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New Work Opera Studio

How to Apply


Register your interest for the 2024 program now!

You are asked to submit a virtual audition.

In a one take video:

  • Introduce yourself (2 – 3 sentences),
  • Explain why you’d like to take part in the 2024 program (1 – 2 sentences), and
  • Perform 1 song either from classical, operatic or music theatre repertoire, with piano accompaniment.

Email your video to

Videos are due 9.00 am Monday 19 August


Creating Opera for Tomorrow.

Join us at Montsalvat in the 2024 September school holidays with industry professionals as we rehearse and bring Miss Lyrebird’s Voice to life.

In 2023 a group of young people met to devise a concept for a new opera and Kaleidescopia was born – a story of how a young Australian animal finds their tribe and is accepted for who they are. This piece has been further developed by composer, Peter Rutherford and librettist Jayde Kirchert and given the new title Miss Lyrebird’s Voice.

Participants in the 2024 Program will workshop and rehearse this new piece, before presenting two performances on the last day of the September School Holidays. This is an ideal program for young people who have a keen interest in performing new works for performance.

In partnership with Montsalvat (Eltham) and as part of Victorian Opera’s commitment to the creation of new work, the New Work Opera Studio is a program where young people aged 15 – 25 years of age, can come together to create a new opera for tomorrow. 

All rehearsals are held at Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham and are free to successful candidates.



Holiday Workshop/Rehearsal Days

  • Monday 23 to Thursday 26 September
  • Monday 30 September to Thursday 3 October

Workshops will run from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Note: there is no workshop on Friday 27 September due to Grand Final public holiday.


  • Friday 4 October, 10.30 am & 1.00 pm

Participants need to be available to attend at least 7 of the workshop days and must be available for both performances.


The New Work Opera Studio is made possible due to the generosity of Professor Barbara van Ernst AM.