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Franz Schubert

The Friends of Salamanca

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
1 Oct 2021 - 2 Oct 2021


In light of the latest lockdown extension, it is with much disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our upcoming season of Franz Schubert’s The Friends of Salamanca. 

As Victorian Opera’s annual Youth Opera and a production set to feature our inaugural Youth Orchestra, we are exploring ways in which to engage these talented emerging artists online to continue nurturing their development. 

Current ticket holders to this production will be refunded in full via Arts Centre Melbourne.

It could be the script of a Hollywood rom-com: friends fall in love with each other’s friends. 

Welcome to Salamanca, Spain. The weather is warm, the architecture is golden, and love is in the air.

Between castle parties and grape harvests, our hot-blooded Spaniards are out to woo their loves. But can they outwit the conceited Count Tormes? Never fear, there are only happy endings in this feel-good singspiel.

What better work for our annual Youth Opera than a carefree story of love and friendship between young people? In this rare opera from Schubert, the master songwriter, his humanity shines through every note. Sometimes all we need is a little help from our friends.

Come along for some fun in the Spanish sun. Tapas and tempranillo not included.

This production has been made possible by a generous gift from Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM.



Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall*

CANCELLED: Friday 1 October 2021, 7.30 pm
CANCELLED: Saturday 2 October 2021, 5.00 pm

1 h 30, no interval

Sung in German with English surtitles

*Postponed from Season 2020, The Friends of Salamanca was initially scheduled for November 2021 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse. The date and venue have been updated to the details listed above.

The Friends of Salamanca goes on sale in Quarter 4

The date previously announced for The Friends of Salamanca ticket on sale is no longer current. The new ticket on sale date and further information will be provided as soon as possible.

Subscription Tickets $35-$52
Single Tickets $39-$65

2021 Concession prices include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under, Arts Access Victoria. Companion Card ticketing available.

Ticket Concierge

Excited to see The Friends of Salamanca and don’t want to miss the on-sale date? We can help. Register your interest using our new Ticket Concierge.

Season 2020 Ticket Holders

All ticket holders from the 2020 postponed performances will be contacted prior to The Friends of Salamanca going on sale in 2021. Ticket holders have the choice of transferring to the new dates or refunding their bookings via the original ticket seller. If you are a 2020 ticket holder and have not been contacted by Friday 6 August, please contact the ticketing team by email.

Keeping you safe

The safety of our audience and team is paramount. COVID-safe procedures will be adhered to for every performance. Our venue partner, Arts Centre Melbourne, has worked diligently to develop their COVIDSafe & Wellbeing Plan.

If you or a member of your household is unwell or displaying COVID-19 symptoms before a performance, please stay home. To exchange or refund your tickets due to feeling unwell, simply contact us prior to the scheduled performance. You can reach our ticketing team at or phone (03) 9001 6412 (Monday to Friday, 10 am - 5 pm). We are here to assist you.

Creatives & Cast

Composer Franz Schubert
Librettist Johann Mayrhofer
Conductor Fabian Russell
Direction / English Dialogue Emma Muir-Smith
Set and Costume Designer Mel Serjeant
Lighting Designer Eduard Inglés
Orchestra Victorian Opera Youth Orchestra


Alonso Nicholas Collins
Diego TBA
Tormes Joshua Morton-Galea
Fidelio Giovanni de Simone
Alkade Nicholas Sheppard
Manuel Alexander Owens
Ist Guerilla Joshua Vass
2nd Guerilla / Xilo Tiernan Maclaren
Eusebia Jane Magao
Olivia Grace Gallur
Laura Chloe James


Madison Adams, Zoë Brunsdon, Morgan Carter, Sienna Couzens, Tilly Dalton, Angela Edgley, Phoebe Edwards, Genevieve Gray, Natalie Grimmett, Carmen Hammelmann, Hayley Jobson, Bridgette Kelsey, Bella Merakis, Zoya McLean, Louisa Orlando, Charlotte Plum, Hannah Simos-Garner, Leah Stange

Mia Costanzo, Cate Dunstan, Saskia Mascitti, Sophie McGetrick, Bria Rechner, Lauren Ryan-Green, Kai Scott, Anushka Tiwari, Caitlin Wans, Danielle Zuccala

Caleb Jarcevic, Jack Jordan, Denny Lin

Tiernan Maclaren, Callum Orr, Luka Pajic, Noah Straughan, Joshua Vass, Michael Zuccala

Principal Covers
Ben Glover, Jack Jordan, Harmony Lee, Amanda Hargreaves, Qiulian Axtens

Book Tickets

Subscription $35-$52

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $52 $44 $35
Concession $44 $35 $35
Senior $48 $40 $35
30 Years & Under $30 $30 $30

Single Tickets $39-$65

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $65 $55 $39
Concession $55 $45 $39
Senior $60 $50 $39
30 Years & Under N/A $30 $30
Group (6+) $55 $45 $39
Arts Access N/A $30 $30

Subscription pricing applies to Full (Adult), Concession, Senior and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers. Discount savings are calculated on full-priced Single Ticket prices for 2021. Concession subscription prices are available to Pension and Health Care Card holders, full-time Students and MEAA Members. Subscriptions must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. A $8.95 Subscription Processing Fee applies per order. Subscriptions for The Friends of Salamanca close on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

For assistance with Subscriptions, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). Assistance with booking Single Tickets, please phone Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183. 

Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply. Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page. Information on our Privacy and Ticketing Policies can be found here

We strongly advise that tickets only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For  these may include Arts Centre Melbourne, Tix, TakeYourSeats, Halftix and TodayTix. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.

Supported by

The Robert Salzer Foundation