Oz Opera is the touring arm of Opera Australia, with the aim to reach significant adult and student audiences beyond the mainstage seasons in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, while continuing to explore ways to deepen our engagement with each community we visit.
Oz Opera generates community goodwill, delivers a powerful and relevant message of engagement, and works to ensure that the communities where Oz Opera performs are left with an ongoing cultural impact. Read more about Oz Opera.
Working with local presenters and networks, Oz Opera’s Regional Tour enables Australians to access and engage with professionally-staged opera within their own communities.
Since its inception, Oz Opera has successfully enriched the lives of over 215,000 people living, working and visiting regional and rural Australia each year by presenting high calibre opera in a variety of venues and spaces, from pig sheds to proscenium arch theatres.
Oz Opera have travelled more than 225,000 Kilometres by road, and given over 493 performances in over 107 venues.
In 2014 Oz Opera will continue to expand the scope of our successful community engagement program by launching two new initiatives. For the Oz Opera Children's Chorus we will work with chorus leaders across the nation to train over 500 children to be a part of the local choruses of boys and girls, who will then perform alongside our professional cast and crew when our production of Mozart's The Magic Flute comes to their town. Read more about Oz Opera's Regional Tour.
Oz Opera Student Scholarship
The Oz Opera Student Scholarship will be an opportunity for senior secondary students to audition for Oz Opera's Director and Chorusmaster, with the four most promising young singers awarded a scholarship to spend a week with Opera Australia in Sydney, seeing performances and rehearsals, participating in masterclasses and culminating with performing an aria for Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini. Read more about our Student Scholarship.
Oz Opera’s Schools Company aims to heighten cultural awareness and musical education in school-aged Australians by introducing young people to the experience of live performance and enhancing classroom learning in the areas of music and drama.
Music and drama play an inspiring role in the education of children and it is well documented that music has positive effects on the brain by helping children improve their learning and understanding of language, as well as building confidence through engaging in teamwork.
With the combination of music, singing, drama and design, Oz Opera strives to engage young students visually, aurally, imaginatively and emotionally. Read more about the Schools Company.
Since its inception in 1996, Oz Opera's Schools Company has presented live opera to over one million primary school children in metropolitan and regional New South Wales and Victoria with over 5867 performances.
The Schools Company presents around 400 performances each year; performing a range of traditional and contemporary operas that are specifically designed and adapted for K-6 students. Each 50 minute in school performance is followed by an interactive question and answer session supported by a teacher’s resource kit.
The Community Choir Program brings people together through music.
Under the inspirational direction of their community leaders and Opera Australia conductor Simon Kenyway, more than 400 signers from broad cultural and artistic communities come together at the Sydney Opera House, and Sidney Myer Music Bowl to perform a free concert for the families and friends, celebrating the power of the voice. Read more about our Community Choirs.
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