The magic of opera is being experienced by Victorian primary school students for the first time through Victorian Opera’s pioneering Access All Areas: Livestream Program

Students are taken behind the scenes for an exclusive and in-depth introduction to opera through Access All Areas: Livestream Program, which runs from 22 May – 17 June ahead of Victorian Opera’s 2019 Education Production: Alice Through the Opera Glass.

The program, delivered across four 45-minute workshops, is designed to introduce primary school students to opera and develop their understanding of the art form. It teaches the fundamentals of opera production including different voice types, characters and story, costumes and sets, foreign languages in opera (French, Italian, and German), and typical instruments in an orchestra. 

Featuring a live audience of primary school students, classrooms can send questions throughout the workshop and are encouraged to interact as much as possible. Each workshop is also available on-demand and supplemented with additional classroom activities and Education Resources.

Launched in 2018, approximately 1400 students from 40 primary schools across Victoria experienced the program ahead of a live performance of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Students gained access to the rehearsal room, behind the curtain at the theatre, and into the orchestra pit.

The program is available free to schools that purchase tickets to attend Alice Through the Opera Glass at the theatre. Schools outside a 150km radius of the performance venue, Arts Centre Melbourne, can livestream the workshops and performance into their classroom for $1 per student.

Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas: Livestream Program is supported by the Department of Education and Training Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program, and the Besen Family Foundation.

For more information on Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas: Livestream Program, visit: www.victorianopera.com.au/access-all-areas

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