The cast of Madama Butterfly in Tennant Creek

Education, Access and Outreach

Help spread opera to schools and communities.

Choose to support from the following programs:


Help us take musical storytelling and opera into primary and secondary schools.

Primary Schools

By the light of the Moon Schools Tour

The NSW Schools Tour of By the Light of the Moon. Photo by Keith Saunders

Every year, we perform to 80,000 primary school children through our schools tour of Victoria and NSW.

It's always a big event. Operas consist of new Australian works, such as 2016’s El Kid and 2018’s By the Light of the Moon, and adaptations of classic opera like The Barber of Seville and Cinderella.

The schools tour presents up to three sessions in a day, and each session consists of a 50-minute performance of a complete opera followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers with the students and teachers.

Every opera is accompanied by a teachers resource kit which links the genre and key themes to classroom activities.

“My class thoroughly enjoyed today’s performance… they were all so engaged! They even tried to sing along with the songs they’d heard snippets of during the show. Afterwards they drew pictures of the characters they liked seeing. A fantastic performance, and to get six-year-olds not only interested but understanding everything, you did an amazing job!”

Rebecca Michael, classroom teacher/music coordinator, Mittagong Public School

Secondary Schools

Recipients of the 2017 Opera Australia Regional Vocal Scholarship

The four recipients of the 2017 Regional Vocal Scholarship. Photo by Keith Saunders

Secondary schools can access $59 discounted tickets for students to experience selected opera productions. A large percentage of secondary students major in performance. We provide workshops to students to develop skills in singing, music theatre and performance delivery.

A night at the opera is something your students will never forget. Tap into the imagination of great composers, writers, designers and directors.

Years: 7–12
Curriculum Links: Music, English, Visual Arts/Design, Drama, History, Dance, Italian, French

For Educators

For teachers we provide high quality and curriculum-aligned digital teaching resources. We help teachers help students to meet their education requirements. We help generalist teachers develop skills, particularly in music, singing, drama and storytelling.

Our easy to access and use online database of quality singing material (opera, music theatre) for teachers provides age-appropriate singing repertoire with necessary support such as piano accompaniments and lesson ideas. We will offer these resources nationally in 2020.

Workshops and Regional Tour

Help us provide workshops, masterclasses and opportunities to be part of a production.

Support our Workshops and Regional Tour Program.

The Childrens Chorus in The Marriage of Figaro

The Children's Chorus in the National Tour production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Jeff Busby

As Australia’s national opera company our aim is to perform some of the greatest music ever written to as many people as possible. Each year we undertake a regional tour — one year in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia (the ‘hot’ tour) and the following year in Victoria, Tasmania, southern New South Wales and South Australia (the ‘cold’ tour). This is an extraordinary opportunity for people in remote and regional areas to experience opera.

During our tours we provide secondary students with masterclasses and education workshops by professional artists to develop skills in dramatic singing, drama, set design and more.

We engage a choir of students between the ages of 9-14 to perform as the Children’s Chorus in regional productions. This program provides an incredible opportunity which draws in young people, their families, schools and the wider community, leaving a lasting legacy. Since its inception, we have worked with 100 Children Choruses, to give over 2000 children a performance experience with their national opera company.


“The masterclass with the orchestra was terrific and a fantastic opportunity for local, young musicians to see how the professionals do it. Thanks.”

David, Burnie

Young Artist Program

Help us create the next generation. Support the Young Artists Program.

Cast members of the Marriage of Figaro on the steps of Sydney Opera House

Alumni of the Young Artist Program who sung principal roles in The Marriage of Figaro in 2019. Photo by Keith Saunders

We consider developing young artists as one of our greatest obligations and one of our greatest privileges. As long as imaginative and responsible opera companies nurture and care for young singers, there will be great opera. It is as simple — and as difficult — as that.

We have been discovering and developing the talents of exceptional young artists for more than three decades. Each year we offer the most promising young singers in the country the opportunity to undertake a rigorous training program which includes individual vocal coaching, masterclasses, language and stagecraft coaching as well as performance opportunities in recitals and roles on stage.

Your donation helps cultivate the next generation of opera stars.


Wakil group photo at Sydney Opera House

A group of people who saw their first opera through the Wakil access program. Photo by Clare Hawley

We give families, communities and people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy opera.

Access Program — Gives the opportunity to attend a performance for just $20 to those who would not be able to attend otherwise. The Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation provides generous support for this access program. We need your support to continue to grow it and reach more people.

Community Programs — Our community programs introduce hundreds of students, families, adults and seniors to the power of opera. We provide these free communal and cultural celebrations at Mazda Opera in the Domain and Mazda Opera in the Bowl each year.


Help us to reach more people and communities. Support our outreach programs.

By the Light of the Moon with Auslan shadow interpreting

A performance of By the Light of the Moon with Auslan shadow interpreting.

Our outreach programs work to transcend barriers so that no matter where you live or your economic or social status students get to experience, engage and delight in music and opera.

In partnership with Deaf Children Australia, Opera Australia presents accessible primary school performances with Australian Sign Language (Auslan) for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community called Auslan Shadow Interpreted Performances. This pioneering and award-winning program leads the way in increasing access to the performing arts for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

The singing and storytelling program for primary schools is our innovative and far-reaching new initiative in partnership with Anglicare Victoria to go into under-served and disadvantaged suburbs to train teachers to teach and implement singing programs in schools. We are addressing the needs that teachers are not equipped to teach music curriculum and that many children from low socio-economic backgrounds miss out in singing and music.

“I have had so much positive feedback from students and staff about this year’s show….it was spectacular! We thoroughly enjoyed the story line, the amazing voices and the signed singing by the incredible Auslan interpreters. Students were engaged through the whole performance.”

Simone Poyner, Auslan Specialist Teacher, Rosanna Golf Links Primary School


To learn more about our education, access and outreach programs and how you may be able to help, please contact:

For Trusts and Foundations
Retha Howard
Trusts and Foundations Manager
+61 2 9318 8264

For Individuals
Amelia Jones
Major Gifts Manager
+61 2 9318 8330

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