Opera Quest is the latest of EPOC’s one hour in-school ‘interactive presentations,’ or introductions to opera. It joins the list of popular offers from EPOC’s series of workshops called Opera Opened Up. These workshops have been developed by EPOC over 14 years and include Opera Blocks, Opera Hotpot, and The History of Music Part I.

Opera Quest is in three parts:

  • an introduction to opera and the ‘hero’s journey’ using excerpts from Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Shrek, amongst others
  • a heroic operatic journey based around a young girl’s appearance in a well-known TV talent show, The Y Factor
  • a ‘pocket’ sing-a-long opera, Orpheus and Eurydice, with children singing choruses and acting as the main characters

“It was education at its best,” Headteacher, Monken Hadley School, Barnet