Opera Express – a roaring success at Cobar High!

On Friday 05 May, the town of Cobar were treated to the world premiere of the Aurelia Metals-sponsored opera showcase, ‘Cancel Culture’.

Written and performed by a group of talented students from Years 7-10 from Cobar High School, the premiere was the culmination of a week-long intensive workshop facilitated by Opera Express.

An experiential education program, Opera Express ‘empowers, inspires and encourages’ groups of young people to write an opera from scratch in five days. Every line, melody, dance move and set, is written, conceived and created by the students.

Opera Express Creative Director, Murray Dahm spoke glowingly about the students from Cobar High and what they achieved during the week.

“The students were amazing this week. They jumped into every task we asked of them with everything they had. What they’ve given this week, and what they’ve shown me and each other, means they’re going to be able to cope with anything the world throws their way,” Murray said.

Aurelia Metals Environment and Social Responsibility Officer, Laura Newton spoke about why the Company chose to sponsor the program.

“Aurelia chose to sponsor the Opera Express program because it’s so important to give students in rural communities access to educational arts programs they would not otherwise have access to. Seeing what the students have achieved this week is heart-warming and so rewarding,” Laura said.

Cobar High School Music Teacher and Year 10 Advisor, Laura Andrews also spoke about Aurelia’s ongoing support of education in Cobar.

“The donations Cobar High has been successful in receiving from Aurelia Metals has meant we can offer our students enriching programs they would not normally have access to. This week’s Opera Express workshop, and other educational arts programs, would not be possible for Cobar High School if it wasn’t for the support from Aurelia Metals,” Laura said.

Follow this link to watch a behind the scenes video of performance day.