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Opera is the only art form that has it all: music, movement, drama and design. That makes it a brilliant source of inspiration for teachers and students.

Every autumn Glyndebourne Performance for Schools give students a taste of the emotion, spectacle and intensity of full-length, fully staged opera.

It’s an experience that lives long in the memory and can inspire projects back in the classroom.

That was the case for pupils from Mark Cross Primary School in Crowborough who attended a Performance for Schools of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 2015.

‘Everything there to inspire’

Headteacher Amanda Gander-Miller explains: ‘Taking the children to the opera was one of the most incredible experiences I have had as a teacher. They were completely entranced by everything; the staging, the singing, the costumes. Everything was there to inspire them and to show what “world class” truly can be.’

‘The children were then inspired to produce outstanding art work during sessions with Sally Johnson from Brighton University. Their beautiful work reflects the quality, creativity and amazing attention to detail which we experienced and also enabled them to further develop their own artistic skills. A fabulous experience all round!’


Portfolios of artwork inspired by Glyndebourne’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

The pupils work took inspiration from key features of the production, including the colours, patterns and props seen on stage.


Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tour 2015. Credit: Clive Barda


Artwork inspired by Glyndebourne’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.


Artwork inspired by Glyndebourne’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.


Artwork inspired by Glyndebourne’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

As well as developing their creativity, giving children experience of live opera can familiarise them with the conventions of the art form, making them more likely to engage with opera again in the future.

‘Glyndebourne was a wonderful experience for the whole class. The entire production was in german so there were subtitles on a screen – which made it easier to understand!’
Ellie M

‘The Abduction of the Seraglio was amazing! After the interval we bumped into some of the actors and they were still in character.’
Eliza

Upcoming Performances for Schools

Since 2006 more than 20,000 students have had a live opera experience through Performances for Schools.

In 2016 there will be a Performance for Schools of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne on Wednesday 2 November. Booking for local schools is open nowapply by Friday 27 May.


Performances for Schools are funded through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme. Donations made to the NGP are invested significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.