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Rush Hour

Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre
1 Oct 2013 - 2 Oct 2013

Opera's bright young things

‘I love the rush I get when performing.’ - Student, Master of Music (Opera Performance)

Why does a aspiring performer choose to live and breathe opera? They sing to feel alive, to get lost in the beauty of the music and to experience the thrill of an attentive audience. In October 2013, seven emerging opera singers near the end of an incredible musical journey, a Master of Music (Opera Performance). From training in Victorian Opera’s own home of Horti Hall to performing in front of thousands, their lives have been well and truly transformed.

In Rush Hour, these young singers each present a ten minute set featuring opera arias and monologues, based on one of the following themes: Love and War, Sacred and Profane, Agony and Ecstasy, Love Spurned, Vengeance is Mine, O’ Sweet Death and Scandal and Mischief. Join opera’s newest and brightest stars in a cabaret style performance on the stage of Merlyn Theatre.

The Master of Music (Opera Performance) is a collaboration between the Melbourne Conservatorium of Musicthe University of Melbourne and Victorian Opera.


Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre

Tuesday 1 October 7.00pm
Wednesday 2 October 6.30pm

Performed in English with surtitles

1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)

Cast & Crew


Carlos E. Bárcenas
Kirilie Blythman
Olivia Cranwell
Christine Heald
Jeremy Kleeman
Timothy Reynolds
Daniel Todd

Orchestra Victoria


Schubert: Gute Nacht
Massenet: Werther
Gounod: Il ne revient pas
Verdi: Ritorna vincitor
Nieto: Cancion de Mayo
Rossini: La calunnia
Lara: Granada
Mahler: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Bach: Jesu, lass durch Wohl und Weh
Saint-Saens: Amour, viens aider
Figueroa: Negrita
Dvorak: Mladosti Sve pozbavena (Rusalka)
Villaraga: Barcarola
Sondheim: Epiphany
Verdi: Morro
Finzi: Fear no more the heat o’ the sun
Weill: Mack the Knife