Bringing people together through music.
Opera Australia’s community choirs program aims to increase connection with communities around Australia, supporting a vibrant cultural and artistic life around the nation.
Community singers from the Gold Coast are invited to be part of Opera Australia’s inaugural Opera on the Beach on the shores of Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta in May 2014.
The community singers will form the chorus for this spectacular production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute under the guidance of Opera Australia conductor, Simon Kenway.
In 2013 project Choral Conductor Dr Jonathon Welch AM prepared well loved opera choruses with some 400 singers in groups across Brimbank, Casey and Latrobe City as well as the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, and THECHO!R. They performed at Mazda’s Opera in the Bowl, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Under the inspirational direction of their community leaders and Opera Australia conductor Simon Kenway, 400 singers from across Western Sydney will come together again in 2014 for a massive performance at the Sydney Opera House, supported by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and soloists from Opera Australia. Full details of the 2014 program will be announced in October 2013.
Auburn Community Choir and Newington Community Choir
Auburn City Council
Two recently formed community choirs within the Auburn area have combined for this project.
Blacktown Simply Voices Choir
Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts Centre
This group is made up of an existing seniors' choir, Simply Voices, whose members seek something exhilarating in retirement and consistently performs at local events.
Blue Mountains Community Choir
Blue Mountains City Council
The Blue Mountains Community Choir is made up of participants of existing choirs who have come together for this project.
Casula Powerhouse Pacific Choir
Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool City Council
This choir has been formed as part of the Pacifica programs at Casula Powerhouse which seek to celebrate, showcase, explore, experiment and engage with the local Pacific and diverse communities of South West Sydney. Choir participants in this group come from a variety of existing church choirs from Pacific Islander communities.
Choirs of Macarthur
Campbelltown City Council and Campbelltown Arts Centre
The choir from Campbelltown is made up of different groups that have come together for this project. The groups include: C4, Macarthur Singers, REACH and Sweet Tonic.
Spanish Speaking Community Choir
Fairfield Multicultural Health Services and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
The Spanish Speaking choir was formed to provide those over 55 years of age in the Spanish speaking community with the opportunity to interact with a group, socialise, reduce stress and increase their inclusion within society.
Admission is FREE. Tickets are available from 6 August by calling Opera Australia Ticketing Services on (02) 9318 8200.
Please note: if you are a participant of a choir, or a friend or family member of a participant, you may already have a ticket, so please contact your Choir Leader.