Open up to new horizons


Welcome to Victorian Opera’s Season 2019. The notion of horizons animates this year; a word with many connotations, we explore the idea of goals to be reached, the richness of possibility, the potential for what lies beyond, and a voyage to such new horizons. This program offers many chances for your own discovery.

Our season opens with the luminous beauty of Parsifal, a journey towards the horizon of transcendental spirituality; a journey made by those on and off the stage, in the pit, and the audience.

From Wagner to Sondheim, we return to the works of the greatest living composer of music theatre with A Little Night Music. As the sun sets across the horizon, a summer night’s revelations await; one full of heartbreak and hilarity.

Love-inspired farce and frivolity set the scene for more playful nonsense in Rossini’s most popular opera, The Barber of Seville.

Victorian Opera continues its celebration of bel canto and its rich tradition with an evening of Heroic Bel Canto, highlighting singing at its most virtuosic.

Quirky adventures into the unknown, and the fruitfulness of self-discovery provide new horizons for our younger audiences with Alice Through the Opera Glass and a new Australian opera based on Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant.

Away from the main stage, we deliver a diverse range of musical stylings and smaller recitals to colour and enrich 2019.

Victorian Opera exists to offer you unique and remarkable experiences, as we reimagine the potential of opera, for everyone. I invite you to join us and ever expand your horizons.

Richard Mills
Artistic Director, Victorian Opera