Primary Schools

Each year, Victorian Opera brings opera to thousands of children with livestreamed workshops and dedicated schools’ performances for all primary school students.



In 2020, Victorian Opera presents Jules Massenet’s opera, Cendrillon (Cinderella) based on Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale of the same name.

Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters are off to Prince Charming’s ball leaving Cinderella at home wishing she could attend. Luckily, with the help of the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella gets her wish and heads off to the ball in a beautiful gown and glass slippers but must return by midnight.

This humorous and heart-warming production is perfect for students from Years Foundation to 6 with lessons in kindness, forgiveness and following your dreams.

Cendrillon aligns with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas in:

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

Accompanied by Victorian Opera’s Education Resource containing background information and fun classroom activities for each year level (available April 2020).

Please note, this production is sung in French with English scene descriptors.

Prepare for the performance with Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas: Livestream Program. Meet the cast, orchestra and creative team, and explore the wonderful world of opera through four interactive workshops livestreamed directly into your classroom. For more information, see the Access All Areas section below. 

Performance details

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 12 June 2020, 10.30am and 1pm*
Monday 15 June 2020, 10.30am and 1pm

*Relaxed Performance

Duration: 50 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session led by cast members from the production.

How do I book tickets?

Tickets are $16 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Tickets available via Arts Centre Melbourne’s Learning Department.

Visit Arts Centre Melbourne’s First Call Fund and Public Transport Victoria to find out how you can save on ticket and travel costs.


Access All Areas: Livestream Program takes your students on a journey into the world of Cinderella without leaving the classroom.


Over a series of four interactive workshops, students will explore the process of producing opera and become familiar with each of the creative elements involved as they meet the cast, designer, director, conductor and orchestral musicians. The program concludes when students watch a performance of Cinderella from Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse. 

Ideal for Primary school students in Years Foundation to 6.

Term 2: 20 May to 15 June 2020

Aligns with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas in:

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

Supported by downloadable classroom resources and activities tailored to each workshop (available April 2020).

For any further information about our Primary School Programs please email Eduation 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.