More than 250 Queenslanders will learn to sing opera and dance the fandango for a new touring production of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville when Opera Queensland’s groundbreaking community initiative returns in 2016 as ‘Project Rossini’.

Aspiring performers from eight communities - Gold Coast, Mackay, Fraser Coast (Maryborough), Rockhampton, Townsville, Toowoomba, and for the first time, Cairns and Gladstone - will have the opportunity to audition for a coveted spot.

Successful applicants will participate in a program of free professional training in singing, dancing, stagecraft and Italian language skills before taking to the stage in their local theatres alongside Queensland’s best singers and the support of an ensemble from Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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From Garden and Champagne Parties to grand Gala evenings, OperaQ is dedicated to providing a broad range of opera experiences beyond the theatre. Join us in 2016 at La Bella Vita at Palazzo Versace, for a Spanish Fiesta at The Rooftop Terrace or at our spectacular OperaQ Gala at Victoria Park. There's something for every social butterfly in OperaQ's Season 2016.

From Leonard Bernstein, creator of West Side Story, and based on Voltaire’s satirical masterpiece. Exclusive to Brisbane 23 July – 1 August, Playhouse QPAC.

23 July - 1 August 2015 Limited season, exclusive to Brisbane - don't miss Leonard Bernstein's Candide.

Open Stage Community Workshops are open to all members of the community, regardless of singing ability. Highly skilled teams from OperaQ work with participants to develop voice, movement and drama skills. These residencies culminate in exciting performance opportunities where participants perform alongside OperaQ artists. Open Stage is very flexible in the way these workshops can be delivered, please contact us to discuss an experience for your community.

Open Stage is back in 2015 to inspire creativity and confidence in classrooms across Queensland.

Students in metropolitan and regional schools work with our highly skilled artists each day for a week-long residency to discover their creative potential through voice, movement and drama classes specially tailored to their abilities.

At the end of the week students and the workshop team take to the stage together to perform for their peers, family and local community.