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L'Opera c'est vous (Opera it’s you)

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

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L’Opera c’est vous is an educational program that aims at discovery and appropriation of opera by primary and secondary school as well as high school students (general and vocational), and recipients of social centres in Paris and its suburbs. The project has been initiated by our Theatre in collaboration with Compagnie Plein Jour and a certain number of young professional musicians and singers.

Openness to a new audience, preservation of theatre and musical tradition and sharing out of artistic experience have been three principal targets of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, since Peter Brook’s Direction. Theatre des Bouffes du Nord is located in a mixed and popular neighborhood in Paris.

The objective is to go towards local population of various origins, the youngsters just arrived here from Africa, Asia, Middle East or South America, for whom French is not their native language and people who are not regular theatre goers.

As a starting point, a piece of a famous opera composer is chosen according to the following criteria: possible adaptation for few instruments, universal and human themes, for young audience to take it over easily. The programme is carried out in four steps :

Discovering the original opera work: music and libretto are translated in an easy approach.
Adoption: music listening associating dance, games and acting workshop in schools and association, directed by composer, musicians and singers, based on experience and cultural practices of each participant

Spectator journey at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord: discovering musical theatre and opera performances, backstage visits and discovery of performing arts professions

Restitution: after an eight-month workshop programme, creation of a new production, gathering artistic, technical and professional experience of all young participants during a week of rehearsals and a première at Bouffes du Nord.

Artistic Team




Polina Streltsova

Polina Streltsova


Marie Soubestre - Soprano

Marie Soubestre



Lycée des métiers Jean-Monnet des constructions et du tertiaire administratif



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