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Access All Areas: Livestream Program takes your students behind the scenes of Parrwang Lifts the Sky without leaving the classroom.


Join the team at Victorian Opera as they prepare for the schools' performances of Parrwang Lifts the Sky.

Over a series of four interactive workshops, students will meet the singers, composer and director, explore the unique artistic characteristics of opera, and discover what happens inside the rehearsal room to bring the opera to life on stage.

The program concludes with a performance of Parrwang Lifts the Sky, composed by Yorta Yorta soprano and composer, Deborah Cheetham AO. This new opera tells the creation story of the sunrise based on a traditional story from Wadawurrung Country.

Ideal for Primary School students in Years Foundation to 6.

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).


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

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the program differs depending on the location of your school.

For schools located within 75km of Arts Centre Melbourne, tickets are $16 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket available for every 10 students booked. Schools attend the performance at the theatre and receive all four workshops free of charge.

For schools located outside 75km of Arts Centre Melbourne, tickets are $1 per student, with no additional charge for teachers. Schools watch a livestreamed version of the performance from their classroom and receive all four workshops free of charge.

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For any further information about our Primary School Programs, please email Education Manager Ioanna Salmanidis at or call (03) 9012 6659.

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