Access All Areas

Go behind the scenes with Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas Program without leaving the classroom.

Cleo Lee-McGowan and Shakira Dugan in Victorian Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel. Photo: Charlie Kinross

Did you take your students to see the performance of Hansel and Gretel at Arts Centre Melbourne in June but miss out on the four free workshops? It’s not too late to register and access them on-demand.

Access All Areas takes your students on a journey into the world of opera without leaving the classroom. Hosted by music educator Angus Grant, students will gain access to the creative process, rehearsal studio and orchestra pit as they learn the tricks of the theatrical trade.

Access All Areas: Hansel and Gretel Livestream Program

Ideal for students F-6.

Align with Australian Curriculum Learning Areas in The Arts, English, Languages and Technologies.

Supported by downloadable curriculum-aligned classroom resources and activities tailored to each workshop.

Please note, the workshops will remain available on-demand until Friday 3 August. 

What does each workshop cover?

Workshop 1: What is opera?

Begin your operatic journey with the first workshop which introduces you and your students to the wonderful world of opera. Find out what makes opera unique and how it differs from other art forms.

Workshop 2: Hansel and Gretel

Explore the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel and gain a deeper understanding of the story by getting to know the characters, director and creative team.

Workshop 3: Inside the Rehearsal Room

Enter the rehearsal room to meet the cast and crew of Hansel and Gretel and discover how an opera production comes together.

Workshop 4: An Orchestral Reading

Experience a live orchestral rehearsal of the Hansel and Gretel score streamed from Arts Centre Melbourne. Learn about the various musical instruments that make up an orchestra and witness the set come to life as the production team assemble the stage.

All workshops are approximately 45 minutes in length. 

For more information, please contact our Education Officer, Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9001 6400 or

Victorian Opera acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.