Access All Areas: Livestream Program


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 from 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: All things Production
Wednesday 9 June 2021, 10.30 am

Meet the key people who play important roles behind the scenes in preparing the production for the stage.

Livestreamed Performance: Parrwang Lifts the Sky
Friday 11 June 2021, 10.30 am

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

The cost of the program is $1 per student with no extra charge to teachers.

How do I book?

  • Click on the ‘Register Now’ button and follow the prompts to register and pay for the program by credit card.


  • Download, complete and return the Invoice Request Form to register and pay for the program via an invoice sent to your school.
  • 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!

If your school is located within 75km of Arts Centre Melbourne, see this page.

For more information, contact Education Manager 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.