Barefoot Opera is all about training – on many levels and in many situations.

If you are a young singer trying to get into the profession or into postgraduate courses, Barefoot Opera has several options for you.  Equally, we can be found workshopping with amateur choirs and drama groups, as well as in schools and a range of community engagements.

Barefoot Opera: Handel Workshop

2019 Workshops

‘Dido and Aeneas’ in a weekend

Barefoot Opera comes to Ushaw

Barefoot Opera goes north to create Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ from scratch to performance in a single weekend.

Taking place in the unique environment of Ushaw College, Co.Durham; a magnificent historical gem, set in 500-acre grounds, with its own authentic 19-century theatre.

Join Barefoot’s creative team: Jenny Miller, Lesley-Anne Sammons and Penelope Randall-Davis, for a special weekend which offers opportunities for 10 soloists and 24 choristers.


March 2020
Friday 13th, 6.30 pm – Sunday 15th, 8 pm


All-inclusive package – full board plus all tuition: £300
Non-residential package – all meals plus tuition:  £250

All applicants need to fill in the application form.
Once your application has been approved, you will be sent a link to book onto the course.

Closing date for applications: 1st Jan 2020
Solo roles by audition early January 2020

Breath as Choreography

The visible and invisible shaping of vocal music

Stop press!
Advanced one day workshop.

Sunday, 19th January 2020
Barefoot Studio (93 Endwell Road London SE42NF)

Join us for a day of in-depth movement, breath and voice work with Alexandra Baybutt, Jenny Miller and guest artist Aleksandra Ristic. With each singer using audition arias or other significant pieces of solo music, we will explore in detail how to allow full-body participation in phrasing, colour change and physical response.

This advanced course will be ideal for singers interested in discovering new pathways to interpretation, emotional colour and embodiment.
The morning will consist of alternating individual sessions with tutors, and group sessions. Barefoot Opera provides a healthy vegetarian lunch of homemade soup, salad, bread and cheese. The afternoon will bring us all together with our three tutors contributing, and in the Barefoot style involving all participating singers in each soloist’s aria/song presentation, with an assisting accompanist.

£100 includes all tuition, a healthy lunch, coffee and tea.

How to Apply

Please send in an application email with CV to info@barefootopera.com or phone Jenny directly on 07958182754 for further enquiries.

Monthly Workshops

Monthly workshops, 6pm – 9:30pm at Barefoot Studio in Brockley London.

I offer one MONDAY evening a month to open singing workshops. It is a huge benefit to get up and sing for others, enabling singers to confirm and strengthen and clarify technical and performance goals – and it is great to share the process!

Coloratura Brainstorm

Saturday 22nd February, 2020
10.30 am – 5 pm
Penny Randall-Davis, Tutor

A fun and informative day designed to help all types of singers develop their coloratura skills. Stimulating group-work will be followed by solo ‘masterclass’ slots in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There will also be time for questions and exploration as we tackle thorny issues!

Young Artists Tour 2019

“A Fantastic Experience”
Student Feedback,

“A Tour de Force”
Hastings Online Times, Carmen

Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour is an advanced training programme well-known for its strong production values and demanding, genuinely educational rehearsal structure. This year’s tour will be a new production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.

Singers and instrumentalists work as an ensemble team. The opera is fully staged and costumed, and sung in Italian. Musical direction is by Lesley-Anne Sammons and staging is by Jenny Miller, founder of Barefoot Opera. To see their biographies click on their names on our Team page.

This is a 10 day non-residential course for advanced singers working to develop their solo careers in the profession.