Prima Volta Charitable Trust

Hawke’s Bay Music Programme – We help local teenagers to explore their unique potential within the context of sung performance. Our program ‘Project Prima Volta’ supports up to 30 Hawkes Bay teenagers each year, to experience the highs and lows of performance, to develop impressive language and musical skills and importantly, to be a supportive team player. Prima Volta means ‘first time’ in Italian. PPV provides a weekly platform for a wide range of new experiences, in a safe and supportive environment. If you would like to audition for our 2023 program, please click here registrations are now OPEN.

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Project Prima Volta

Project Prima Volta is a mentoring programme for young people, based on world renowned ‘El sistema’, which promotes social inclusion through music and was first initiated on a large scale in Venezuela. Each year Prima Volta students from Hawke’s Bay take part in the chorus to be performed for the opera during the
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Festival Opera

Festival Opera is the backbone of our company, Project Prima Volta is the heart. Prima Volta runs alongside our opera production, giving young people a chance to explore their talents, experience the highs and lows of performance, and helps ignite that spark of creativity that we hope will lead to that feeling of truly being alive. Festival Opera

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#operaclass is our resource based programme which supports local schools.  Through study of the resource, students from years 9 – 11 can learn about opera, using a tailored introduction guide, with the opportunity to attend a dedicated performance at the theatre with their class. NCEA Level 1 content means students can be assessed on their learning.


If you would like to find out how to support the Prima Volta Charitable Trust, please contact: 021 074 7070