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barefoot opera

Our team are continuing to run events and training online.

We are planning for in-person events later this year, such as our exciting people’s opera, Bloom Britannia, when it is safe to hold them.

Please do revisit our website as the situation changes and we begin to offer events and workshops in real time and space again.

In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to our newsletter for the latest information.

Keep safe and well, and we hope to see you …. when the coast is clear!

Jenny Miller

Director

OUR MISSION

Barefoot Opera challenges the notion that opera is elitist by producing high-quality, inclusive and accessible work. We rework the classics and commission contemporary productions, reaching new audiences.

Our work is guided by our aims, which are to:

*Rethink and Deconstruct: strip opera down to the basics of body, breath, movement, sound;

*Train: emerging young professionals and give them performance opportunities with BFO’s annual tours to venues in London and the South East;

*Make opera new: develop an energised, physical ensemble approach, which generates a unique way of experiencing opera;

*Reach out: widely into our local Hastings and wider regional community to bring people from different neighbourhoods, cultural groups and across generations, to sing together.

OUR VISION

Is to bring about ‘A Town That Sings’, utilising the power of music to inspire, empower and connect. ‘Bloom Britannia’, our new 2021 people’s opera, will involve professional and community singers and a collaboration with artists across musical genres.

LEARN WITH US

Barefoot Opera challenges us to rethink methods of training the classical voice.

We begin by stripping our voices down to basics: body, breath, movement and sound. We reconnect with basic human responses.

This “responsive breath”, reaction and action, is the keystone of Barefoot’s training approach, refining and evolving into singing and the operatic tradition.

Alongside this responsive breath work our training incorporates physical theatre techniques and somatic movement practice.