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 Townsville will be 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.

Auditions to become a part of the ‘Townsville Chorus’ will be held from 15 to 17 April 2014. Successful chorus members will then take part in a 10-week development program before performing in La bohème at the Townsville Civic Centre on 30 August.

OperaQ have employed a local chorus master and rehearsal coordinator, and will work in partnership with Townsville Civic Theatre and Townsville City Council to ensure the highest standard of performance and personal development opportunities for budding local artists.

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.


How to get involved!

Register for Auditions

Audition Dates: 15 - 17 April, 2014

Performance Date: 30 August, 2014

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.