In 2020 the Glasshouse, Conservatorium Mid North Coast and Opera Australia are providing some unique and exciting opportunities for our local vocalists.


Experience the magic of a curtain call…

The 2020 Regional Children’s Chorus program will give 20 children aged between 9 and 14 years in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region the chance to perform as the Chorus in Opera Australia’s touring regional production, to be announced 30 January 2020.

Children will audition and then train with a local choir leader. 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 live theatre performance.

Through the rehearsal and performance process, children also gain a wider understanding of opera, which we hope sparks interest in future artistic pursuits.

WHEN: June - August 2020
SUITABLE FOR: Stages 3-5


Calling the next generation of opera and musical theatre stars.

Opera Australia encourages senior secondary students across regional Australia to dream big, with the Regional Vocal Scholarship.

Year 11 and 12 students interested in opera or musical theatre, are invited to apply for this wonderful opportunity. The four successful students (from across Australia) will receive the Scholarship prize of a week-long visit to Sydney in January 2021, where they take in amazing opportunities including exclusive workshops with industry leaders, tickets to world-class performances at the Sydney Opera House, and the chance to perform for Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and Opera Australia’s guests.

Applications are submitted using an online form, and each student should provide two videos singing an opera, classical or musical theatre piece.

Opera has the power to move, to change lives, to touch something great in us all, and make us recognise in ourselves what it is to be human. The experience of watching and participating in live performance are unique and unforgettable, and should be available to all.


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