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.
36 adults and 12 children from Toowoomba have now been chosen to form a local chorus to sing in Italian and act alongside OperaQ’s principal artists and musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a professionally staged opera.
OperaQ is delighted with the initial response to Project Puccini, the nearly 800 enthusiastic singers who auditioned across the state and the quality of the singing we heard in Toowoomba. The successful participants were chosen by the auditioning panel because they demonstrated strong vocal ability, aptitude for language and stage presence during the audition process.
After a 10-week development program, the Empire Theatre Chorus is amidst final preparations before taking to the stage in La bohème at the Empire Theatre on 15 August.
OperaQ have employed a local chorus master and rehearsal coordinator, and will work in partnership with the Empire Theatre to ensure the highest standard of performance and personal development opportunities for budding local artists.
Chorus Master: Harley Mead
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jeanette Wedmaier
Project Puccini is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund, and is also supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation.
The project aims to equip participants with improved music and drama skills, new social and creative networks, and an increased sense of community and wellbeing.
Project Puccini in Toowoomba is also proudly supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
How to get involved!
Auditions for Project Puccini Toowoomba have already been held but you can follow the progress of the successful participants here as they get ready to take to the stage for La bohème at the Empire Theatre on 15 August.
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.