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Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini

Heroic Bel Canto

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
14 Jul 2019

The best of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini


The glorious heritage of bel canto: its power of expression, its poetic sensibility and the exhilaration of its virtuosity have timeless appeal.

Experience an evening of vocal prowess with famous mad scenes, great duets, ensembles and thrilling music for the chorus. Hear the most popular characters from the bel canto repertoire: gallant heroes, star-crossed lovers and beguiling villains, both nasty and humorous.

Celebrate the inimitable art of bel canto with some of its greatest living exponents. Australian voices have played an important role in this great tradition, dating back to Melba and Sutherland, and it is continued on the most prestigious world stages by today’s stars such as Jessica Pratt. 

The toast of Italian opera Daniela Barcellona also co-stars alongside company favourite Carlos E. Bárcenas in this one-night-only concert.

Something indescribable happens each time Victorian Opera performs bel canto masterworks at Hamer Hall. We guarantee another electrifying experience.

5 reasons not to miss Heroic Bel Canto

  • Appreciate the very best of Italian operatic repertoire in one (early) night.
  • Hear some of the greatest living bel canto singers, who have performed at La Scala, The Met and Royal Opera House, exhibit their art with astounding virtuosity.
  • Delight in a tantalising tasting plate of great opera. Perfect for those who like variety or newcomers who want to sample different composers.
  • Bel canto is the essence of opera singing and Victorian Opera are experts in this repertoire. There is no better way to experience the art of ‘beautiful singing’ than with an electrifying experience that will have you on your feet at the end.
  • Dreaming of a trip to Italy? There’s no need to pay for an expensive airfare, you can have an Italian experience right here in Melbourne.


Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Sunday 14 July, 5:00pm

Running time is approximately 2 hours, plus one interval

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Join us for an Italian-themed Pre-Show Cocktail Reception. $60pp in addition to ticket price.

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page. 

Book 2 shows or more as part of a subscription and save 10–30% off single ticket prices.

Cast & Creatives

Composers Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Gioachino Rossini
Conductor Richard Mills

Jessica Pratt soprano
Daniela Barcellona mezzo-soprano
Carlos E. Bárcenas tenor
and guests

Orchestra Victoria

Book Tickets

Choose Your Own (CYO) Subscription Pricing

Package (Adult) Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
2 Shows CYO $174 $129 $93 $35
3-4 Shows CYO $155 $115 $83 $35
5+ Shows CYO $135 $100 $72 $35

Single Ticket pricing

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $194 $144 $104 $39
Concession $184 $134 $94 $39
Senior $189 $139 $99 $39
30 Years and Under N/A N/A $35 $35
Group (6+) $184 $134 $94 $39
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30

Subscription pricing applies to Full/Adult, Concession and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers. Discount savings are calculated on Full Single Ticket prices for 2019. Concession and 30 Years and Under subscription pricing does not apply to Premium seating. Tickets must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. A $8.50 Subscription Processing Fee applies per order to bookings made online, by phone or mail. Subscriptions close on Monday 4 March 2019.

If you have any issues booking online, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849. Please allow up to four weeks to have your subscription processed and to receive your tickets.

For single ticket phone bookings, please call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183. Single ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary.

We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For Heroic Bel Canto these include Arts Centre Melbourne, Tix, Showbiz and What's On Live. Arts Centre Melbourne can be accessed via links on this website. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.