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 2018 Regional Children’s Chorus program gives 20 children aged between 9 and 14 years in each community visited on our regional tour the chance to perform as the Chorus in Madame Butterfly.
In 2017, The Marriage of Figaro toured to Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia where 294 children took part, and we're excited to offer this opportunity to more children in 2018 as part of the Madame Butterfly tour across Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.
Puccini's popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers' first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria 'One Fine Day' and the Humming Chorus, along with Japanese and American musical themes.
One of Australia's greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of local children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Puccini’s beautiful music.
Find out when Madame Butterfly is coming to a town near you!
Community participation and musical excellence
Opera Australia collaborates with local venues and music educators at each step of the process of creating this program. 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.
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 we hope sparks 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.
In 2017, the Arts Centre Gold Coast is creating a brand new choir from across the region to take part.
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:
Gabby Walters, in memory of her parents Jane and Laurie Walters