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Franz Schubert

The Friends of Salamanca

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
25 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020

Love and fun under the Spanish sun


Known for his humanity, Schubert loved gathering his friends for musical parties to share his latest songs. Never performed in his lifetime, this Schubert rarity is a unique opportunity to see the master songwriter bring his genius to opera with a light-hearted singspiel about the amorous adventures of students united by friendship.

Alonso, Diego and Fidelio live a carefree existence in the Spanish university town of Salamanca, surrounded by hills and vineyards. Alonso needs a little help from his friends to rescue his love Olivia from the idiotic Count Tormes, so they devise a cheeky prank to ensure she falls for Alonso. Love is in the air when the two groups of friends meet.

With delightful musical conversations and jolly ensemble numbers, this Australian premiere is the ideal project for our annual Youth Opera, featuring the next generation of stars.

Celebrate love and friendship with a charming romantic comedy filled with beautiful music that forges a direct pathway to the heart.

Dates & Times

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 25 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 26 September, 3.00pm
Saturday 26 September, 7.30pm

Running time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, no interval

Sung in German with English surtitles

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Saturday 26 September

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

Cast & Creative

Composer Franz Schubert
Librettist Johann Mayrhofer
Conductor Fabian Russell
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper


Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and youth artists


Victorian Opera Youth Orchestra

This production is supported by Henkell Family Fund 2.

Book Tickets

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2 Shows - Save 10% $58 $49 $35
3-5 Shows - Save 20% $52 $44 $35
6+ Shows - Save 30% $45 $38 $35

Single ticket prices $39-$65

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $65 $55 $39
Concession $60 $50 $39
Senior $60 $50 $39
30 Years & Under N/A $39 $35
Group (6+) $60 $50 $39
Arts Access N/A $30 $30

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