Access All Areas

Take your students behind the scenes of Victorian Opera’s production, Alice Through the Opera Glass through livestreamed workshops and performances.

Photo: Bri Hammond

Access All Areas: Livestream Program takes your students on a journey into the world of opera without leaving the classroom. Students will learn about the process of producing opera including character creation, set and prop design, and how the production moves from the rehearsal room to the stage. Schools across all corners of the state can experience backstage footage and performances livestreamed direct to the classroom.

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit through the Opera Glass to several different opera destinations in Alice through the Opera Glass. Meet some of opera’s most famous characters and hear them sing opera’s popular hits in this pastiche production curated by Victorian Opera for primary school students. 

Ideal for years F-6.

Aligns with Australian Curriculum Learning Areas in:

  • The Arts – Music, Drama and Visual Arts
  • English
  • Languages – French, Italian and German

Supported by downloadable classroom resources and activities.

Workshop information

All workshops will run for approximately 45 minutes and are livestreamed directly into the classroom. To find out more about accessing the workshops, see the How does it work? section below.

Workshop 1: Alice through the Opera Glass
Wednesday 22 May, 10:30am
Discover the origins of opera and meet Alice and the White Rabbit.

Workshop 2: The design process
Wednesday 29 May, 10:30am
See the design process unfold around the costumes, set and props for each opera featured in the performance.

Workshop 3: Inside the rehearsal room
Wednesday 5 June, 10:30am
Meet the artists and creative team as you enter the rehearsal room to witness how an opera production comes together.

Workshop 4: An orchestral reading
Wednesday 12 June, 10:30am
Experience a live orchestral rehearsal and learn about the various instruments that make up the orchestra.

Performance: Alice through the Opera Glass, Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Theatre
Friday 14 June, 10:30am
Monday 17 June, 10:30am (Livestreamed performance)
Monday 17 June, 1:00pm
See all the elements from the workshops combine when you watch the performance at the theatre or online. Students will be able to ask the cast questions in a Q&A session following the performance. 

Please note: Sections of this production will be sung in French, Italian and German with English scene descriptors. 

Check out the video below to see some of the highlights from the 2018 Access All Areas: Hansel and Gretel Livestream Program. 



The program is priced according to a school’s location from Arts Centre Melbourne. All prices cover the cost of viewing the performance and include four free livestreamed workshops. 

Schools within 150kms from Arts Centre Melbourne

The workshops are available to all schools who book to attend a live on-stage performance of Alice through the Opera Glass at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Theatre.

The school group price for the performance is $15 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. The cost of tickets and travel to the theatre can be subsidised through Arts Centre Melbourne’s First Call Fund. Click here to find out more.

Schools outside 150kms from Arts Centre Melbourne

Schools can gain access to the workshops and the livestreamed performance of Alice through the Opera Glass from Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Theatre.

The school group price is $1 per student with no additional charge to teachers.

How does it work?

Schools that sign up to the program will receive an email with the link and login details required to access the livestreamed workshops and performance*. Workshops will also be made available on-demand to better suit school timetable planning.

Tickets will go on sale from mid-November but in the meantime, register your interest for next year’s Access All Areas Livestream Program below and we’ll send you a reminder.

*The livestreamed performance is only available to participating schools situated outside the 150kms Arts Centre Melbourne radius.

For more information, please contact our Education Officer, Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or

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