The Regional Children's Chorus of The Marriage of Figaro in Hobart stand on stairs in costume.

Regional Children's Chorus and Student Scholarship

Transforming children’s lives through the power of opera.

Opera is for everyone. We want every child in Australia to have the opportunity to experience opera – no matter where they live.

Every year Opera Australia conducts two inspired and enlightened programs for young Australians in regional Australia: the Regional Children’s Chorus and the Regional Student Scholarship program.

We need your support to continue running these programs.

In 2018, we'll tour Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to twenty-five regional communities in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. John Bell’s production has been specially devised to include a children’s chorus. In each town, sixteen young children are given the extraordinary opportunity to perform on stage alongside principal artists from Opera Australia.

During the course of the tour, we hold workshops and auditions for the Regional Student Scholarship program. In each town, up to ten senior students audition to win a scholarship designed to nurture a new generation of singers. The Scholarship winners are provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Opera Centre in Sydney for an intensive learning program. 

“Regional Australia is full of so many great young singers and so much passion. Kids gained this amazing connection to art and to their own feelings—that’s the power of our program.”

— Josh van Konkelenberg, Regional Children’s Chorus Master

Please donate to these programs. Any donation will help us create the next generation of opera singers and opera lovers. 

Monostatos (Benjamin Rasheed) & Pamina (Stacey Alleaume) on tour with The Magic Flute in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Photo: Aidan Corrigan

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Gift amounts

$75 provides one vocal session with a singing coach for a regional senior student
$185 makes one costume for a child performing in Madame Butterfly

gives one regional music teacher the opportunity to attend an Opera Australia professional development workshop

$540 assists our chorus master to teach regional children the 'Humming Chorus' in one town on the tour
$1,100 pays for a student and an accompanying parent to travel from a regional town to the Opera Centre in Sydney

All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. 

Three boys sit in a dressing room and look over a score of The Marriage of Figaro

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