Operas & Events
20 May 2016
Songs of the Somme was delivered by Opera Sunderland (then known as Music in the Minster) and Sunderland Library Services in May – July 2016, as part of Asunder, a Sunderland-wide programme commemorating the battle.
19 November 2015
Composed by Marcos Fernandez and written by award-winning writer David Almond, MIRACLE! An Opera of Two Halves was performed by 36 local singers alongside professional soloists and instrumentalists.
6 June 2015
In the summer of 2015 we set out to prove that opera really is for everyone, with a Singing Roadshow visiting community venues in Red House, Hylton Castle, Whitburn, and Roker.
5 June 2015
In June and July of 2015 we delivered workshops in 5 secondary schools across the City of Sunderland; Castle View Enterprise Academy, Thornhill School, Grindon Hall Christian School, Red House Academy, and Sand Hill View Academy.
23 January 2015
Black Cats’ Stories was a ground-breaking project creating a snapshot of what football means to the people of Wearside, through digital storytelling. The project was delivered between January and November 2015 in partnership between Opera Sunderland (then called Music in the Minster), Foundation of Light, Curiosity Creative and Sunderland City Council Library Services, supported by funding from The Cultural Spring and The Joicey Trust.
9 October 2014
After delivering successful singing taster sessions for The Cultural Spring, we were asked to deliver regular singing sessions in Whitburn, Sunderland.
19 July 2014
We are delighted to have been involved in Summer Streets - a free music festival held in Thompson Park, Southwick on Saturday 19 July 2014.
1 March 2013
After the success of Whistle Down The Wind in 2012, during which we met lots of talented young people from across Sunderland, we ran a series of Youth Chorus workshops in the Spring and Summer of 2013.
2 November 2012
Whistle Down The Wind was our third major production, staged in Sunderland Minster in November 2012
25 February 2012
We kicked off our 2012 programme with Diva in a Day giving participants a chance to feel the exhilaration of unleashing the natural power of their voice.
1 July 2011
In July 2011 we delivered two half-day workshops with twenty pupils aged 12 – 15 years at Thornhill School, Sunderland.
1 April 2009
Our first ever "pageant" was a mixed show of solos, songs and acting. We performed scenes from Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas – a tragic love story ending in Dido's death from a broken heart; Bob Chilcott's sports themed A Sporting Chance for brass quintet and singers ("cool and groovy" in the words of one of the singers!) and The Lambton Worm – a legendary beast, rooted in County Durham on the banks of the Wear.
4 February 2007
Noye's Fludde is a one act Opera written by Benjamin Britten in 1957, adapted from an early 15th Century Chester Mystery Play. It tells the story of Noah building his 'shippe' and filling it with animals. Following God's instructions, Noah, his family and the animals survive the storm to find dry land again.