Karen Gillingham

Short Bio

Karen Gillingham is a freelance opera director, facilitator and Creative Director of the GO Learning & Participation programme. Karen leads the field in performing arts outreach and education work in the UK. She mentors and tutors other teachers and practitioners across Europe, drawing upon her experience with GO and nine years as co-artistic director of the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company. Karen is herself an experienced performer in musical theatre and brings clear, visionary and inspiring leadership, demonstrated through her leadership of the ground-breaking opera Dalia (2022) and the Dare to Dream large scale youth opera collaboration, performed at the Royal Opera Hall (2019).  



Education Prize 2022

€ 7,997

Dawn to Dusk

United Kingdom
Garsington Opera


Education Prize 2021


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