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Vincenzo Bellini

The Capulets and the Montagues

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
14 Sep 2018

One night in Verona

Love and tragedy intertwine in Bellini’s take on the original heartbreaker. Unmistakable melodies soar with rich lyricism and sublime beauty as inevitable devastation unfolds on stage.

The ultimate tale of doomed love marks the thrilling finale to Victorian Opera’s Bellini concert series. The rarely- heard masterpiece draws two of Australia’s finest singers home as Romeo and Juliet; internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and superstar soprano Jessica Pratt.

Experience the exhilaration as pure electricity fills Hamer Hall for one night only.

Last chance to experience Bellini virtuosity

The Capulets and the Montagues concludes our critically-acclaimed concert series of major Bellini operas, following on from Norma (2014), I Puritani (2015) and La Sonnambula (2017). With electrifying performances in front of packed houses, the Bellini concerts have become a highlight of each season.

Expect a night of vocal fireworks with a phenomenal cast of international and Australian talent never before heard on the same stage. The Capulets and the Montagues is filled with some of the greatest showpieces for soprano and mezzo-soprano and homegrown international stars Jessica Pratt and Caitlin Hulcup are two of the best in the business. They will be supported by the superbly talented Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Carlos E. Bárcenas and David Parkin.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to hear the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Mills, 40 years after his first appearance with the TSO.

If last year’s ecstatic audience response to La Sonnambula is anything to go by, we might see The Capulets and the Montagues lift the roof off Hamer Hall.


Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Friday 14 September 2018, 7:30pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, plus interval.

Opera in concert

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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

Pre-show cocktail reception

Join us for drinks and canapés before the concert. The cocktail reception is $50 per person. Numbers are limited. Book through Arts Centre Melbourne.

Cast & Crew

Composer Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist Felice Romani
Conductor Richard Mills


Tebaldo Carlos E. Bárcenas
Capellio David Parkin
Lorenzo Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Romeo Caitlin Hulcup
Giulietta Jessica Pratt


Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Jessica Pratt's appearance is made possible through the generous support of Hans and Petra Henkell.

Siobhan Stagg’s appearance is generously supported by Siobhan Lenihan.

Presented in association with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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Book Tickets

Ticket Prices

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Full Price $189 $139 $94 $35
Concession $179 $129 $84 $35
Senior $184 $134 $89 $35
30 years & Under NA NA $35 $35
Group (6+) $179 $129 $84 $35
Arts Access NA NA $30 $30

For any single ticket queries, phone Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 182 183. 

Season 2018 subscriptions are now closed. If you are a current subscriber and you need assistance, please call Victorian Opera's Subscription line on 1300 822 849 and a friendly staff member will help you.


“Jessica Pratt could bring the house down in her sleep.”

Limelight, 7 May 2017

“Victorian Opera's annual concert opera presentations have become a highlight of Melbourne's opera scene. ”

Opera Chaser, 7 May 2017