On Friday 23 February, Opera North, England’s Leeds-based national opera company and one of Europe’s leading arts organisations, brought its unique Whistle Stop Opera to Headingley Hall.

Whistle Stop Opera takes bite-size versions of popular operas out into the community, giving people a chance to experience a live performance up close. A cast of three singers and an accordionist performed Whistle Stop Opera: Don Giovanni introducing the characters, music and plot of Mozart’s timeless drama to clients, families and staff in the comfort of their own home.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said: “Whistle Stop Opera is a fantastic way of introducing people to the power of opera in a relaxed, informal setting. We had a wonderful time particularly performing this version of Don Giovanni at Headingley Hall and entertaining the residents there with its lively blend of fast-paced drama and spine-tingling music.”

The Whistle Stop Opera is the latest in a programme of successful partnership working between Opera North and Westward Care. Vocal delivery artists and accompanists from Opera North visit Westward Care facilities on a regular basis to run singing workshops for clients across Leeds. These give clients an opportunity to hone their musical skills while experiencing the pleasure of singing as part of a group.

Peter Hodkinson, Managing Director of Westward Care, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer all of our residents this unique and rich Whistle Stop Opera experience. We pride ourselves on the innovative and tailored activities we provide in all our facilities.”
"When mum moved to Headingley Hall it took such a weight off my mind. These days, I visit mum to catch up, rather than check-up."
Headingley Hall, Daughter of Apartment Owner