About Scene Change

The British Council have funded, in partnership with High House Production Park and Royal Opera House, this three year cultural skills exchange project.

Initiated in August 2014, Scene Change is a collaboration between the British Council, the Royal Opera House, High House Production Park and Creative & Cultural Skills in the UK and Brazilian partners Theatro Municipal, Spectaculu and FUNARTE in Rio de Janeiro. Facilitated by People’s Palace Projects and part of Transform Brazil programme, the project connected students and teachers in Rio (Brazil) and across the UK (Sussex Downs College, Stratford Upon Avon College, North West Regional College in N. Ireland) with each other’s work and practices to develop dialogue around technical skills practice and engender long term connections.

Scene Change began by internationalising the Royal Opera House’s existing successful live-brief project Design Challenge, developing a model that can digitally reach a broad range of age groups and skill sets.

The project comes to an end after three successful years - it has reached over 100 students across the UK and over 200 students in Rio, both in Spectaculu and a local public school.


Between Thursday 27 April - Saturday 29 April, there will be an exhibition of Scene Change student's work at the Embassy of Brazil in London. Films, costumes, sets and more inspired by three of the world's favourite operas - Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and Lo Schiavo - will be on display.


11:00 - 18:00 every day 27 - 29 April 2017

Embassy of Brazil

14-17 Cockspur Street



La Traviata 5 Minute Video Challenge

As part of the Design Challenge, students were tasked with creating five-minute films based on the themes of the opera La Traviata - above, you can see the UK winner of 'Best Film'. 

Watch the rest of the winning entires from the UK here, and winning Brazilian entires here.

The week ended with an exciting exhibition, the finale of the Design Challenge competition, at the Royal Opera House, which showcased work (design, costume, marketing and make-up) by students from creative and cultural skills colleges in the UK, which Spectaculu’s work was included in. 

Kimono costume design on a mannequin in the Royal Opera House

Sim Canetty-Clarke

Brazilian student Ipojucan stands next to his costume design for a ballerina

British Council

Course work showing blue costume design for Madama Butterfly

Royal Opera House

Nathalia Werneck 4

Nathalia Werneck/Spectaculu

Nathalia Werneck 5

Nathalia Werneck/Spectaculu

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