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 tour running from July to September 2014.
OperaQ have 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.
An intensive 10-week development program will equip all participants with improved music and drama skills, new social and creative networks, and an increased sense of community, wellbeing and self-esteem.
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 are 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. You can follow the progress of our selected choruses there.
Have any questions? Check out the Project Puccini FAQ's here.
We are also looking for budding filmmakers in each region to help document its world-first arts project. Filmmakers will be granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the project. To register your interest fill out our Expression of Interest form.
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.