departments.
For information on professional development training for singers, directors, composers and musicians, please see our development programmes.
Case study: Central Saint Martins
Inspired by a visit to Terry Gilliam's Benvenuto Cellini at the London Coliseum, students from Central Saint Martins’ MA course in Character Animation created short fiction animation films in response to productions in ENO’s Spring 2015 season.
The students took their inspiration from characters, plot/subplots, the specific direction and design concepts of the productions we are staging, and the socio-political context in which the operas were written.
All 40 students submitted proposals and 10 pitches were selected to be made in groups. The aim of the project was to engage young creatives with an artform they had had little exposure to, and to make visible career opportunities for using their animation skills within video design for performance.
The following animation by Emily Knight is inspired by La traviata, the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.
Emily says of the animation: "Inspired by the themes of La Traviata, the character of Violetta puts on one last show for her public, trying at first to resist and then ultimately allowing herself to succumb to her fate."
Case study: Between Worlds Barbican Lab
This Weekend Lab for writers, composers, singers, actors and directors, was produced in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and sought to explore the ideas and creative process behind the ENO’s new production Between Worlds.
The workshop included discussion and practical work, unpacking how the opera was conceived and created, and discussing the choices made in the retelling of this tragic event, as a springboard for creating short scenes to explore how text, music and staging ideas work together.
With composer Tansy Davies and writer Nick Drake, joined by director Deborah Warner and members of the Between Worlds company. Director Hazel Gould facilitated the workshop alongside the production’s creative team.
English National Opera and University College London (UCL) have entered into an exciting new partnership.
Launched in November 2014, the reciprocal partnership will explore how academics and artists can work together to shape the future of live performance.
Research projects across multiple departments within UCL will explore a variety of subjects and will look at the day-to-day working practices of one of the world’s leading opera houses, how audiences respond to opera, and the potential for new stage technology, digital interfaces and spaces for live performance.
As well as research projects, students will experience opera within modules inspired by ENO’s artistic programme, as well as through discussions, rehearsals and backstage visits.
Students will also be encouraged to make use of our ticket schemes, which allow students to experience live opera at the London Coliseum at a reduced price.
ENO offers brilliant experiences at affordable prices.
Access All Arias
Choose this if you: are a full-time student or under 30. Benefit from significant reductions when you register for our scheme.
Choose this if you: are curious about opera, but not sure where to start. Our Undressed nights are designed to give you the perfect introduction to opera. For just £25 you will get one of the best seats in the house, a pre-performance talk and entry to an aftershow party. We’re so confident that you’ll want to come back, that we also give you a discount off your next booking.
Tickets are limited to 200 per event on selected performances and sell very quickly.
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