Welcome to Scottish Opera’s first project for pupils in the third year of secondary education.

Focusing on the expressive arts curriculum including Art & Design, Drama and Music, these lessons are based around the 19th century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore)Each unit allows flexibility – educators can utilise the full packs or select key aspects, and there is no set period for completion. 

The project is designed to tie in directly to the experiences and outcomes of A Curriculum for Excellence, giving pupils a greater understanding of the arts and creative industries, and helping young people identify their talents and aspirations for the future.

Commissioned by us from members of the Expressive Arts Faculty at Largs Academy, North Ayrshire, the intention is to engage pupils’ critical thinking skills, which are transferrable across disciplines, through opera. 

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Opera Making for Third Year Pupils

Creative Team

Head of Music
Derek Clark

Roxana Haines

Finlay McLay

Film Maker & Editor
Bevis Evans-Teush

Sound Recordist
Matt Harvey

Assistant Director 
Flora Emily Thomson

Costume Supervisor
Stella Tani

Rebecca Coull

Company Stage Manager 
Rose Ann Gross

Beth Jerem


Catriona Hewitson

Shengzhi Ren

Arthur Bruce

Frank Church


Teaching Resources created by:
Donna Lloyd, Kayla McGregor, Ailie Austin, Dawn McCarron and Jared Hutsby

With kind thanks to:
North Ayrshire Council, Craig Smith, Stephen Roe, and to John Macfarlane for his kind permission to use designs from The Rake’s Progress (2012) as part of these resources.