Our Story and Values

Reimagining the potential of opera, for everyone.


Our Values

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.

Our Story

A national leader and state icon, Victorian Opera is one of the most celebrated opera companies in Australia. We are committed to presenting 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 – Alan John
Green Room Award – Best New Operatic Work

Rembrandt's Wife – Andrew Ford
Green Room Award – Best New Australian Opera

Parrot Factory - Stuart Greenbaum 
The Cockatoos - Sarah de Jong

How to Kill your Husband (and other handy household hints) - Alan John

Cinderella - Richard Gill 
Midnight Son - Gordon Kerry (Australia)
Green Room Awards – Best New Australian Opera and Direction – Nicki Wendt

Sleeping Beauty - Richard Gill 
The Magic Pudding - The Opera - Calvin Bowman 
Green Room Award – Best Ensemble (Opera)

The Riders - Iain Grandage
Green Room Awards – Best Australian Opera and Male Lead – Barry Ryan 
The Play of Herod - Richard Mills

Alice's Adventures in Operaland - Various 
Remembrance - Richard Mills 
Seven Deadly Sins - Julian Langdon, Mark Viggiani, Jessica Wells and Ian Whitney 
The Grumpiest Boy in the World - Joe Twist

Voyage to the Moon – Various 
Banquet of Secrets - Paul Grabowsky 
Laughter and Tears - Richard Mills 
The Pied Piper - Richard Mills

’Tis Pity - Richard Mills 
The Snow Queen - Gordon Kerry

Lorelei - Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff