Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the opera curtain? Are you curious about how the magic really happens? Opera Australia is holding a free Behind the Scenes at the Opera event to sate the curious on February 23, giving the public a glimpse into the busy life of one of the world’s leading opera companies.

Soprano Jane Ede

Featuring an exciting program of interactive foyer displays, onstage demonstrations from a variety of departments including wigs, wardrobe, props and makeup, and a Q & A session with key creatives, it’s a unique look at what it takes to put on an opera night after night. Participants will get the opportunity to try on a costume from a past production, experience what it’s like to be part of an opera chorus, observe the creation of a handmade wig and the application of stage makeup, and understand how the stage manager’s instructions are carried out onstage among a plethora of other activities.

Director Matthew Barclay, conductor Tahu Matheson, soprano Anna-Louise Cole, tenor Nicholas Jones, Principal Viola Virginia Comerford, clarinettist John Lewis and Principal Trombone Greg van der Struik will be on hand to answer questions and help illustrate the nuts and bolts of the art form. Sessions are approximately an hour in duration, with audiences welcome to take in the foyer displays at their leisure.

Opera Australia’s Behind the Scenes at the Opera event is free but bookings are essential