Do you have a problem?
Are you lovesick or facing divorce?
Has your partner stopped listening to you?
Do your children disrespect you?
Do you have a poor relationship with your parents?
Are you grieving someone’s death?
Are you sick of being single?
Have you lost your motivation?
Are you desperate for a new challenge?
About Opera Helps
Opera Helps harnesses the power of opera to help participants view their troubles in a new light.
People apply with a problem. If we can meet their needs, a professional opera singer will visit their home and listen to the problem.
Then the singer will select the aria that relates to the problem. The aria will be sung to the participant as they relax in their preferred room.
Opera Helps lasts about 30 minutes.
Could Opera Helps work for you?
Applications for Opera Helps are currently closed but if you would like to hear about opportunities to take part in the future, you can register here.
Who’s behind it
Opera Helps was created by artist Joshua Sofaer.
Singers included Carole Marnoch, Caroline Kennedy, David Jones, Eleanor Janes, Ian Beadle, Lucinda Stuart-Grant, and Mae Heydorn.
Opportunities are being explored for further performances in the future.
The spring 2016 UK tour was funded by Arts Council England.
Some feedback from 2016 UK tour participants
Thank you so much for my opera singer. She was very understanding and listened to my problem. I felt supported and at ease.
…it made me marvel at life’s diversity; its art, its hugeness and the simple magic of existence. My problem seemed tiny in the light of all that.
I felt I had been blessed with a very special and unique gift – one I will treasure always and never forget.
…You remember it all your life… tender hearted, emotional, cherished, uplifting, compassionate, profound, strength, loved, profound, generous, transforming.
An imprint of a happening; an act of giving remains. It means a great deal.
Afterwards, I am aware that a new message had been bounded to or imprinted into the sad place within me – beauty is there now and aloneness is gone.
Register your interest
Opera Helps may be able offer more UK performances. If you would like to be informed if this happens, please let us know via this form.
|LOCATION||2016 TOUR PERFORMANCE DATES|
|Tyne and Wear
|17, 19, 20 March
27, 28, 29 May
|1, 2 April|
|15, 16 April|
|29, 30 April|
with Heart of Glass
|20 - 24 April|
with Colchester Arts Centre
|6, 7, 8 May|
|Norfolk and Norwich
with Norfolk & Norwich Festival
|13 - 22 May|
Opera Helps FAQs
Is there a charge for taking part?
What sort of problems will be dealt with by Opera Helps?
How exactly will Opera Helps solve my problem?
How will you choose who takes part?
Will my problem remain confidential?
Does the performance have to take place in my home?
How many people will come to my home?
Will it be OK for other people to attend the performance?
Can I record the performance?
When will the performance take place? Can I choose my slot date and time?
If I'm outside of the areas where Opera Helps is touring, is there any way I can take part?
What is an aria?
Who are the opera singers?
Who is Joshua Sofaer?
What is Wunderbar?
Please also read About Opera Helps for a basic introduction to the project.