Vic Opera stuns students

St Mary’s Primary School students were among dozens of schools that attended a performance of Victorian Opera’s Hansel and Gretel. Pictured with the cast are year two students James Dresser, Stefani Worcester, Carys Murray, Ruby Scholtes, Riley Holdcroft, and Caleb Short.

St Mary’s Primary School students were among dozens of schools that attended a performance of Victorian Opera’s Hansel and Gretel. Pictured with the cast are year two students James Dresser, Stefani Worcester, Carys Murray, Ruby Scholtes, Riley Holdcroft, and Caleb Short.

VICTORIAN Opera returned to Sale with two unforgettable productions at the Wedge.

Schoolchildren enjoyed in the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel recently, while older audiences met opera's most recognisable, loved and loathed characters in concert Heroes and Villains.

Both productions featured a cast of Australia's most exciting operatic talent, mesmerising audience members with their beautiful singing alongside a live orchestra.

Heroes and Villains boasts famous characters including the villainous Don Giovanni and tragic Madame Butterfly, as well as beloved pieces from The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, La Boheme and Carmen.

Schoolchildren experienced the wonder and excitement of Victorian Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel, entering the woods where the Evil One lurks.

The familiarity of the fairy tale in this greatly entertaining production made it perfect for young people to discover opera for the first time.

Staged with enchanting set and costumes, this treasured story is lifted from the page to the stage in a beloved operatic rendition by composer Englebert Humperdinck.

The 50-minute production was sung in its original German language with English scene descriptors.

Conducting both productions, Victorian Opera's artistic director Richard Mills AM said the organisation took regional engagement "extremely" seriously.

"Both our concert Heroes and Villains and our production of Hansel and Gretel are benchmarks of excellence for the company," he said.

"They are specifically designed to engage both young and old and bring the spirit of delight to our regional audiences with well-crafted and lively productions."

As a bonus for Nambrok-Denison Primary School students, after the show, Stratford's Shakira Dugan, who plays Hansel, came out to answer questions.

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