Opera workshops will be a high note for Queensland schools

OPERA Queensland will bring the joy of music to more than 1000 primary school children this year with Sing Story, a series of free music workshops culminating in a fun-filled concert.

Expressions of interest are being sought from schools keen to experience the program.

The state opera company will visit each school for a week, working with four classes to develop their own musical story.

OperaQ's visit will end in a fun-filled concert for fellow students and parents.

Students will glean insight into the world of opera from registered teacher Louise Dorsman, while learning that opera is simply a story told through drama and song.

OperaQ open stage manager Mark Taylor said Sing Story highlighted 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," Mr Taylor said.

"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."

OperaQ is now accepting expressions of interest from primary schools. For details, visit operaq.com.au/sing-story.

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