Write an Opera(WAO)

Provider: Royal Opera House Learning & Participation
£450.00 (no VAT on this item) Subsidized: teachers in England
£500.00 (no VAT on this item) Subsidized: teachers outside England
£1,600.00 (no VAT on this item) Actual value

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Description Write an Opera is a professional development programme for teachers. Following an intensive residential course in August, teachers lead an in-school project where the students devise and stage their own opera from scratch. Write an Opera equips teachers with the skills, resources and inspiration to support students’ learning across the curriculum through the arts and creativity
Duration 1 week

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

On the course, you will:
* Attend a week-long residential course with other teachers from across the UK in beautiful surroundings with good food!
* Work alongside professional artists with extensive arts education experience.
* Undertake practical workshops that introduce you to every aspect of devising and staging an original opera.
* Receive extensive written materials and other resources to support your understanding of the process.
* Have opportunities to explore your own creative development.

After the course, you will be able to help your pupils:
* Learn through experience as they collaborate on all the processes involved in creating and performing a piece of music theatre.
* Generate a new piece of music theatre or opera based on their own experiences and interests, leading to maximum involvement and sense of ownership.
* Take responsibility for devising the story, writing the text, composing the music, designing sets, costumes and lighting, marketing and performing their opera.
* Develop team and interpersonal skills as they form their own production company.
* Basing their roles on professional models, they will gain an understanding of the performing arts and a variety of possible arts careers.

Evidence underpinning this approach

Write an Opera has been recognised by the Socrates Comenius In-Service Education Programme for Teachers as a 'quality provider' of INSET. The programme is based on a co-creation approach, which is designed to boost creativity, confidence, teamwork and independent learning amongst participants.

How users/participants can evaluate success The provider has not supplied this information
Follow-up activities and support

Each organisation will receive two free follow-up workshops as well as a year-round offer of phone and online support from the Royal Opera House. Schools who participate in Write an Opera may also receive additional opportunities such a priority booking to Schools' Matinees.


The programme takes place over 8 days as part of a residential course. A typical day on the Write an Opera course is extremely full and busy, but also very fun and varied with a wide range of workshops including drama, music, design, lighting and singing. Workshops run throughout the day from 9am – 6pm (with regular tea breaks, and a lunch break). Most days also include an evening session that runs after dinner, approximately 7.30 – 9pm.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.