Students ‘write an aria’ with Nevill Holt Opera

Students from Havelock Academy have been learning more about the classical art of opera during a range of workshops from Nevill Holt Opera.


The critically acclaimed opera group visited the academies as part of a week-long programme of events. Students had the chance to devise their own opera scene and write their own alternative versions of arias, which they would later go on to perform.


One student, who took part in a workshop at Havelock Academy, said: “It was an amazing experience and the workshops have broadened my knowledge of opera. We are not exposed to classical music everyday, so experiences like this really do take some beating.”


To conclude, the students were treated to a snippet of Puccini’s La bohème, performed by a trained opera singer. They will also have the opportunity to watch a professional production at the Nevill Holt Festival in the summer. 


Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music for the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “The response from the students at these academies has been fantastic, they were all so enthusiastic, creative, and totally absorbed in the activities. 


"The quality of productions at Nevill Holt Opera are world class and it was a pleasure to see the students gain confidence throughout the sessions."


The Nevill Holt Opera will be performing Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love as part of the Nevill Holt Festival from 16th June to 3rd July. Find out more at