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Festival Information 2024 Schedule

Ballarat Opera Festival

Festival Information

Victorian Opera launches the Ballarat Opera Festival with three productions across 2024: Parrwang Lifts The Sky, Celebration in Song and The Big Sing

Victorian Opera is excited to launch the Ballarat Opera Festival as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the cultural life in Ballarat and regional Victoria. Spread out across the year, the festival will consist of a celebration of song through three main events, all of which showcase Victorian Opera’s strong partnership with local performing arts groups and the people of Ballarat.

After the success of The Big Sing in 2023, this cornerstone event of the festival will return, continuing Victorian Opera’s partnership with the Ballarat Choral Society and other community organisations. In addition, 2024 will see the inclusion of a fully staged opera along with a lecture and recital series.

Victorian Opera’s new Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder AM, said,

Welcome to the second Ballarat Opera Festival presented by Victorian Opera. At Victorian Opera, we seriously like to celebrate; our artists, our art form, our audience, and Ballarat. With three exciting offerings throughout 2024, we look forward to building our audience, showcasing new talent, giving local artists the chance to collaborate, giving students their first taste of our glorious art form, and all the while discovering new challenges and learnings. Please join us as we fill the town with the sounds of the glory that is the human voice. See you at the opera!


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*The appearance of Michaela Cadwgan is generously supported by Mary Davidson and the family of the late Frederick R Davidson AM.

**The appearance of Douglas Kelly is generously supported by Dr Michael Stubbs & Malcolm Roberts.


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