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OperaQ is calling for expressions of interest from primary schools around greater Brisbane for Sing Story, our brand new series of free music workshops allowing more than 1,000 children the chance to experience the joys of musical theatre.

Students will gain an insight into opera from mezzo-soprano and registered teacher Louise Dorsman, while learning that the 400-year old art form is simply a story told through drama and song.

Over a week long period, we’ll work with four classes to develop their own musical story. OperaQ’s visit will end in a fun-filled concert for fellow students and parents on a Friday afternoon.

“Sing Story highlights the importance of music education in schools. In a typical day, students will deconstruct much-loved operas and look at how the music, in conjunction with costumes and set design tells a story; there are also very strong cross curricular links to both English and Drama,”

“Opera will be presented in a fun environment and students will quickly learn that it is not scary and is very relevant today. We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of music lovers and I urge any primary school in greater Brisbane to enquire about Sing Story as soon as possible as we only have a small amount of bookings available.”
Mark Taylor, Manager of OperaQ’s education program – Open Stage

“The most vital thing we can do as a company is reach out to future audiences – not just for opera, but for live storytelling of all kinds. We have a passion for demystifying the power of music and drama and showing how opera can enrich young people’s lives and stimulate their imagination and creativity. Sing Story will be a fantastic first opera experience and we are delighted that through The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation we are able to reach even more children in schools.”
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director OperaQ

Hear Mark Taylor’s Sing Story interview with Spencer Howson on 612 ABC Brisbane here.