Scottish Opera presents The Opera Factory

Scottish Opera presents The Opera Factory

Creative Learning is delighted to partner with Scottish Opera to bring The Opera Factory to Primary 3 Pupils, across Aberdeen City. This fully-funded project will take place on Friday 11th May – please see the end of the email for further details on how to take part.


Scottish Opera presents The Opera Factory – a brand new project for Primary 3 pupils combining advance classroom resources and attendance at a live performance, featuring singers, actors and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. 

Knock, knock, knock on the (theatre) door,
Who is it that you’re looking for?

What is an opera? Who performs in one? Who makes the stage set, costumes and lighting come alive to help tell the story? What are the musical groups within the orchestra?
What’s it like inside a big theatre?

Everyone has a part to play in the magical production line that takes the audience on an amazing journey around The Opera Factory. 

Best friends Libby Retto and Compo Zerr are keen to find out more so they can create their very own opera.

To take part in this project, the first step is to download the resource materials, and introduce the characters – Libby and Compo – to your pupils. Together you can get started with a virtual visit to Scottish Opera, exploring how we make opera for audiences all over the country. Most of the materials can be used when and where you feel it most appropriate. They will help to broaden the children’s understanding and awareness of live performing arts, and some of the many different career opportunities that exist in the arts sector. These resources can also be used to assist in the delivery of Key Outcomes and Experiences for Level 1 pupils across a range of core subjects.

There is an interactive element in the live performance with all the children singing along with the cast and orchestra. Everything you need to prepare your pupils to sing in the show is included in the resource materials online: Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark gives a conducting lesson, while singer Sarah Shorter takes the children through the music for their song line by line so they are confident, capable singers ready to join in the performance!

All resource materials will be available to download from the Scottish Opera website by early March 2018. 


This fully funded 1-day project will take place on the 11 May in the Hillhead Central Building, General Purpose Room (part of the University of Aberdeen) Map here. The event will begin at 11:30am, and end at 12:30pm.

There are 105 available places, including teachers, and all places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The event is fully funded, but schools must arrange and provide their own transport – pupils will also be required to bring packed lunches. The Opera Factory is for P3 pupils, but we are also taking composite classes.

To book, please email with details of:
– name and contact details of teacher
– school name
– number of students in your class
– number of teachers attending with class
– level of class, e.g. P3, P2/3
– any additional needs we should be aware of
– confirmation that you will arrange your own transport

We will confirm your booking by email.

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