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Aspiring opera singers from across the state are being sought for a new production of La bohème. large image
Do you have a song inside you that's bursting to be set free? Could you give Plácido Domingo a run for his money? Would you like to develop your voice, music and drama skills under the tutelage of some of Queensland's most talented artists?
Project Puccini is a ground-breaking initiative by Opera Queensland set to give hundreds of aspiring singers across the state the chance to perform in an upcoming production of Puccini's La bohème. So if you've ever wondered if you could take to the stage and sing, here's a perfect opportunity to test your mettle.
The great thing about Project Puccini is that it's part apprenticeship and part performance opportunity. It offers successful applicants a ten week program of training and rehearsal covering everything they need to know about the language (Italian), music and stagecraft to join the chorus in OperaQ's production of La bohème in their own communities.
The quest for talent will cover more than 21,000 kilometres over six months, trekking from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, the Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Mount Isa.
Adults ('you're never too old') and children ('between 9 and 13 will be most appropriate') who wish to secure a place will need to audition within their own communities on set dates starting from March 2014.
The La bohème tour will then run across Queensland from July to September 2014. At this time, successful applicants will join 47 other fully trained and rehearsed members of their community, along with the full principal cast of OperaQ's new production of La bohème, and members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Want more good news? If you're selected to participate in Project Puccini, it won't cost you a dime. 'This is a community chorus training project which is free for all participants (and) is designed to build skills and capacity in each community,' the organisers explain.
To ensure the highest standards of training, performance and personal development for aspiring artists, OperaQ has employed a chorus master and rehearsal coordinator in each of the eight regions Project Puccini will visit.
As well as improved music and drama skills, participants will enjoy 'new social and creative networks and an increased sense of community well-being and self-esteem', the organisers add.
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 the project by researching the impact of the project on participating communities, as well as the impact on individuals' health outcomes, level of connection with the arts, self-expression through singing and drama, confidence-building and social cohesion.