SAMP community opera

The Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos (SAMP) is an independent music school in Leiria, in central Portugal with an exceptionally strong community music programme for everyone from babies to the dying. SAMP musicians have been working in the city’s youth prison since 2004, first as volunteers, and more recently with funding from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, which supported the creation of two Mozart opera productions. The TRACTION trial builds on that experience through the co-creation of a new opera, written and composed by professional artists with inmates, staff and relatives.

The production will use Co-Creation Stage technology to link people inside and outside the prison itself in co-created performances in Lisbon and Leiria. A pilot of this will happen in June 2021, with the full-scale production in June 2022.