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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 exhilarating arias, great duets, ensembles and thrilling orchestral music.

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.

Rome Colosseum. Photo: Beata Bowes

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.

Pre-Show Cocktail Reception

Enjoy your favourite antipasti and aperitivo wines by Coriole at an Italian themed pre-concert reception from 4pm in the Melbourne Room, Hamer Hall. Buon appetito!

Numbers limited. $60 per person in addition to ticket price.

The Music

Concert Program

Part 1 - Approx. 60 min

  • Overture (Semiramide, Rossini)
  • Eccomi alfine in Babilonia (Semiramide, Rossini) 
  • Avrai tu pur vendetta (Ciro in Babilonia, Rossini) 
  • Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide, Rossini)   
  • Chi disprezza gl’infelici (Ciro in Babilonia, Rossini) 
  • Asile héréditaire (Guillaume Tell, Rossini) 
  • Ebben...a te; ferisci (Semiramide, Rossini)

Part 2 - Approx. 60 min

  • Overture (Norma, Bellini)
  • Cruda Sorte (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini)
  • Ai capricci della sorte (L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini)
  • O luce di quest’anima (Linda di Chamounix, Donizetti)
  • Deserto in terra (Dom Sebastiano, Donizetti)
  • O mon Fernand (La Favorite, Donizetti) 
  • Livorno, dieci Aprile (Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, Donizetti) 
  • Trio and finale (Le Comte Ory, Rossini)

Victorian Opera reserves the right to modify the concert program if required.

Grand Canal, Venice. Photo: Beata Bowes

Cast & Creatives

Composers Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Gioachino Rossini
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper


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

Guest artists

Shakira Dugan mezzo-soprano
Nathan Lay baritone
Stephen Marsh baritone
Samuel Piper baritone
Kathryn Radcliffe soprano
Matthew Thomas baritone
Raphael Wong baritone


Orchestra Victoria

Book Tickets

Ticket prices $39-$194

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

For phone bookings, please call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183. Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply.

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