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Jonathan Mills


Digital Access From 18 October 2024

Eucalyptus is a new opera by Jonathan Mills, based on Murray Bail’s beloved novel. It is part Australian fairy tale, part sonorous evocation of the Australian bush.

In this dappled landscape lurks both beauty and wonder. The score is mysterious and colourful, with moments of dramatic intensity and hushed beauty. The libretto by Meredith Oakes is poetic and spare.

Eucalyptus is an ageless story of love and longing, about a daughter and a father – Ellen and Holland. Ellen’s overprotective father has created a safe haven from the world – a forest of eucalypts. But is the forest a sanctuary? Or is Ellen, like Rapunzel, imprisoned? Ellen encounters a Stranger amongst her father’s trees – a storyteller with enchanting tales of far-away lands…

Renowned Australian playwright Michael Gow directs this co-production for Victorian Opera, Opera Australia and the Perth and Brisbane Festivals, with designs by Simone Romaniuk. Desiree Frahn and Simon Meadows create the roles of Ellen and Holland, with Orchestra Victoria and the Victorian Opera Chorus conducted by Tahu Matheson.

Watch Eucalyptus online from the comfort of your own home by purchasing Digital Access, either as a Subscription package or as an individual performance.

  • Streamed live on the performance date and available on-demand for six months.
  • You can watch when you want and as many times as you want.
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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Conductor Tahu Matheson
Director Michael Gow
Set and Costume Designer Simone Romaniuk
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Cover Conductor Richard Mills OA


Ellen Desiree Frahn
Holland Simon Meadows
The Stranger Michael Petruccelli
Cave Samuel Dundas
Sprunt Sisters Natalie Jones, Dimity Shepherd

with Victorian Opera chorus


Orchestra Victoria

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Digital Access can be purchased as a subscription or individual performances. All Digital Access performances can be viewed live and on-demand for an extended period following the initial stream date as many times as you wish.

You only need to buy 1 Digital Access ticket per household, not a ticket for each person watching.

Digital Access ticket orders include a $1.50 (inc. GST) processing fee per order.

2023 Concession include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, and MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under.

Phone (03) 9001 6400 for assistance.

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COVID-19 Safety

The safety of our audience and team is paramount. Current COVID-safe procedures will be adhered to for every performance. Our venue partner has worked diligently to develop and update their COVIDSafe Plan as circumstances change.

If you or a member of your household is unwell or displaying COVID-19 symptoms before a performance, please stay home. To exchange or refund your tickets due to feeling unwell, simply contact us prior to the scheduled performance via or phone (03) 9001 6412 (Monday to Friday, 10 am – 5 pm).

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

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