Share the joy of opera with children all over Australia
Opera Australia enables children all across Australia to take the first steps on their own special journeys with opera, through our Regional Children’s Chorus and Regional Student Scholarship programs.
The 2015 Regional Children’s Chorus program gives 24 children aged between 9 and 14 years in each community visited on our regional tour the chance to perform as the Chorus in The Magic Flute.
In 2014, the program involved 478 children in 26 towns throughout Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT, in 33 performances to a total audience of over 15,000.
The Magic Flute is Mozart’s classic fairy tale featuring some of the most beloved and recognisable opera music, including the virtuosic ‘Queen of the Night’ aria, as well as timeless themes of coming of age, facing adversity, the importance of forgiveness and good triumphing over evil.
Directed by acclaimed Australian playwright Michael Gow, this magical new production takes inspiration from adventure films like The Mummy and the Indiana Jones series. Featuring Tamino as an explorer on a mission to rescue the beautiful princess Pamina — trapped in an Egyptian tomb complete with buried treasure - this opera is for all the family.
Community participation and musical excellence
Opera Australia collaborates with the local venues and music educators at each step of the process. A local choir leader is provided with all the materials and assistance required to train the children beforehand. An Opera Australia Chorus Master travels to each town to rehearse the children into the performance. On the day of the performance, children rehearse onstage with the professional cast and orchestra, then perform in costume that night as the ‘three spirits’, the animals, and other chorus roles.
Side by side with some of Opera Australia’s finest singers, the Children's Chorus will feel the magic of taking a curtain call and receiving the instant positive feedback of applause from their family and friends in the audience.
Through the rehearsal and performance process children also gain a wider understanding of opera, which may spark interest in future artistic pursuits.
The Children’s Chorus is a collaborative process that encourages teamwork, focus, participation and confidence as well as a love of music.
At Opera Australia we believe a love for the arts is a lifelong journey which will enrich your life in immeasurable ways. It keeps on giving. The Regional Children’s Chorus is an important part of this journey:
Students from Bendigo and Armidale used their new skills and were cast in the children’s ensemble for the main stage production of Tosca at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Bathurst recorded increased numbers in their community choir, from both children involved in the Children’s Chorus and adults who were in the audience.
Fostering the future of arts education
In the modern world it is becoming increasingly recognised that the skills engendered by a solid arts education are important for success in life and youth development. As part of Australia’s largest performing arts company, Opera Australia is uniquely in the position to be able to fulfil this need.
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Opera Australia's regional and schools touring program is made possible by generous donations from opera lovers. Opera Australia would like to thank:
The Andrews Foundation
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund
The Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation