Sharing the magic of opera

This year over 45,000 children in greater Sydney and regional NSW will experience the timeless comedy of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville—and for many it will be their first encounter with opera.

Sharing the magic of opera

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Opera Australia’s seven-month NSW schools tour kicks off today and concludes on 12 September 2014.

Its specially adapted 50-minute version of The Barber of Seville will be visiting primary schools throughout Sydney and regional NSW including Mittagong, Wagga Wagga and Grafton. With its madcap antics, cunning disguises and all sorts of crazy confusion, this version of Rossini’s wonderfully entertaining The Barber of Seville is a perfect introduction to opera for young audiences.

Opera Australia has been touring to primary schools in NSW and Victoria since 1998, performing to well over 1 million students in that time. In 2014 in NSW,The Barber of Seville will be performed more than 200 times in more than 120 primary schools and will be seen by more than 45,000 children. Teachers are sent Education Kits about the performance beforehand, so the children know the story and some of the music.

Giving students access to performing arts and artists of the highest calibre is a key tenet of Opera Australia’s education activity—and its regional tour enables children across the state to experience the magic of opera in their very own classrooms, including video-conference workshops to students in regional and remote areas and Auslan-interpreted performances for hearing impaired children.

As the company says, ‘You’re never too young to be spellbound by a live opera performance’.

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