Project Puccini is a world-first initiative by Opera Queensland, which gives hundreds of Queenslanders the opportunity to perform in the chorus of a brand new production of Puccini's La bohème.

The Project Puccini team will travel more than 21,000 kilometres over a six-month period from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Mount Isa.

Auditions for adults and children to sing and act alongside OperaQ's principal artists and Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians were held in March and April 2014, with the La bohème regional tour running from August to September 2014.

OperaQ has employed a chorus master and rehearsal coordinator from each region and will work with local arts centres, theatres, councils and sponsors to ensure the highest standard of performance and personal development opportunities for budding local artists.

Following an intensive 10-week development program, Project Puccini chorus members will take to the stage as part of OperaQ's regional tour of La bohème equipped with improved music and drama skills, new social and creative networks and an increased sense of community.

Project Puccini is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund, and is also supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation.

Griffith University is also supporting Project Puccini by facilitating a study that will examine the overall impact of the project on participating communities, as well as the impact on individual's well-being/health outcomes and level of connection with the arts,self-expression through the practise of singing and drama, confidence-building, social cohesion and social connection.

How to get involved!

Select the region on the map closest to where you live to follow the journey of your local chorus.

Have any questions? Check out the Project Puccini FAQ's here.

Opera Queensland is seeking the support of local businesses who would like to be involved in this ground-breaking arts project. Find out more here.