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OPERA IN EDUCATION

BE PART OF THE MAGIC!

In 2017 West Australian Opera will celebrate its 50th anniversary and we are delighted to offer you a year of performances, workshops and magical operatic experiences for students, educators and community groups.  We are your state opera company.  We want to hear your stories and share ours.

From the excitement of stepping onto the red carpet at one of our performances housed within His Majesty’s Theatre or singing in your classroom we have a variety of outreach programs and performances that offer a participatory or audience perspective inside and out the traditional theatre setting.

Our programs offer teachers and students an opportunity to enrich their learning experiences and offer curriculum links including but not limited to Responding, Making, Introduction of musical concepts, Historical context, Literacy, Creative and critical thinking, Intercultural understanding and  Personal and social capabilities.

From bel canto voices to backstage secrets, we dare you to take part and experience the magic and many layers of opera. Contact Terasa Letizia, Education Manager directly education@waopera.asn.au or 0417 902 592 to find out more.

OPERA IN SCHOOLS – WE VISIT YOU!

Smarter Than Smoking Our Opera Our WA 

Two singers and a pianist will share their stories in an intimate musical journey of their life.  Why did they begin singing?  Who are their hero’s?  What led them to opera?  Featuring popular opera repertoire and lots of surprises we invite you to discover our stories and share yours.  This work supports the West Australian Music Curriculum and encourages students to express and quantify their thoughts and feelings.

  • Dates –  Monday 27 February  to Friday 3 March (Term 1 Week 5) AND  Monday 28 August  to Friday 1 September  (Term 3 Week 8)
  • Duration – 50 minutes
  • Venue – At your school (classroom, undercover area, theatre or library)
  • Cost – $5 per student (minimum fee of $300)
  • Suitability – Years 1 – 8
  • To book – Contact education@waopera.asn.au or call 0417 902 592

Smarter Than Smoking Sing Out Loud

Your voice is your own mobile instrument so let’s have some fun and Sing out loud! Suitable for choirs and non-singers alike and direct links to the West Australian Music Curriculum together we will explore rhythm, tempo, pitch, dynamics and form before joining our artists in a final aria.  Students will be physically engaged from start to finish.

  • Dates – Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June  (Term 2)
  • Duration – 50 minutes
  • Venue – At your school (classroom, undercover area, theatre or library)
  • Cost – $5 per student (minimum fee of $300)
  • Suitability – Years 1 – 8
  • To book – Contact education@waopera.asn.au or call 0417 902 592

EXCURSIONS – COME AND SEE US!

Wesfarmers Arts Make-up Workshops

Students of all ages will be completely immersed in this practical, hands on workshop.  Our professional, industry make-up artist will demonstrate stagecraft techniques in the creation of a character including ageing, bruising and blood then it’s over to you to experiment with professional products and create your own personality.

  • Date – Available on request throughout the year
  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Venue – West Australian Opera, 3rd Floor Studio, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
  • Cost – $15 per student or only $5 per student if booked with a main house performance. Minimum fee $300
  • Suitability – Year 4 – 12
  • To book – Contact education@waopera.asn.au or call 0417 902 592

Smarter Than Smoking WACE Workshop

Year 11 and 12 music students are invited into our studio to participate in a workshop that explores pitch, tone, musical interaction and stylistic interpretation within the practical performance component of the WACE curriculum.  Featuring artists of West Australian Opera and facilitated by Nicole Sullivan, Program Coordinator Voice/Piano, School of Instrumental Musical Services (SIMS).  Mark this in your diary now.  Maximum 30 students.

  • Date –  Saturday 25 March (School Holidays)
  • Duration – 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Venue – West Australian Opera, 3rd Floor Studio, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
  • Cost – $10 per student PLUS stay to view the dress rehearsal performance of Tosca
  • Suitability – Year 11 and 12 music students.  Teachers welcome
  • To book – Contact education@waopera.asn.au or call 0417 902 592

Wesfarmers Arts Production Workshops

West Australian Opera gives your students an exclusive backstage pass to the mysterious and hidden world of theatre.  Experience a two hour hands on workshop exploring the elements that make an opera production come to life including lighting, stage management and flying.  Workshops are conducted by professional, practicing industry staff.

  • Date – Available on request during our main house seasons of Tosca, The Merry Widow and Lucia
  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Venue – West Australian Opera, 3rd Floor Studio, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
  • Cost – $20 per student or only $5 per student if booked with a main house performance.  Minimum fee of $300
  • Suitability – Year 7 – 12
  • To book – Contact education@waopera.asn.au or call 0417 902 592

West Australian Opera is committed to introducing our art form to new audiences and encouraging a lifelong love for opera.  We are thrilled to introduce our Youth Ambassador Program in this our 50th Anniversary year.  We will select 8 secondary students to join West Australian Opera for a year of backstage secrets, meeting artists and discovering the multiple layers of presenting an opera. Open to students in years 9 to 12.
Applications now open and close on Feb 25 2017.

WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA YOUTH AMBASSADOR

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The stage is set. The audience awaits with anticipation in the foyers. You and your students arrive and walk the red carpet as you enter the theatre. Greeted upon entry be prepared to experience an unforgettable evening with West Australian Opera.

TEACHERS RECEIVE 2 x COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TO OUR PERFORMANCE PREVIEW
Make a school group booking to either Tosca, The Merry Widow or Lucia di Lammermoor and receive 2 x FREE tickets to the preview performance. This will give you an opportunity to see the performance prior to your students. PLUS contact our Education Manager and ask about our complimentary add ons:

  • A pre performance talk?
  • A post performance backstage tour?
  • We want to assist you in creating an evening that will be a magical learning journey for your students

All of our performances at His Majesty’s Theatre have surtitle screens and are accompanied by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

TOSCA

Puccini’s beloved TOSCA is one of the most well known within opera repertoire. Tosca tells the story of the beautiful singer Floria Tosca and her desperate attempts to save her lover, Cavaradossi an artist from the fatal hands of Scarpia the chief of police who is determined to have Tosca for himself. Dramatic, haunting and with a rich, melodic score this is a must see!

  • Performances – March 28, 30 and April 01, 04, 06, 08
  • Time – 7.30pm
  • Venue – His Majesty’s Theatre
  • Cost – $30 per student PLUS 1 free ticket with every 9 tickets purchased. Additional teacher/accompanying adult tickets are available at student rates.
  • Suitability – Years 9 – 12
  • Enquiries – Terasa Letizia, Education Manager 0417 902 592 or education@waopera.asn.au
  • To Book Ticketek Groups 1300 364 001

THE MERRY WIDOW

Join us for an evening of fun, glamour and romance. The Principality of Pontevedro is facing financial ruin. How will the diplomats of Pontevedro secure the fortunes of Hanna, a beautiful rich widowed heiress? Lehar’s The Merry Widow is a delightful operetta that will have you leave the theatre smiling.

  • Performances – July 15, 18, 20, 21, 22 July 19 (matinee)
  • Time – 7.30pm 1.30pm
  • Venue – His Majesty’s Theatre
  • Cost – $30 per student PLUS 1 free ticket with every 9 tickets purchased. Additional teacher/accompanying adult tickets are available at student rates.
  • Suitability – Years 7 – 12
  • Enquiries – Terasa Letizia, Education Manager 0417 902 592 or education@waopera.asn.au
  • To Book Ticketek Groups 1300 364 001

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Donizetti’s bel canto score will take you on an emotional rollercoaster as this tale of two lovers unfolds on stage. Two noble Scottish families the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods are sworn enemies. In what can be described as a Scottish Romeo and Juliet only heartbreak and tragedy can arise when Lucia Ashton and Edgardo Ravenswood fall in love

  • Performances – October 26, 28 and November 02, 04
  • Time – 7.30pm
  • Venue – His Majesty’s Theatre
  • Cost – $30 per student PLUS 1 free ticket with every 9 tickets purchased. Additional teacher/accompanying adult tickets are available at student rates.
  • Suitability  – Years 7 – 12
  • Enquiries  -Terasa Letizia, Education Manager 0417 902 592 or education@waopera.asn.au
  • To Book Ticketek Groups 1300 364 001
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