Welcome to Season 2020

3 Sep 2019

Victorian Opera’s Season 2020 offers portals into fantastic worlds of myth and legend that only the unique union of music and poetry, a union which gives life to the art form of opera, can fully explore.


SalomeCinderella, and Three Tales are very old stories indeed. Yet the energy of opera renews them, opening labyrinths of experience, complex, conflicting and often surprising: yet, at a very deep level, experience which we feel we always essentially knew, but perhaps were unable to capture in precise words.

But the powers of myth and legend are not exclusive to ancient story. More recent people and stories reach to the eternality that mythical stories and legends possess through all time.  The art of Yma Sumac, the familial familiarity of Margaret Fulton, the tortured rock opera The Who’s Tommy, and the brooding memory of Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City): all aspire to the mythic and legendary, and all engender both a sense of wonder, and the thrill of recognition of enduring truths in the prolific variety of human experience.

Season 2020 is also not short on living legends of another kind. Great international artists join our Australian family of singers to make outstanding casts, and Victorian Opera particularly welcomes Simone Young for her company conductor debut.

As part of our proud long-term commitment to new Australian work, we tell stories for our own time by celebrating contemporary composers and writers in Three Tales and Margaret Fulton: The Musical

We will share the magic of our work at the theatre, but also online via our pioneering education program, Access All Areas: Livestream Program. Education is part of our mission, reflected also in our relationships with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and The University of Melbourne, an association of enduring significance for us.

We also place a great value on our community of collaborators. Our Artistic Partners, particularly Orchestra Victoria, are part of our narrative, as are our venues, funding partners, sponsors, and patrons. 

Season 2020 re-imagines the potential of opera, for everyone. Thank you to everyone who has and who will make it possible. 

Welcome and enjoy.


Richard Mills
Artistic Director, Victorian Opera