Youth

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The Second Hurricane (2017 Youth Opera). Photo: Charlie Kinross

VOYCE - Youth Opera Program

The Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble, VOYCE, is for secondary school and tertiary students, aged 13-20. It brings together like-minded classically trained singers on a weekly basis to prepare them for an opera chorus performance.

Run by music educator Angus Grant, members of VOYCE experience working with professional singers, directors and repetiteurs and have the chance to perform in Victorian Opera’s Youth Opera and mainstage productions.

VOYCE rehearses every Tuesday night during school terms from 5.45pm-7.45pm. Rehearsals are held at Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000.

If you have any questions about the ensemble or the audition process for 2020, please contact Victorian Opera’s Education Officer, Ioanna Salmanidis on 03 9012 6659 or ioannas@victorianopera.com.au

Annual Youth Opera  

Victorian Opera's very first performance in 2006 was a Youth Opera. Since then, it has performed one Youth Opera a year. 

Our 2019 Youth Opera is The Selfish Giant, a new work based on Oscar Wilde's fairy tale. This beautiful new opera comes from the brilliant creative minds of two former Victorian Opera Young Artists: composer Simon Bruckard and writer Emma Muir-Smith.

Auditions for The Selfish Giant will be held on 26 – 27 July at Victorian Opera, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne. Please prepare two contrasting arias, one of which must be in English. Registrations are now open and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 10 July.

The auditions are open to young singers aged 15 – 25 who wish to apply for minor principal and chorus positions. Rehearsals for The Selfish Giant will take place on the following dates and times. Please ensure you’re available for all dates before registering for an audition.

Rehearsals:

  • Monday 23 September to Saturday 28 September, 10:00am - 5:30pm (Term 3 School Holidays)
  • Monday 30 September to Saturday 5 October, 10:00am - 5:30pm (Term 3 School Holidays)
  • Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October, 6:00pm - 8:30pm (First week of Term 4)
  • Tuesday 15 October, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Stage Orchestral Rehearsal - Wednesday 16 October, 12:30pm - 4:30pm*
  • General Rehearsal - Wednesday 16 October, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Performances:

  • Thursday 17 October, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Friday 18 October, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 19 October, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Saturday 19 October, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

*You will need permission to leave school early for this rehearsal.

You will be notified of your audition time by Thursday 18 July. Please note, if you are successful in gaining a place for this work, last-minute unavailability will not be tolerated and your place will be offered to another willing applicant.

Discounted tickets for 30 Years and Under 

We make opera affordable, especially for our younger audience. If you're aged 30 years and under, you can access great value subscriptions and tickets to all our productions.

For any further information on our Education, Access and Community programs please email info@victorianopera.com.au or call (03) 9001 6400.