By the Light of the Moon - VIC 2018 peformed by Opera Australia


“The students thought it was “fantastic”, “magical”, “beautiful” and ‘funny”. Teachers commented how much the students were engaged in the performance – even some of our ‘busier’ students”

St Mary’s College, Seymour, Vic

“Great way of exposing children to the
operatic medium of storytelling”

Richmond PS, Vic

“Each performance is always thoroughly enjoyed. A real appreciation for opera has developed over the years, which is great.”

Wangaratta West PS, Vic

“Very entertaining. The students were
mesmerized. Teachers’ Resource Kit was very useful.”

Mallacoota P-12 College, Vic

By the Light of the Moon - VIC 2018

performed by Opera Australia


Each year Opera Australia presents a national tour of a fully-staged opera, specially designed to tour to metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia giving people young and old their first experience of opera.

Opera Australia’s Schools Company gives around 400 performances a year in metropolitan and regional schools in Victoria and NSW. Each year this enables between 60,000 to 80,000 primary aged students to experience the magic of opera in their very own halls.

The Schools Company programme has been touring for over twenty years and has provided first time access to opera to over one million students.


Embark on a fabulous journey with a cantankerous cat and an exuberant owl in By The Light of the Moon. This fanciful all-ages opera explores the untold tales of Edward Lear’s beloved rhyme, The Owl and the Pussycat.

Ridiculous whimsy meets sublime melody in a wonderful new production, featuring the fantastic characters from nonsense poetry, nursery rhymes, as well as tunes you’ll recognise from the best-loved operas.

Opera Australia developed this travelling opera to enthral school students of all ages, complete with beautiful costumes and engaging scenery. Professional opera singers perform the famous arias in English, and a range of curriculum-based teacher resources are available to help classes explore the music.

By the Light of the Moon is designed as a school incursion and available throughout Metropolitan Melbourne, Regional Victoria and South Australia.

Years K - 6
60 minutes (including Q&A session)
$8.00 per child (no gst)
150 students

Set-up time 1 hour, pack down 30 min, 6m x 6m cleared and clean space 2.5 metre ceiling, Ground level access with no more than 5 stairs, Direct vehicle access to venue (no more than 20m), power outlet.

Teacher Notes available. Download here.
Audio files available here. Click here.