North East Opera

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Mondays 4 – 6pm, during term time, at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Next term: 25th April – 18th July 2022 (11 weeks) except 2nd May and 30th May

Led by local professional opera singers Emily Smith and David Pisaro, North East Opera will offer exciting opportunities through workshops, rehearsals, concerts and theatrical productions, for performers facing barriers.

We use opera as a point of focus but with a whole load of other styles of music thrown into the mix – creating a wide variety of opera mash-ups.

Sometimes we slap an 80’s power ballad into the story line, or maybe a gospel song, or a song from the musicals, or maybe some punk, some funk, or a song from any corner of the globe… whoever comes to our sessions has the chance to direct, choreograph, or suggest material – if it works – we will use it!

We have a laugh – but are always professional achieving the highest standards possible.

How to join

Places are free. These sessions are open to adults who identify as facing social exclusion. To get involved please email

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Free opportunity to join our Gig School next week in Middlesbrough! 🎸~ Please sign up by Saturday 6th August to take part ~Gig School runs 8th - 10th August for young musicians, working with experienced tutor Neil Walker to form bands, create songs and stage your very own performance here at Middlesbrough Town Hall.On Monday 8th August & Tuesday 9th August activities will run 10am - 3pm at Outwood Academy Riverside On Wednesday 10th August activities and rehearsal will run 10am - 5pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall, followed by a performance at 5pm, which family and friends are invited to attend (no ticket required).SIGN UP NOW: partnership with Club Creative.#middlesbrough #bands #gigs #teesside ... See MoreSee Less
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