Victorian Opera’s Youth Ambassador Program offers 5 Metropolitan secondary school students, and 5 Regional secondary school students in Year 11 the opportunity to represent Victorian Opera in their school and social communities, and to support the company in its engagement with young audiences.
As part of the program, metropolitan Ambassadors receive a free ticket for themselves and a guest to the performances listed below and regional students will be given a digital subscription to view 2 works online*.
Ambassadors and their guests also participate in a pre-show education session with Victorian Opera’s Education Manager where the key features and context of the work will be outlined. Ambassadors and their guests will then share a meal before heading to the theatre to view the work. At some performances a brief Q & A with creative team and cast members will be organised.
Regional students can also participate in this program remotely. 5 regional students will be given a digital subscription to view works and will have access to all education sessions via a Zoom conference call.
This program is offered free of charge to successful candidates due to the generosity of Professor Barbara van Ernst AM.
Broadway Operetta by Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler
Thursday 8 February, Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Parrwang Lifts The Sky
First Nations Family Opera by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO
Saturday 18 May, Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
A VO Emerges Production by Malcolm Williamson and Geoffrey Dunn
Thursday 4 July, Union Theatre, The University of Melbourne
Grand Lyric Opera by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Adami
Thursday 8 August, Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
Musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Tuesday 17 September, Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
New Work by Sir Jonathan Mills AO and Meredith Oakes
Wednesday 16 October, Palais Theatre, St Kilda