Strap yourselves in and get ready to be transported to the floating city of Venice for a story that will remind you to shine bright and stand out from the crowd.

Angelina is a designer, costumier and seamstress of unparalleled skill. She longs to design bold, beautiful clothing but is stuck making ugly garments for her social-climbing step-father Don Magnifico and sister Tisbe.

Prince Ramiro has been charged to host a grand ball during the Venetian Carnival and wants to wear something wild and unusual to prove his uniqueness. He announces a city-wide competition, but is there anyone in Venice who can rise to the challenge?

Based on Rossini’s Cenerentola, this brand new production has been especially devised for school students of all ages. Complete with striking costumes and vibrant scenery, our professional opera singers perform live and in English.

A range of dynamic and interactive curriculum-based teacher resources are available online to help classroom teachers explore the music and broaden their student’s appreciation of the opera form.

Cinderella is designed as a school incursion and available throughout Metropolitan and Regional New South Wales and ACT from May 2022.

Composer Gioachino Rossini
Musical Adaptation Robert Andrew Greene
Libretto Liesel Badorrek
Director Liesel Badorrek
Designer Mark Thompson
Music Director Luke Spicer


Foundation – Grade 6


60 minutes set up, 30 minutes pack down


60 minutes, including Q&A session

  • 6m x 6m cleared space
  • 2.5m ceiling height minimum
  • Ground level access with no more than 5 stairs
  • Direct vehicle access to venue (no more than 20m)
  • Power outlet

$8 per student (no GST is charged)


150 students per performance


Ph: 0416 644 974


Every year, Opera Australia performs to 80,000 primary school children throughout Victoria and NSW.

It's always a big event. Opera Australia arrives at the start of the school day, complete with opera costumes, sets, four singers and a pianist. They need about 60 minutes to set up in your hall (or any large space), then they are ready to perform.

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.

Preparation and follow-up is all part of the experience: when you book you receive an Opera Australia teacher resource pack. This includes suggestions for classroom extension activities both before and after the opera incursion.

Government Partners

Supporting Partner
Program Partner

Qantas: Spirit of Australia

Opera Australia would like to thank the Gailey Lazarus Foundation and the Donald Allan Wright Opera Trust for their support of the Schools Touring Program.