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Shoulder to Shoulder

Moving, uplifting, and funny, Shoulder to Shoulder tells the real-life stories of men overcoming loneliness and social isolation. A top-flight ensemble of singers and musicians bring stories to life on stage this October. Shoulder to Shoulder is produced in partnership with Men’s Sheds Cymru.

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WELCOME to Swansea City Opera. Since 2006, we’ve toured high-quality opera to venues throughout the UK. Our tours include many theatres that rarely programme opera. Swansea City Opera aims to make the world of opera accessible to everyone.


In partnership with Mens Sheds Cymru  we have developed a new chamber opera called Shoulder to Shoulder. See the video clip and the many brilliant audience reviews here!

Shoulder to Shoulder | Swansea City Opera | Opera Dinas Abertawe


Due to the huge demand with many more people wanting to take part in the project, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign through Local Giving


One of the highlights of touring opera is our work with local community choirs. They sing alongside our ensemble of professional singers and musicians in some of the world’s greatest operas, from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Verdi’s La Traviata to operas less frequently performed, such as Delibes’ Lakme.

We believe music is a universal language. Singing builds connections between people, develops self-confidence, and allows people to discover more about the craft of staging a professional opera. Working with local communities became one of the most satisfying and inspiring elements of our work and something for which we’ve become renowned.

Through outreach work in 2020 – 2021, we developed a partnership with Men’s Sheds Cymru, part of an internationally acclaimed movement founded in Australia which improves men’s well-being. Men’s Sheds Cymru supports men experiencing, and at risk of, loneliness and social isolation.

The opera composed by Lenny Sayers, with a libretto based on ‘Shedders’ stories ranging from the funny to the moving and thought-provoking, was written by Brendan Wheatley.

Shoulder to Shoulder’s ensemble features professional singers and musicians, mainly from Wales; many of whom sing and play in major opera houses, companies, and orchestras, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Welsh National Opera; English National Opera; Opera North; Scottish Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Soprano Jess Robinson who plays the role of Gwen will represent Wales in the Cardiff Singer of the World 2023.

Singing alongside the professional opera artists are community choirs of ‘Shedders’, their friends and family and members of local choirs who appear on different dates on the tour of Shoulder to Shoulder.


As well as the work we develop in the UK, we’re building on our reputation – nationally and internationally – for our engagement work.

In 2019, we were delighted to be the first Welsh arts organisation to be funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund.

We developed Our Heritage, a unique programme in Lebanon, funded by the British Council’s £30 million Cultural Protection Fund, which collected the unique cultural heritage traditions and memories of Palestinian and Syrian refugees. There are 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon; many people have been displaced for half a generation making it vital that Syrian culture – from dance to singing and music – is preserved. Palestinian refugees first arrived in Lebanon during the 1940s. The Shatila refugee camp was established over 70 years ago, meaning new traditions of festivals, music, and oral history have developed over the years.  You can read more about Our Heritage here.

We want to develop more partnerships with other Men’s Sheds Cymru groups and other community projects in both Wales and England. Swansea City Opera is also keen to develop international collaborations building on the success of our British Council project.

If you’ve got a project idea that you’d like to talk to us about, please get in touch:







  • An absolute delight!

    SWANSEA City Opera's Barber of Seville is an absolute delight. If you want to give someone their first taste of opera, but find ticket prices and long journeys off putting, not to mention impenetrable plots or arty-farty reworking, then you couldn't do better than to catch Swansea City Opera.
    South Devon Journal – Barber of Seville
  • Comic opera was superb!

    APART from a couple of the more famous scenes, I had never actually seen a full length opera before this so was unsure what to expect. For my first opera it couldn't have gone better — if all operas were as well delivered as this one was, I'd invest in a pair of opera glasses today!
    Swansea Evening Post – Barber of Seville
  • Bravura performances!

    This company always delivers the goods, and when the goods is a deliciously uplifting slice of Mozart, it can be very good indeed.
    South Devon Journal – Cosi fan tutte
  • Captivated within minutes!

    I faced Swansea City Opera’s performance of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment on an empty stomach (well, bar a bag of crisps and half a square of millionaire’s shortbread). Only someone with full liver failure could have viewed it with a more jaundiced eye - and I was captivated within minutes!
    BBC Classical Music Online – Daughter of the Regiment
  • A triumph in every respect!

    The work of Swansea City Opera cannot be praised too highly. They bring high quality opera to theatres which are too small or remote to receive even slightly larger companies, and give audiences the chance to hear opera as it should be heard, with excellent singers and musicians, and with unpretentious but satisfying direction. This was a great evening of entertainment and music, thoroughly enjoyable and to be unreservedly recommended.
    Seen And Heard Opera Review - L’Elisir d’Amore
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