Secondary Schools

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Beyond the Stage

Victorian Opera’s exciting new education program for secondary school students breaks down the creation of opera and musical theatre, taking students and teachers through the details of the various artistic and creative components that bring productions to life on stage. 

Program 1: Composing New Opera

Available from Monday 19 April to Friday 27 September 2021

Composers Kevin March and Simon Bruckard take you and your students through their compositions for Victorian Opera’s commissioned work Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra

Over a series of short video interviews, the composers unpack the compositional devices used in their works and explain key components central to composing music for opera. 

Watch a performance of Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra on demand and hear the music come to life on stage.

Ideal for students in Years 9-12 studying Music and Music Styles and Composition.

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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, become familiar with the unique artistic characteristics of opera, explore Wadawurrung culture, and discover what happens inside the rehearsal room.

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

Ideal for Secondary School students in Years 7 to 9.

Aligns with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas in:

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

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

The cost of the program depends on the distance of your school from Arts Centre Melbourne. Select from one of the options below to discover more. 

Work Experience

Join the staff at Victorian Opera and complete your work experience with us in 2021. 

Victorian Opera’s Work Experience program gives Year 10 students the chance to work closely with and be mentored by leading professionals in the arts industry. 

Applications for 2021 Work Experience placements are now closed.

For any further information, please contact Education Manager Ioanna Salmanidis on email or phone (03) 9012 6659.

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