In Person Improv Course: Improvised Opera

24apr11:00 am1:00 pmIn Person Improv Course: Improvised Opera11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Event Details

The Nursery is back with in person classes! Now that we are creating stories in the same room, we want to make sure they are more expansive than ever before.

Early bird discount- buy your ticket before 10 April and get 10% off.

Opera can be scary, unrelatable and loud. It can also be funny, relatable and loud. Under the guidance of Emma Wessleus (Conservatory trained soprano) we will not only learn techniques that will make you sound like a proper opera singer but also how to combine it with Improv. Could we improvise an opera? Of Course we can! Let go on an adventure through the history of music and vocal performance, or even better let’s invent our own.

What to Expect:

  • Improvising both longform pieces and short form games
  • Singing technique
  • Musicality training
  • History of stage performance
  • Enhancing the performance through movement

End of course performance will take place during the evening on 29 May.

When is It: 5 Sundays, 24 April – 29 May (Class will NOT meet 8 May), 13:00-15:00

Where is it: Theatre Deli (2 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF, United Kingdom). Closest tube station are Liverpool Street and Moorgate.

Level: Experienced (12 months+) A class for skilled players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.

We have 3 Courses : Improvised Opera, Choose Your Own Adventure and Freeform, all beginning on Sunday 24th April and running consecutively on the day. If you buy an Additional Course, you get 15% off the 2nd course. If you join all 3 courses you get 20% off all three.


Theatre Deli has a level access for wheelchair users via its Sun Street entrance. Its performance studios (where the workshops will be held) are accessible via lift. You are not likely to encounter any closed or heavy doors during your visit, however some routes are not in constant use and might require the Nursery staff to guide you in. If you require any sort of assistance on the day of your visit, write to us at in advance.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

Afford these courses

Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

Apply HERE for any course that is live on the Nursery website

About the Nursery

The Nursery Theatre is a UK-based improvisational theatre arts charity with students, performers and audiences across the world. With over ten years of experience teaching confidence, creativity and communication to everyone from beginners new to acting and comedy to seasoned veterans polishing their skills both online and in the UK, the Nursery is a leading light in improvisation. Read more about us at

The Nursery does not tolerate harassment of any kind, be it in our virtual or live spaces, or on our social media. People who engage in this kind of behaviour at The Nursery, or at any other organization, will not be allowed to participate in our community, in any capacity, online or in person. For more information, please read our Code of Conduct. If you wish to report any incidents, you can send us an anonymous message here or get in touch to our team directly.


(Sunday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT


Theatre Deli Studios

2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA


Emma Wessleus is a Singer & Improviser who studied Opera at Stockholm Opera Studios and The Amsterdam Conservatory as well as musical theatre in London. She’s performed & taught improv and stand up all over Europe as well as written comedy for shows at Sweden’s national radio. She discovered magic in 2020 and has since then performed as a magician at Evening of Wonders in the West End, The Etcetera Theatre in London and easylaughs in Amsterdam.

Duncan Walsh Atkins has been musical director of Showstoppers! since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End runs, national and international tours, and a BBC Radio 4 series. His other credits include Adam Megiddo’s Burlesque which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical Award, and The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed with Meggido) and Jonathan Harvey’s Taking Charlie for the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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