Unlike many community engagement programs, Opera Queensland targets adults in two programs it runs, not solely school children.
This confirms recent research from Oxford University which found thatgroup singing can improve physical and mental health, as well as promote social bonding.
OperaQ has recently launched its 2016 program of Open Stage workshops where members of the community work with OperaQ’s artists to discover their creative potential, with voice, movement and drama classes tailored to a range of abilities, culminating in a presentation at the end of the week.
Past participants have described the Open Stage experience as ‘life-changing’.
Feedback from OperaQ's 2015 Open Stage workshops included:
I had so much fun during this week and I would definitely do it again. My confidence and singing improved each time I attended and performing with the friends I made in the workshop made the whole experience so special.
OperaQ’s Project Rossini (which builds on its previous Project Puccini) is a large, ambitious project in which the company works with eight Queensland communities to find and train local performers for a 2016 tour ofThe Barber of Seville.
During Project Rossini, around 250 Queenslanders will learn to sing opera, dance the fandango and perform in a new international touring production of Gioachino Rossini’sBarber.
Successful applicants will participate in a program of free professional training in singing, dancing, stagecraft and Italian language skills before taking to the stage in their local theatres alongside Queensland’s best singers and with the support of an ensemble of musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Auditions to find 30 chorus members in each community are underway, withThe Barber of Seville tour starting on Saturday 9 July in Brisbane and finishing on Wednesday 24 August in Toowoomba.