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The Second Hurricane

Youth Opera
6 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

In a storm-ravaged American town, a group of high school students offer their help to a nearby county before becoming stranded in the wake of a second hurricane.

Aaron Copland’s work was originally written for students when it premiered in New York in 1937. Eighty years on, The Second Hurricane makes its Victorian Opera debut as the company’s youth opera for 2017 as part of our Education Program. It will be performed by a cast of singers aged 15-25 together with students from Victorian Opera’s Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE).

The opera will be directed by Victorian Opera Developing Artist Alastair Clark, with Angus Grant as musical director. Copland’s youth opera tells an important parable of the reaffirmation of community through surviving the darkness of disaster.

Composer Aaron Copland
Librettist Edwin Denby


Horti Hall

6 October 7:30pm
7, 8 October 2:00pm
14 October 1:00pm & 4:00pm
15 October 1:00pm & 4:00pm

Sung in English

Cast & Crew

Creative Team

Director Alastair Clark
Musical Director Angus Grant
Set & Costume Designer Candice MacAllister
Sound Designer Jim Atkins
Lighting Designer Eduard Ingles

Principal Cast

Queenie Shimona Thevathasan
Gwen Saskia Mascitti
Gyp James Emerson 
Lowrie Thomas Harvey
Butch Lachlan McLean
Fat James Young
Jeff Dorcas Lim

Members of the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE)

Book Tickets

Single ticket prices

Price Type General Admission
Adult $35
Senior $30
Concession $30
Group (8+) $30
VOYage* $30
School Group $25
Arts Access^ $30
Child $25

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method: Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE. Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order.

A $8.50 Service Charge applies per order to bookings made online or by phone, mail, fax and email.

* Special price for 30 and under.
^ Must present proof of Arts Access membership at time of booking.


“Victorian Opera continues to forge a pathway for the appreciation of opera through their Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble. Apart from presenting an opera which can be appreciated by a younger audience, they are giving valuable experience to young singers who may, one day, tread the operatic boards.”

“The Second Hurricane entices visually and showcases the strength and discipline of our young local singers marvellously.”

Paul Selar, Herald Sun, 10 October 2017

This production is proudly supported by

Victorian Opera Education Syndicate