Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Housing and homelessness

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - England


Our work improves wellbeing and increases social inclusion for some of the country's most vulnerable and socially excluded people.

'You come here and you leave your troubles at the door. Once you walk out the door, your mindset's different'

Involvement with Streetwise Opera can be the first rung on a ladder of self-confidence for people who are or have been homeless and/or are vulnerable and isolated. Through working in a safe and supportive group and participating in opera, an art form that many perceive as elitist, people's beliefs about their capabilities are fundamentally challenged and changed. By developing new skills, meeting people, being creative and simply having fun, people feel better about themselves and are more able to take on life's other challenges - such as engaging with services, living independently, getting involved with community life and securing employment.


Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.

Our productions platform the skills of our performers in a professional arena, showing that whatever life throws at them, they can achieve great things. Underpinning these, our workshop programme offers a dependable source of creativity in lives where everything else can be changing.

Streetwise Opera also runs With One Voice, an international movement which seeks to build the arts and homelessness sector globally through exchanges in policy and practice. 

Our latest production of The Passion (‘Stunning’ ★★★★★ The Times) was broadcast on BBC Four in March 2016.

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