In 2010, Pinchgut started a small but effective schools program that reached a number of high schools around metropolitan Sydney. The aim is to provide insight into the opera world from the Pinchgut perspective and engage students in the music and the making of an opera so perhaps they become life-long fans.

We offer a number of tickets to our performances to be given as prizes for excellence in music. We present talks to students of music, drama and literature and provide any further information or music that the teachers want to co-ordinate with their program. A donor has given us some money to support this wonderful initiative in schools. This year we have added to the number of schools, both private and public, and we welcome those students and their teachers and families to Pinchgut and the world of Cavalli’s music.

If you are interested in our Schools Program, please contact Sarah on (02) 9318 8344 or


WotOpera is a project like no other – it unlocks the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the performing arts. 

WotOpera believes that creativity is the solution to anything and everything that life can offer or throw at you. The more experiences a young person has of creative thinking , the richer a life they will lead and the richer their careers and relationships. At WotOpera, the chosen metaphor to unlock and foster creativity is opera, because every young person can find an aspect of opera that speaks to them. Whether it’s creating a plot, playing an instrument, singing, writing music, creating dialogue, or visual design and set construction, every young person will be able to find their favourite medium and use it to express their original thoughts.

Since 2008, over 1,500 students from over 55 schools around Australia have been involved.

WotOpera is a project of Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts, founded by philanthropist Graeme Wood AM.

WotOpera teams-up with Pinchgut to present intensive workshops for High School Students

The 2-hour workshop prepares students for the opera experience and explores the specifics of each opera. WotOpera staff will visit your school and investigate the plot, history and themes of the opera with a series of fun activities. As part of your workshop you will have the privilege of attending Pinchgut Opera’s dress rehearsal and seeing firsthand how a professional company works.

Bajazet by Vivaldi
22-26 June 2015: Select a date for WotOpera to visit your school.
3 July 2015: Dress Rehearsal at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

L’Amant Jaloux by Grétry
23-27 November 2015: Select a date for WotOpera to visit your school.
2 December 2015: Dress Rehearsal at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

The workshops are well suited to years 7-12 and are ideal for students studying English, languages, drama, music, history and visual art.

Places are limited to 60 be quick to book your workshop!  To book contact Philippa Horn at Artology on: 02 8007 7322 or Further info can be found, by clicking here