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Opera in prison

Young Portuguese inmates sing Mozart opera on way to freedom.

Ópera na Prisão (Opera in Prison)

Since 2003, professional artists from the world of classical music and young inmates have been meeting regularly inside a prison to exchange artistic experiences and set up an operatic production. A Mozart opera is performed, in 3-year cycles, involving the inmates, the direction of the prison, the technicians, the guards, family members, the outside community, an orchestra and professional opera singers. After a premiere behind bars, the production took the stage of the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, and continued its life outside, in the heart and in the memory of all those who heard it and were part of it.

Main Goal

Lower the rate of criminal recidivism among young inmates.

Funding Entity

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Programa PARTIS.
Portugal Inovação Social 2020.
Fundação Caixa Agrícola de Leiria.


SAMP – Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos.
Estabelecimento Prisional de Leiria Jovens.
Direção Geral de Serviços Prisionais
Câmara Municipal de Leiria.
Escola de Dança Clara Leão.