Take Part

Streetwise Opera runs fun, accessible workshops that take place in homeless centres and arts venues in five cities across England. All of our activities are open to people that are or have been homeless. They are free to attend and there are never any auditions. Sessions are led by specially trained, professional singers.

Workshops in homeless centres are a key element of the support that centres offer,  to help people who are homeless rebuild their lives and find a more positive future. Our sessions at arts venues are for people who have moved on from homeless centres looking for a fun way to boost their confidence, learn new skills and integrate into their local communities. 

Additionally, Streetwise Opera offers:

- Theatre trips
- Performance opportunities
- Other creative activites
- Volunteering opportunities
- Professional opera productions

The sessions at homeless centre include:

- Fun vocal and physical warm-ups
- The story and plot of an opera
- Main choruses and arias
- Acting skills and characterisation
- Learning by ear – people don’t have to be able to read music
- Simple staging and acting of scenes from an opera

Our workshops in homeless centrees run for 48 weeks of the year so people can drop in and out depending on their current situation; new people can be welcomed into the group at any time.

Our sessions at arts venues cover all of the above plus:

- One 'opera project' each term
- Focus on performance skills
- Opportunities to volunteer, gain work experience and take more responsibility in the group

These sessions run in termly projects with new people able to join in the first six weeks of each term.

If you want to attend a workshop, or you wish to arrange for someone else to attend, please contact our regional programme producers in:

Newcastle / Gateshead


Meet the performer

'I'm Maria and I’ve been coming to Streetwise Opera since January 2007. My favourite piece of music is Miserere by Allegri - it’s cute, short and I like singing in Latin!

'Streetwise is exciting, fun and educational. I come to the workshops because it gets me out of the house for a few hours. I get to act and to practise how to perform to a live audience. I really like the live shows - I feed off the audience.

'If you’re thinking of coming along I’d say don’t think about it, just get here. Have fun and let it all hang out.'