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OperaFirst: Secondary

2024 Opportunities now full – Express an interest to get involved in 2025!

What to expect

OperaFirst gives an exceptional opportunity to a new generation of young people to study musical and dramatic themes of an opera through an in-school workshop before experiencing a full-scale performance at Wormsley. Ordinarily this is a schools’ performance, specially put on to offer our young understudy cast the valuable opportunity to perform with orchestra to a warm and enthusiastic audience. We are passionate about introducing young people to the wonderful and varied genre of opera and our teams enjoy collaborating and exchanging ideas with pupils on arts projects that wouldn’t ordinarily happen in their school.

2025’s Secondary OperaFirst performance will take place on 17 July and feature Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love).

The Marriage of Figaro

Set three years after the Barber of Seville, when Figaro debuted his match-making skills, the time has come for his own wedding to fellow servant Susanna! Unfortunately, their boss, the Count has other ideas when he seems to want her for himself, which doesn’t go down well with the Countess… Can she team up with Figaro to teach her husband a lesson?

In Mozart’s beloved comedy of mistaken identity with twists and turns, watch as Figaro gets up to his usual antics, but will there still be a wedding?


A director is joined by a composer and a professional singer to deliver intensive one-day workshops using the successful ‘Create an Opera’ workshop format. Starting with warm-ups and team building activities, the whole group then explores the music and story, devising their own music, words and movements. 

The Marriage of FigaroOperaFirst takes place on Wednesday 10 July 2024 in the late afternoon/early evening, finishing by c. 9pm. 

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Would you like your school to get involved with Garsington Opera?

Enquire for 2025

The OperaFirst Secondary project is predominantly offered to state schools closest to Garsington Opera, HP14 3YP, but we can accommodate schools up to approximately 25 miles away depending on demand. If your school is further away please contact us to see if it would be possible to take part.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project, please contact

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