Humanity: Human beings are at the heart of our art and they are not replaceable. We will go on exploring their endless abilities to deliver the deepest and the widest range of emotions.
Respect: We embrace diverse voices, appreciate difference and seek to learn from others. We work in a spirit of cooperation and reach out to all communities.
Leadership: We are committed to leading the way in reimagining and evolving our art form by presenting new works, adopting emerging technologies and nurturing future talent.
Excellence: We strive to do the best in everything we do and produce the highest quality work that will be remembered.
Integrity: We are honest, open, trustworthy and fair. We always strive to act ethically and consistently.
Creativity: We continually think outside traditional modes and present transformative productions that inspire and surprise.
Based in Melbourne, Victorian Opera is a national leader in presenting unforgettable opera experiences. As the state opera company of Victoria, we are committed to making creative and accessible opera for everyone, and evolving the art form in adventurous ways.
We present rarely heard repertoire, operatic masterpieces and new Australian works, reimagining opera with performances featuring circus, puppetry, and spectacular 3D digital scenery.
Over 30,000 people experience our work annually, from opera enthusiasts to ﬁrst-timers, in live performances and streamed events.
Since 2005, we have staged 21 new Australian works and collaborated with some of Australia’s leading companies, venues and learning institutions.
We employ hundreds across the creative industries and recruit some of the ﬁnest singers from Australia and around the world.
We tour Victoria with community, family and concert productions and began an ongoing commitment to staging opera in Tasmania from 2017. The next generation of talent is developed from the grassroots up, through the company’s Education Program.
Victorian Opera inspires audiences with an imaginative approach to opera and invites you to join us.
We are opera makers
Whether commissioning new operas or reimagining century old works for new generations, we approach every production as a new adventure. We believe opera making is a continuous process and with each Victorian Opera production we are excited by the opportunity to bring something entirely new to the art form (including costumes, lighting, set design and stage direction).
Victorian Opera is at the forefront of creating opera in Australia. Every year we premiere at least one new Australian work. We also present new staging of under-appreciated works rarely seen in Australia, as well as honouring the hidden gems of the traditional repertoire with a fresh perspective.
As a young opera company, we are not dictated by traditions and expectations. We forge our own path putting our unique stamp on every production. We offer an alternative to the mainstream and like to surprise at every turn.
We create opera.
New works commissioned by Victorian Opera
Through the Looking Glass – Composer: Alan John; Librettist: Andrew Upton
Green Room Award – Best New Operatic Work
Rembrandt's Wife – Composer: Andrew Ford; Librettist: Sue Smith
Green Room Award – Best New Australian Opera
Parrot Factory - Composer: Stuart Greenbaum; Librettist: Ross Baglin
The Cockatoos - Composer: Sarah de Jong; Librettist: Sarah Carradine
How to Kill your Husband (and other handy household hints) - Composer: Alan John; Librettists: Alan John, Timothy Daly
Cinderella - Composer and Librettist: Richard Gill
Midnight Son - Gordon Kerry; Librettist: Louis Nowra
Green Room Awards – Best New Australian Opera and Direction – Nicki Wendt
Alice's Adventures in Operaland - Composers: Various; Librettists: Richard Mills and Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Remembrance - Composer: Richard Mills; Librettist: Rodney Hall
Seven Deadly Sins - Composers and Librettists: Julian Langdon, Mark Viggiani, Jessica Wells and Ian Whitney
The Grumpiest Boy in the World - Composer: Joe Twist; Librettist: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Voyage to the Moon – Composers: Various; Librettist: Michael Gow
Banquet of Secrets - Composer: Paul Grabowsky; Librettist: Steve Vizard
Laughter and Tears - Composer and Librettist: Richard Mills
The Pied Piper - Composer and Librettist: Richard Mills
Lorelei - Music: Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff; Lyrics: Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff; Concept: Ali McGregor
The Selfish Giant - Composer: Simon Bruckard; Librettist: Emma Muir-Smith