01. the project

What is Get Close to Opera?

Get Close to Opera develops a project design method based on the Multiple Intelligences Theory by Howard Gardner (MIT) applied to Opera, in order to promote the linguistic and cultural integration of migrants and refugees in Europe.

GET CLOSE TO OPERA arises out of the awareness that Opera has a great potential for artistic and educational fields. It’s a total, immersive, exciting experience which leads to a big variety of artistic languages, carries universal values and a well-established cultural tradition.

After an initial phase of research, we will develop an innovative training program for educators and trainers that will be held in Matera in 2019. Later, the developed method will be experimented in several pilot experiences with migrants and refugees in Opera Houses in Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium and Great Britain.

We intend to start to create a community of people that rethink Opera Houses as spaces of social innovation, inclusion, cultural exchanges and learning. For everyone.

Finally, we will share our experiences and our educational tools on an online platform dedicated to all those who, in turn, would like to experiment and further develop the GET CLOSE TO OPERA method.


How will we do it?

11/2017 – 02/2018
03/2018 – 01/2019
04/2019 – 07/2019
08/2019 – 09/2019

11/2017 – 02/2018

Want to be an Opera and Arts Educator

European research about practices and training needs of opera and arts educators to foster integration of migrants in Europe.

We will listen to your training needs, how you plan and lead the training activities, how you work and how you innovate.
Go to Research Report!

03/2018 – 01/2019

Opera intelligences

A training package to be used by educators in their daily work.

We will propose a variety of training activities on Opera repertoire based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory.


Opera and MIT learning platform

Online community for opera and arts educators to share and learn.

We will share our educational tools on an online platform dedicated to all those who, in turn, would like to experiment and further develop the GET CLOSE TO OPERA method.


Opera for everyone with MIT

Opportunity for educators to attend an European training workshop in Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019.

We will teach the GET CLOSE TO OPERA method to arts and Opera educators in order to produce educational, artistic and intercultural programs that can support the integration of migrants within the European community.

04/2019 – 07/2019

Get Close to Opera Handbook

A transmedia handbook for all those interested in exploring what we learned during GET CLOSE TO OPERA.

We will create a transmedia handbook that orders lessons learned during the training workshop and tests, in order to allow more and more educators to use GET CLOSE TO OPERA methodology in different contexts and with different audiences.

08/2019 – 09/2019

Get Close to Opera Pilot

Pilot Learning Modules for Opera and arts educators based on MIT to be tested with migrants at national level.  

We will test our methodology with educators who attended the European training workshop. They will work in Opera Houses of all countries involved in the project.


An intercultural future for Opera Houses

A guide-line and a set of recommendations for Opera Houses to use the GET CLOSE TO OPERA methodology and develop new inclusive and education projects.

We’ll create a document policy to promote inclusive and multiculturale education in Opera Houses across the Europe. 


With whom will we do it?

The protagonists of GET CLOSE TO OPERA will be the professionals working in the educational departments of the Opera Houses, but also artists (musicians, singers, dancers, actors, etc.) involved in educational programs, or even cultural mediators and professionals working for the integration of migrants and more generally educators interested in the use of non-formal learning methodologies.

Find out how to become part of the Get Close to Opera community.

04 About us


Get Close to Opera is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

The project is led by Materahub consortium, the theater company L’Albero (both in Italy), the RESEO network, the European Network of Migrant Women (both based in Belgium), the Opera Circus company (based in UK), the ESART campus (in Spain) and the University of Patras (in Greece).