Our history

In 2000, a resident of the Passage (a homeless night shelter) read out a quote from a politician in the newspaper, saying that 'the homeless are the people you step over coming out of the Opera House'.

The comment made some people angry whilst others saw it as an opportunity - if homeless people were in an opera it would challenge the public's attitude to homelessness. It would shine the spotlight on achievement rather than need and turn stigma into celebration.

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About us

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community, we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.


Streetwise Opera has an extensive programme of workshops, performances, theatre trips and events taking place all year. We work in partnership with Crisis Skylight and English National Opera.