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Join the company in a series of four interactive livestreamed workshops as you prepare to watch Victorian Opera’s production of Parrwang Lifts the Sky at Arts Centre Melbourne in June 2021.

Ideal for Primary and Secondary School students in Years Foundation to 9.

Aligns with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas in:

  • The Arts: Music, Drama and Visual Arts 
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English

Supported by a downloadable classroom resource and activities tailored to each workshop (available mid-April 2021).

Workshop Information

Presented by composer Simon Bruckard, all four workshops will be livestreamed directly into your classroom on the dates listed below. Workshops will also be available on-demand to accommodate school timetables.

Each workshop will run for approximately 30 minutes and will include a variety of interactive activities.

Please note, workshop content is subject to change.

Workshop 1: What is opera?
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 10.30 am

Join members of the cast as they demonstrate the various voice types and singing styles unique to opera, and learn the secret of how opera singers sing so loudly.  

Workshop 2: Exploring Wadawurrung culture
Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10.30 am

Connect with Wadawurrung culture and discover the ancient story of the first sunrise.

Workshop 3: Direction and design
Wednesday 2 June 2021, 10.30 am

Meet the Director and discover how the story comes to life in the rehearsal room. Explore the designs that will form the set and costumes of the work.

Workshop 4: Moving into the theatre
Monday 7 June 2021, 10.30 am

Discover what happens backstage at the theatre as the production team moves in ahead of the opening performance. Meet the conductor and learn about the different instruments that make up the orchestra.

Performance: Parrwang Lifts the Sky
Thursday 10 June 2021, 10.30 am and 1.00 pm
Friday 11 June 2021, 10.30 am and 1.00 pm (Relaxed Performance)

Did you know that magpies created the first dawn?*

A long time ago….

The sky was a blanket on the land. The earth was in darkness and the people were afraid. It was a very sad state of affairs and would have stayed that way except for the courage of Parrwang the Magpie.

Tjatjarrang (Big Sister) and Koki (Brother) are young, adventurous and tired of living in the dark. When they manage to climb to the highest branches of an ancient gum tree, they discover an exciting new world and a steadfast friend in Parrwang, who decides to help the young humans lift the blanket of darkness from the ground.

A plan is devised, but can Parrwang convince the Great Council of Birds to agree?

*Based on a traditional story from Wadawurrung Country.

Please note: This production is sung in English and Wadawurrung language with English scene descriptors.

Program cost

All four workshops are free with the purchase of tickets to Victorian Opera’s schools’ performance of Parrwang Lifts the Sky.

Student tickets are $16 each with one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked.

How do I book?

  • Book tickets for you and your students to see Parrwang Lifts the Sky via Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Learning Department using one of the buttons below.
  • You will automatically be registered to receive the workshops when tickets are booked.
  • You’ll receive an order confirmation that will let you opt in or out of accessing the workshops.
  • If you opt in, we’ll send you the log-in details to access the program in the week before the first workshop.
  • Log on to Access All Areas of Parrwang Lifts the Sky!

For schools that have students who would benefit from a Relaxed Performance, use the button below to book for Friday 11 June at 1pm (via Arts Centre Melbourne).

If your school is located over 75kms from Arts Centre Melbourne, please see this page.

For more information, contact Education Manager Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or ioannas@victorianopera.com.au

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