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Applications for 2024 Youth Ambassadors are now open

Limited places are available and interested students need to submit an application letter covering the following points:

  • A brief introduction of themselves,
  • Any performing, crew or front-of-house experience they have had,
  • What their future goals in the Performing Arts industry are,
  • What has attracted to them the Ambassador program at Victorian Opera,
  • Why should Victorian Opera consider them for this position,
  • A signed short endorsement statement from their Performing Arts teacher outlining why the student is a suitable candidate.

Application letters should be no longer than 1½ pages in length, set out in a clear and professional manner and be emailed to our Education Team at

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 18 December, 2023.

For more information, please contact our Education team on (03) 9012 6659 or via email.

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

English Eccentrics

A VO Emerges Production by Malcolm Williamson and Geoffrey Dunn

Thursday 4 July, Union Theatre, The University of Melbourne

La Rondine

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