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27 Life-Sized Puppets are Given Voice in Victorian Opera's 'The Sleeping Beauty'

Enter a world of fantasy in Victorian Opera’s transfixing new production of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty, featuring 27 life-sized puppets, at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 11-18 March. 


Victorian Opera Receives Classical:NEXT Innovation Award Nomination 

Victorian Opera has received a 2017 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award nomination. The company is immensely proud to receive this recognition and thanks Classical:NEXT for this acknowledgement.



Victorian Opera Announces New Partnership with Taltarni Vineyards and Winery

Victorian Opera is excited to announce a new Corporate Partnership with Taltarni Vineyards and Winery. As the state opera company, Victorian Opera is proud to work with the esteemed Victorian wine producer as its Official Wine Partner. 


Mills Reflects on the Life and Legacy of Maestro Richard Divall

Victorian Opera mourns the loss of Richard Divall - one of the founding fathers of opera in our great city. The company extends its deepest sympathies his family, friends and colleagues. Read Artistic Director Richard Mills' reflections of Maestro Divall's life and legacy. 



Courtesan, Conqueror, Meow Meow

Let cabaret diva of the highest order Meow Meow draw you into a fantastic history of the concubine, courtesan, conqueror, queen and sing song girl in a poignant yet deeply funny song cycle composed by Richard Mills. Victorian Opera’s ’Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth has its debut season at Melbourne Recital Centre from 4-8 February 2017. 


Victorian Opera wins Melbourne Award

Victorian Opera received the City of Melbourne’s highest honour with a 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle expressed, “Congratulations to Victorian Opera on their 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation.” He continued, acknowledging that “Victorian Opera is a vital part of what makes Melbourne the arts and culture capital of Australia.”



Victorian Opera Statement: National Opera Review Final Report

Following the release of the National Opera Review’s Final Report, Victorian Opera provides this statement from Managing Director Andrew Snell.   


Victorian Opera's Australian Premiere of Gertrude Stein's 'Four Saints in Three Acts' Has Sold Out

Victorian Opera’s Australian premiere production of composer Virgil Thomson and writer Gertrude Stein’s highly unconventional opera Four Saints in Three Acts has officially sold out. The nonsense opera, recreated with 3D digital scenery and performed by a cast of operatic talent aged 15-25, will be staged at Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse to a capacity audience on 30 September and 1 October.  


Victorian Opera Launches Season 2017: Fables

Victorian Opera launches a season of fables, fairy tales and legends in 2017; a season of rarely-heard gems, wonders of the 20th century and operatic masterpieces. From a fantastical history of the courtesan and concubine with Meow Meow, a charming puppet opera, to star sopranos Jessica Pratt and Greta Bradman together in a Bellini concert, Victorian Opera offers a season united by captivating storytelling and thrilling opera.



Pagliacci Reimagined in Laughter and Tears

Leoncavallo's operatic masterpiece Pagliacci is reimagined in a captivating new production from Victorian Opera and Circus Oz, Laughter and Tears, at the Palais Theatre from 13-18 August. The World Premiere production revolutionises the approach to the opera by presenting it with a new connecting first act prelude drawing upon its Commedia Dell’Arte roots. Laughter and Tears stars a cast of internationally acclaimed singers, including Rosario La Spina as the tragic clown Canio, and Circus Oz’s most talented performers. 



The Pied Piper is Reborn in Mills’ New Family Opera

Robert Browning’s classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin is reborn in outback Australia in Richard Mills’ new take on the beloved fable. Victorian Opera’s quirky family production of The Pied Piper will have its world premiere season at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse from Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 July before hitting the road for a tour of regional Victoria in October and November 2016.    



Be Enticed Into Fairyland with Massenet's Cinderella 

Victorian Opera entices children and families into Fairyland with a new production of Massenet’s Cinderella (Cendrillon) for three performances at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse on Saturday July 16. 


Victorian Opera Receives Four Year Funding from the Australia Council. 

Victorian Opera has been awarded $300,000 annually from the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body as part of the Four Year Funding - Organisations investment stream. 


Australian Superstar Soprano Jessica Pratt Brings Her Career-Defining 'Lucia' Home

From the soaring heights of the European opera world, superstar soprano Jessica Pratt brings her career-defining role home in a fully staged production of Lucia di Lammermoor for five performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre from April 12-21



New Musical 'Banquet of Secrets' Offers Melburnians A Feast of Food & Music

Following the premiere of the critically acclaimed new Baroque opera Voyage to the Moon, Victorian Opera presents its 16th commissioned work Banquet of Secrets. A new musical from the creative genius of Jazz legend Paul Grabowsky and Australian TV icon Steve Vizard, Banquet of Secrets has its world premiere season at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 1-5 March. 


The Baroque Reimagined in Voyage to the Moon

Victorian Opera and Musica Viva present new chamber opera, Voyage to the Moon, starring celebrated Australian singers Emma Matthews and Sally-Anne Russell. Australian theatrical legend Michael Gow writes and directs the production - a contemporary take on the traditional Baroque practice of ‘pasticcio’. Based on Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso, Gow’s new libretto weaves together a ‘jukebox’ of both classic and obscure Baroque music with a musical score compiled by Baroque expert, the late Alan Curtis.

Victorian Opera Dreams Differently in 2016 

In 2016, Victorian Opera dreams differently about opera and music theatre. From the world premiere of a new musical by Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky, to superstar soprano Jessica Pratt's homecoming to perform her career-defining role, a grand return to the Palais Theatre alongside Circus Oz to the Australian premiere of a nonsense opera by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein.