Catching up with Jessica Pratt

Posted by on 4 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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While on a recent trip to Milan, Victorian Opera's Artistic Director Richard Mills caught up with Australian soprano Jessica Pratt following her triumph in Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala.

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Games of Love and Chance in the media

Posted by on 2 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Victorian Opera kicked off its 2014 season this weekend with a spectacular tribute to the operatic voice. Games of Love and Chance was presented at Robert Blackwood Hall in partnership with Monash University Academy of Performing Arts, and the feedback has been incredible! Here are a just a few comments from the reviews.

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Trip to Jesi

Posted by Nathan Lay on 6 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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Some of our new Master of Music (Opera Performance) students were lucky enough to study in Europe over the summer, thanks to the Italian Acclaim Opera Scholarship program. One of them – Nathan Lay – is appearing as Baron Douphol in our upcoming May production of La traviata, from Italian opera house Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini. He recently studied with the company in their home city of Jesi, and shares with us some photos from his trip.

Below is a picture of Jesi from a lookout point on the city wall. Obviously the town has expanded outside these walls... Apparently about 40,000 live here now!

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2013 Wrap Up

Posted by on 17 December 2013 | 1 Comments

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What an extraordinary year it has been for Victorian Opera under the leadership of new Artistic Director Richard Mills.


In January 2013 our season began with our second pantomime from Victorian Opera’s founding Music Director Richard Gill, Sleeping Beauty at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Later in the month Victorian Opera made an appearance at the RACV Australia Day picnic and Foundation Vehicle Display, with another free performance scheduled for next year’s event.

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A fairytale ending

Posted by Olivia Cranwell on 25 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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Soprano singer Olivia Cranwell reflects on her journey with Victorian Opera as she embarks on her professional career.

My relationship with Victorian Opera began in 2006. As a recent high school graduate I noticed a call for auditions in the paper for a new opera company, Victorian Opera. I went along to those auditions as an optimistic, idealistic; some might say naïve,18 year old. I sang and it was recommended to me that I audition for a new program that the company was looking at developing - the Victorian Youth Opera. So, a couple of months later I re-auditioned for Noye’s Fludde and was invited to perform the lofty role of God in the very first opera for Victorian Opera. Fast-forward 7 years and I am [but a month away from] graduating from the inaugural class of the new Masters of Music (Opera Performance) program.

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