#lionopera 2019: perform a new children's opera for free!

#lionopera is an ambitious new cycle of children’s operas conceived by leading young British composer James Olsen (‘brilliantly imaginative’—The Guardian), and a set of accompanying teaching resources for Key Stages 2 and 3 published by Olsen Verlag. Schools and other youth organisations can get involved with the second stage of the project in 2019 free of charge!

Far from being ‘mere’ educational works, the operas are high-quality musical and literary works in their own right by a significant emerging artist. Freely based on the medieval legend of the lion and the donkey living in Saint Jerome’s monastery, they are entertaining and stimulating for young people to perform, without requiring specialist musical training.

A key aim of #lionopera is to enhance schools’ delivery of Key Stages 2 and 3 of the national curriculum, especially English, science and music. We are partnering with the Born Free Foundation, The Donkey Sanctuary and LionAid to produce teaching resources about lions and donkeys which will tie in with Key Stage 2 science curriculum, so pupils can learn more about these wonderful animals who play a central role in the operas but who face such terrible threats today. We are also working with Birmingham Repertory Theatre to produce short online videos to give pupils and their schools some tips with acting and directing.

We recognise that school budgets are particularly stretched at present, and so are delighted currently to be able to invite schools to participate free of charge. We also warmly welcome home educators to take part, and other youth organisations who are capable of mounting a theatrical performance, such as cubs/brownies/scouts/guides, similarly free of charge.

Download the PDF information pack here (PDF, 2.8MB).

Press coverage

The project has received coverage in the national education press, including Education Today and Music Teacher magazines.

Read a feature about the project in Education Today (December 2017).

You can also read our press release here.

Watch the first five minutes of the first #lionopera here:

Are you a school wanting to register your interest, or an individual or business wanting to support the project?

Or, if you have any questions about the project and want to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a line here.