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  • It's fair to say that opera wouldn't usually be that popular with kids but recently in

  • the outback town of Broken Hill twenty local Indigenous kids signed up to learn all about

  • this type of music from two operatic experts. Carl joined them as they were preparing to

  • write a song featuring parts of their traditional language and culture.

  • This is Broken Hill, a small desert town known mostly for its giant mines.

  • What it's not known for is its love of opera.

  • But that might be about to change.

  • Opera Singing

  • These indigenous kids from four schools across Broken Hill are all taking part in a special

  • opera workshop.

  • They're learning how to sing and perform.

  • When you're doing opera, it's not all just standing there and singing, it's sort of like

  • a play but every word is sung out.

  • And they're being trained by some of the best.

  • Opera is fun. I've never met a child that didn't just get such a great sense of fun

  • from participating and in singing in that fashion!

  • Deborah and Jess are professional opera singers from Short Black Opera. They've been travelling

  • through rural and regional Australia on a kind of talent search!

  • We bring to them the opportunity to learn opera, or just singing as well, and working

  • as a group as well as the opportunity to potentially be a part of the short black opera company.

  • We sing with Jess and Deborah and they teach us all the strategies that make us a better

  • singer and all that.

  • Hello BTN, my name is Kirk.

  • They've also had a lot of fun...

  • So Betty Batter bought some better batter and it made her batter better.

  • Yaaaaay!

  • Now watch me whip, now watch me nae naenow watch me whip whip now watch me nae nae.

  • Oh it's amazing, I love it, it's so funny!

  • Throughout the week, the kids have been working together to come up with their very own song.

  • JESS: So everywhere we go, we write a song with the children and we give it to them as

  • our gift so that they can sing it as they leave so that there's a story for them to

  • tell there and it's their own story.

  • Jess and Deborah came up with the music, but the kids wrote all the lyrics.

  • We put down ideas and drawings and they put it together, so yeah, and I like it

  • - it's really good.

  • Some parts of the song are even written in Paakantyi, the local traditional language.

  • I've learned about my culture in many ways. Until I came here I knew different words and

  • made new friends.

  • These guys are proud of their home.

  • 'We love Broken Hill.'

  • And throughout the workshop they've had a lot of help from the local community.

  • So to say thanks the kids thought it'd be a good idea to show off what they'd learned

  • in front of their friends, their teachers and their families.

  • I’m feverous about singing our song because I might forget the words or something -

  • hopefully that doesn't happen!

  • Kids performing their opera

  • It's been fun and I wish we can keep doing this for the whole entire year.

  • We can create new songs and follow your heart.

  • I feel very proud, because I've learned things that I've never thought that I could do before.

  • [applause]

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    minipa posted on 2016/08/03
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