Opera Australia’s 2018 NSW Schools Tour was launched at South Coogee Public School, marking a 20 year milestone of this vital outreach program that has showcased opera to more than 1.4 million children since its inception.
“The Opera Australia Schools Tour is a wonderful initiative that taps into the power of music to give thousands of primary school students across NSW the experience of live performance direct to their classroom,” said NSW Minister for the Arts, The Hon Don Harwin.
Recognising the huge impact that music has on childhood learning and development, Opera Australia has continued to run the Schools Tour every yearsince 1998, delivering more than 7500 performances to government and independent schools in regional and metropolitan areas across the country. This year the company will tour NSW with a custom-made production ofThe Magic Flute.
Travelling to over 100 schools across regional and metropolitan NSW – as far as Coffs Harbour in the north and Queanbeyan in the south – the Schools Tour represents an important initiative by Opera Australia to provide primary school students the opportunity to experience live performance.
Also on hand to mark the occasion and to launch this year’s tour was NSW Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith MP and Opera Australia CEO Rory Jeffes.
“The Schools Tour is crucial to Opera Australia’s core values and commitment to bringing opera to new audiences and to offer people of all ages – especially children – the opportunity to discover live performance in all shapes and sizes.” said Opera Australia CEO Rory Jeffes. “We are delighted to celebrate 20 years today and look forward to developing our Schools Tour program into the future.”
An integral part of the Tour is the inclusion of Auslan ShadowInterpreted performances, which will take place in NSW schools from May. Opera Australia is one of the first performing arts companies to pioneer this practise, which integrates the interpreters into the live performance, enabling children who are Deaf or hard of hearing to more fully experience the joy of live music and theatre.
After performing to Victorian school students in 2017, The Magic Flute is returning to New South Wales schools by popular demand. This fully–staged 50-minute version of Mozart’s opera was devised especially for Opera Australia and is supported by curriculum-based teachers’ resource material.