About Us

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

As two of the UK’s leading institutions of culture and education we fuse the artistic with the academic, combining the very best of both organisations to inspire and stimulate new ways of thinking and working.

Initiatives including the creation of new work, research, conferences, work-based learning programmes, fellowships, scholarships and the sharing of ideas and aspirations are having a positive impact on students, audiences and the wider sector – and making a positive contribution to the business development of our organisations.

‘Winning the South Bank Show Award for Opera is a fitting testament to Opera North for their innovative and creative contribution to the arts. As Chancellor of the University of Leeds I have seen the dynamism and creative strength of the University. By uniting these two organisations exciting and pioneering projects are emerging. This promises an exciting future.’

Melvyn Bragg 
Chancellor, University of Leeds