Opera Queensland recruits 384 new singers

The company’s newest members range from active servicemen and a singing sparky, to an 86 year old great-grandmother.

Opera Queensland’s La bohème. Image by Daniel Bredberg. 

From Townsville to Toowoomba and Ipswich to Mount Isa, a series of open auditions across Queensland has resulted in the casting of 384 people for an ambitious touring production of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème.

Opera Queensland’s state-wide recruitment campaign, Project Puccini, saw almost 800 aspiring singers vie for a place in the production, which will feature a new chorus of locals in each of the nine locations it visits.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts