Our Vision & Story
Our Artistic Vision
Victorian Opera is the custodian of the great and exalted traditions of a complex art form, which opens windows on the marvellous through the synthesis of music, drama and scenography.
Recognised for our unique contribution to the country’s operatic landscape, Victorian Opera joined the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework in 2021. Alongside other companies, Victorian Opera holds its rightful position in the national performing arts arena.
Commitment to the development and presentation of new Australian opera and musical theatre is forefront to our mission. We identify relative and topical material, commission and workshop new scores and librettos, and ultimately produce new productions. Victorian Opera premieres at least one new Australian opera or music theatre work each year, and have commissioned 36 new works since the company’s formation.
The next generation of talent is developed from the ground up through our Emerging Artists Programs – The Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE), our VO Emerges project and our Emerging Artists Opera Prize scholarship. Creating future pathways for artists, artisans and technicians has become a driving focus for our organisation.
We employ hundreds of people across the creative industries, recruit some of the finest local and national singers, and collaborate with Australia’s leading companies, venues and learning institutions.
We embrace the new normal and continue to perform in exceptional theatres and concert halls to give you the best and safest experience. Join us to experience the human voice, the indefinable power of music and storytelling at its finest.
And please, come as you are.
Victorian Opera is the state opera company of Victoria. Your state company. We make creative, accessible and relevant work for everyone while acknowledging the traditions and evolving our artform.
Since the company was founded in October 2005, Victorian Opera has entertained hundreds of thousands of people with our imaginative approach to opera and musical theatre. Each year, we premiere at least one new Australian opera and have commissioned 32 new works since our formation.
We employ hundreds of people across the creative industries, recruit some of the ﬁnest local singers, and collaborate with Australia’s leading companies, venues and learning institutions.
The next generation of talent is developed from the ground up through the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and our innovative Access All Areas: Livestream Program.
We also stage opera in Tasmania biennially to share the joy of our art form even further.
Recognised for our unique contribution to the country’s operatic landscape, Victorian Opera proudly became an Australian Major Performing Arts company in 2019, and transitioned to the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework in 2021.
As the world went into lockdown, we got to work; sharing our passion far and wide with a range of web series and online performances. Returning home to the stage, we embrace the new normal and will continue to perform in Victoria’s finest theatres and concert halls to give our audiences the best possible and safest experience.
Be it live or online, Victorian Opera is here to inspire you.
Our people are vital to everything we do. We provide an environment that fosters personal development and professional growth so that our teams are our toughest critics, biggest challengers and loudest supporters.
We strive to uphold the highest standards in all our actions and endeavour to be exceptional citizens in the communities in which we live and work.
We respect the individual human rights and privacy of everyone, overcoming all forms of discrimination, whether based on belief, ethnicity, nationality, gender or physical ability.
We embrace diverse voices and stories and encourage their development whilst continually seeking to learn from them.
Our creativity knows no bounds and we declare the wonder of the human voice and its capacity to touch heart, bring joy and open windows on the marvellous in art.
We pursue excellence in everything we do.
We lead in our field by reimagining and evolving our art form through new Australian work, nurturing current and future talent and adopting emerging technology.