Accessible opera in unusual locations
the opera shack
Who are we?
The Opera Shack are a Manchester based arts collective who remove the stigma surrounding opera as elitist. We aim to:
Create story led performances that combine opera with spoken word narration.
Engage new audiences through our immersive productions.
Bring opera as a tool of empowerment to the community through workshops.
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Children’s Voices from Olympias Music Foundation on our very own adaptation of Johnathan Dove’s Pinocchio.
Keep an eye out for more information…
Emma is a director and creative practitioner based in Manchester and the artistic director of The Opera Shack. Following her directorial work with The Opera Shack (Carmen, Bizet and Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) Emma is currently directing and devising for Manchester Collective (Pierrot Lunaire, Schoenberg) Olympias Music Foundation (Making Manchester and Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck), Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera and Kensington Opera (Die Fledermaus, Strauss). Emma believes that accessibility of art is an invaluable tool for empowerment and emotional wellbeing. She has worked as a facilitator with young people and adults in various settings including Streetwise Opera, Brighter Sounds, The Irene Taylor Trust, TIPP, Manchester Rape Crisis, Manchester Action on Street Health, and Music Action International.
Marketing and Development Manager
Max is a Manchester based creative and organiser. With The Opera Shack, he helps market and produce incredible events and experiential productions, as well as developing and identifying new areas for the company to grow. He graduated with a first class degree in Music with Spanish from the University of Manchester in 2018, and also works as the Events Intern at the University of Manchester Student's Union. Max has worked with a variety of organisations including Olympias Music Foundation, Migrant Support, Kantos Chamber Choir, The University of Manchester Chorus and Ad Solem Chamber Choir. Max is also a published poet, and has been a prizewinner with Foyle Young Poets and Tower Poetry competitions. He believes that accessibility to the arts is a necessity for the wellbeing of individuals and society, and hopes to realise this belief through The Opera Shack.
Abi is a Manchester based conductor and music facilitator. Alongside her role as Musical Director of The Opera Shack, she is the Assistant Musical Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Musical Director of Blackburn Music Society, Preston Orpheus Society and Darwen Ladies Choir, as well as being a conductor for the Hallé corporate choir scheme. She is passionate about increasing accessibility to the arts, reflected in her work as a workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, The Irene Taylor Trust (Making Tracks and Music in Prisons), Olympias Music Foundation (Women’s Voices), Contact Theatre, The Academy Singers (Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra), Child’s Play India Foundation and her position as Artist in Residency at Risley Prison. She is co-founder of Musica Festival (Manchester University) which celebrates female music making, and is a regular singer; she has extensive choral experience and won the Rectial category in the David Clover Festival of Singing in 2017.
Chloe graduated with a degree in music from the University of Manchester in 2017, and hopes to begin a Masters course in Theatre and Opera Performance in Berlin in 2019. Chloe is an aspiring opera singer, and has been involved in productions of Manon, Castor et Pollux, and Gianni Schicchi. She continues to perform with various ensembles around Manchester, and will be performing with a Young Artist Opera Festival this summer in productions of A Hand of Bridge and Don Giovanni. Chloe’s desire for more performance opportunities and more widely accessible opera productions led her to co-found The Opera Shack, through which she hopes to highlight opera’s social and political relevance in art culture.