Royal Opera House − Create and Sing

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The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has been an epicentre of performance excellence for 300 years. For over forty years we have worked in education; providing high quality, bespoke programmes. Create and Sing: Carmen is a dramatic-singing programme for primary KS2 designed for, with and by teachers. The programme guides teachers and students through the story of Bizet's Carmen, equipping them with the skills, ideas and confidence to create their own opera right in the classroom, linking to the requirements of the music and other curriculum areas.

Our new strategy focuses on widening participation and deepening learning in support of the ROH's overall aim for many more people to enjoy and engage with exceptional ballet and opera. We want to ignite interest and passion in our artforms, open up opportunities for future talent and build a culturally literate and creative nation.

Jillian Barker, Director of Learning & Participation.


Create and Sing: Carmen

The programme includes…

  • A teacher CPD day with a director and vocal leader from the Royal Opera House
  • Bespoke schemes of work with learning outcomes and curriculum links
  • Strategies and exercise for teaching singing and drama
  • Specially created short films for guidance featuring Royal Opera House artists and the ROH Youth Opera Company
  • Additional online resources include backing tracks, arrangements for children's voices and additional digital classroom materials.

Create and Sing Carmen is generously supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr Charles Laurey, Ernest Cook Trust, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Mohn Westlake Foundation, Teale Charitable Trust, The Royal Opera House Education Syndicate .