Our multi-discipline programme for secondary schools is inspired by ENO's artistic programme.
Our programme opens up the music, staging and ideas behind productions, prepares groups to see work at the London Coliseum, and supports curriculum learning and creative skills development.
We nurture talent, critical thinking and creativity, and inspire curiosity for opera and its component parts, as part of our commitment to diversity within the sector (on and off stage) and within our audiences.
We work closely with secondary schools across London in a variety of ways, tailoring activities to respond to each school's needs. Our programme includes:
Our flagship programme takes musicians and singers directly into schools to introduce the whole school to live music and opera. Find out more about Opera Squad >
Visits to the London Coliseum: talks and tours
Our talks and tours support curriculum modules for students studying vocational performing arts, music or technical theatre courses (A-level, BTEC courses). Site visits at the London Coliseum are tailored offer students an insight into working in the performing arts, both behind the scenes and on stage as well as highlighting career pathways in the performing arts.
Led by ENO artists to celebrate the component parts of opera, making connections between opera and other art forms, stimulating critical and creative thinking, communication and collaborative skills and using opera as a means to reflect on and make sense of the world we live in.
Some projects take the form of stimulus workshops on specific productions for teachers and student groups to enrich course modules taught within the curriculum (for example, art, design, drama, music, English, citizenship).
CPD workshops for teachers (music, drama, art/design); vocal coaching and singing workshops to support individuals and school choirs masterclasses and mentoring to support music students and school orchestras and help prepare for performance exams.
We offer individual work experience for studentsinterested in a career in the performing arts, ranging from artistic, technical and administrative roles. Find out more about work experience at ENO >
Opera Squad is ENO's flagship programme in which our musicians and singers take over whole schools in a one-day programme of pop up performance and workshops, introducing young people from a wide range of backgrounds to opera.
Students across the school have the unique opportunity to hear professional opera singers at close hand, and take part in music/drama workshops and Q&A discussions with the Opera Squad team of singers, musicians and a director.
Opera Squad 2015 pilots a new version of the previous programme, shifting the focus away from orchestral music to singing and performance, with the opportunity to tailor the visit to the needs and interests of each host school.
For any enquiries about Opera Squad, please get in touch with ENO Baylis, our learning and participation team at email@example.com
Since 2011, ENO Opera Squad has performed to over 11,500 young people in 81 schools across London.
ENO offers brilliant experiences for state-funded school groups at affordable prices through our Enjoy Opera scheme.
Enjoy Opera is English National Opera’s discounted ticket scheme for state-funded school groups. It offers school groups the opportunity to attend ENO productions at the London Coliseum for only £8 a ticket.
We hope you will be tempted to bring a group to our beautiful theatre in the heart of London’s West End - find out more about Enjoy Opera >
ENO Opera Squad partner schools can access free tickets to our dress rehearsals. To find out more, please firstname.lastname@example.org
What you see on the stage is only a small part of what goes on at ENO. This film of the inside workings of the London Coliseum explains how productions come to the stage from the moment they are chosen right through to the first night.
How to stage an opera
We take a look at the careers available in the performing arts industry by introducing some of the behind the scenes faces at ENO.
Megan, our head milliner
Paul, our prop workshop manager
Vanessa, our wigs and make up manager
Jacey, our head of sound
Rosie, our stage manager
In February 2015 we brought together a group of young people from Lambeth to create a new performance piece inspired by the ENO production of Purcell's The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars.
'Working with a team of professional artists over six days, the young people created their own response to the opera, exploring themes that resonated with the group.
The resulting piece included staged extracts of music and text from the opera, interwoven with original music, lyrics, spoken word and dance, created by the company of young people during the project.
The project was led by Director Freya Wynn-Jones and Composer/Music Director Pete Letanka, and was developed in partnership with Raw Material and Brixton Youth Theatre.
ENO Opera Works alumnus, soprano Lucy Knight, joined the group to rehearse and perform alongside them. Designer Emma Wee worked with the young people and a group of design assistants from 198 Gallery to create the set and costumes.