Year 9 tuned up for a week of ‘unlocking their creativity’ under the direction of WotOpera. The 100-strong year group devised three short operas and culminated in a performance for the school community at the end of the week.
Principal Shauna Colnan said the week-long project fit perfectly with the School’s innovative SAGE program. “Through SAGE, we are building students’ critical and creative thinking skills, the depth of their understanding and engagement, their ability to work with others and their love of learning.”
WotOpera’s Artistic Director Murray Dahm led a team of opera singers, Australian composers, musicians and actors to work with the students on the Kelly Street campus.
Murray Dahm explains that WotOpera unlocks young people’s creativity by using the metaphor of opera the most multi-disciplinary art form. “The outcomes for students are profound and life changing, not only in terms of curriculum outcomes through approaches to learning, language, arts and literacy but also in the development of students’ social development and confidence."
The WotOpera High School program has been running since 2008. The program is part of Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts and was founded by philanthropist Graeme Wood AM.