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Snappy Operas is our award-winning schools programme, making and performing new mini-operas with primary-aged children.

A Snappy Opera is a ten-minute opera, created for and by children with some of the UK’s top composers & writers, which introduces all the essential elements of opera in fun, colourful and bite-size chunks.

Working with partners including local Music Education Hubs, festivals and venues, we select schools that would most benefit from involvement in the programme – as well as an introduction to opera, children gain music and performance skills, improve confidence and team working, and have the opportunity to express themselves in a new, creative way. We train artists to work in school settings, provide Continuing Professional Development to teachers to develop creative approaches to their teaching, and bring schools and audiences together in venues to create a sense of community through the joy of opera.

Working with professionals is like a dream come true. You don’t know what will happen next but you can’t wait.
Year 5 Pupil, Tower Hamlets, on Snappy Opera

The Snappy Operas programme is constantly growing, and June 2021 marks the start of The Year of Snappy Operas, which will see us working with schools in Sussex, Hull, Leicester, North Tyneside and Edinburgh.

Are you a school, venue, music service or festival interested in Snappy Operas? Get in touch.

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Utterly inspiring and amazing. The most well-organised and professional rehearsal I have been involved in over 25 years! It was amazing to have four experts for each rehearsal.
Teacher, Snappy Operas


Awards & Nominations


FINALIST
- Amateur or Young Performers
British Composer Awards 2017
The Feast That Went Off With A Bang by Ed Hughes & Peter Cant

FINALIST – Arts Council Award
The Journal Culture Awards 2018
Mahogany Opera partnership with North Tyneside Music Education Hub

WINNER – Primary School Achievement Award
The Creative Learning Guild National Awards 2018/19
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FINALIST - Outstanding Music Initiative
Music & Drama Education Awards 2020
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