Christmas Gift Ideas

We know it can be hard finding the perfect present for your loved ones during this busy time of year. So to make it easier we've curated four affordable packages that will delight everyone from opera first-timers to diehards.


With our two-show subscription packages you can choose productions to suit the tastes of your friend or family member. Here are some of our most popular packages which have something for everyone. Best of all, as a subscriber they can exchange performance dates for free. All prices are based on A-Reserve packages (some of the best seats in the house) while cheaper packages are also available. See below for booking instructions and downloadable gift certificates.


Family Treats

The Magic Pudding + Hansel and Gretel $56

Is there anything more delightful than witnessing children's reactions to their first opera? Believe us, they adore it! Just as much fun is hearing their surprising, and often hilarious, feedback afterwards. This is the perfect gift for parents, grandparents, siblings, aunties and uncles to take their beloved youngsters along for an hour-long musical treat.



Pelleas and Melisande + Lorelei $142

Delve into European folklore and revisit enduring myths with modern interpretations. These two works explore ill-fated desires and the female condition. However, where Melisande is destined to a tragic fate, our three modern Loreleis refuse their predestined roles and take their fate back into their own hands in a new Australian work.


French Connection

William Tell Pelleas and Melisande $181

These two rarely staged works will please opera goers looking for eclecticism. Sacrebleu, the epic and flamboyant William Tell opens on Bastille Day! Then delight in the mysterious and mesmerising music of Claude Debussy's only opera. Both works will be performed in French (with English surtitles), undeniably the most beautiful sung language. Our French Connection package is a magnifique gift idea for any Francophile Victorian.


Bel Canto

William Tell The Capulets and The Montagues $220

If you are looking for the ideal present for someone who enjoys flights of lyricism and gets goosebumps at hearing coloratura sopranos, then look no further. These rarely performed masterpieces from Rossini and Bellini are both epic journeys featuring the finest singers from Australia and abroad. These will be productions to remember.

Performance details

The Magic Pudding - The Opera Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, 15 - 17 March 2018
Hansel and Gretel Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, 9 June 2018
William Tell Palais Theatre, 14 - 19 July 2018
The Capulets and the Montagues Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 14 September 2018
Pelleas and Melisande Palais Theatre, 11 - 13 October 2018
Lorelei Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, 3 - 10 November 2018

How to book

  1. Click the BOOK NOW link for your chosen package.
  2. You'll be directed to Arts Centre Melbourne's booking page and asked to choose dates for each performance. Don't worry, the recipient can exchange dates and times for free.
  3. Choose the number of tickets and seating reserve.
  4. Proceed to payment.
  5. You can choose to have the tickets mailed to you or pick them up from the Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office.
  6. If you buy a last-minute gift, don't receive the tickets in time or want something extra to put in the card, download and print a gift certificate.
  7. Put a bow on it, pop it under the tree and await their joyful reaction!

If you have any issues, please call the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849. Please note, there is a $8.50 subscription processing fee per transaction.