DARE is a unique collaboration between Opera North and the University of Leeds, the first partnership of its kind.

We combine the very best of both organisations to deliver an outstanding and challenging programme, which leads cultural thought, learning and practice. Over 150 projects have been initiated since the creation of DARE in 2006, engaging practitioners, academics, students and audiences.  See the DARE Review for a snapshot of what we have been doing in recent months.

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Reciprocal staff learning
DARE Academy

Practice-based learning that develops expertise, skill and knowledge

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DARE Connect

Lectures, conferences and debates that challenge perspectives

Creating New Work
DARE Create

New work, research and publications that inspire, inform and engage

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DARE Fundraising Fellowships

Building skill and capacity for a more sustainable sector

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Pettman Scholarships

Music Education leadership development

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DARE Audio Archive   

Watch and hear about DARE activity