About Operasonic

by admin, April 22, 2015

Who We Are

Operasonic is a not for profit company limited by guarantee that was formed in November 2014 by Creative Director Rhian Hutchings and based in Newport, South Wales.

Operasonic is passionate about opera and as an artform that connects with people in a direct and visceral way. We are also passionate about young people and their potential and creativity.

We enable young people to own opera, as audiences, as participants, as creators, as leaders. Young people need contemporary opera created on their terms and in their communities, venues, schools, and online spaces. The opera of the future should be driven by them.

Operasonic creates a range of opportunities for young people to explore, create and experience opera, and we put participation at the heart of every creative process we undertake. We work with a wide range of artists who are all committed to making amazing opera with young people.

Our Creative Director

Rhian loves opera – especially opera and young people. She’s been creating opera with people for the last 15 years. She got the theatre bug in her teens when she operated the follow spot the pantomime at the Dolman Theatre in Newport. She’s worked on many operas from the past, but her favourite thing to do is to make new work with composers and writers that are still around and love creating stuff. After discovering that there was no opera company that only makes work for young people, she decided to create it herself. And so Operasonic was born!

If you want to contact Rhian, check our Contact Us page for her details.

Our Board

These lovely people meet regularly to help plan all the work Operasonic does.

  • Charles Williams¬† (chair)
  • Peter Horleston (treasurer)
  • Emma Newrick
  • Shakira Mahabir
  • Catherine Dacey

Links to the Sector

Operasonic is proud to be a member of the following networks:

Youth Arts Network Cymru

RESEO – European Network for Opera and Dance Education