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Ottorino Respighi

The Sleeping Beauty

Palais Theatre, St Kilda
23 Feb 2021 - 26 Feb 2021

The classic fairy tale you know and love.

It’s the one about the princess who pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep sleep. For centuries, the kingdom slumbers. The only one who can save them is a handsome prince and his revitalising kiss.

Composed in the aftermath of World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic, Respighi’s opera was a tale for a world on its knees. It’s the call for resilience and celebration that we all need right now.

Victorian Opera presents this opera as it was intended. Magical larger-than-life puppets and charming music draw you into a wondrous dreamscape in this revival of our acclaimed 2017 production.

Embrace the child within and join a resilient community emerging out of dark times with hope. It’s time for reawakening.


Victorian Opera's 2021 production of The Sleeping Beauty



Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Saturday 20 February 2021, 7.30 pm [CANCELLED*]
Tuesday 23 February 2021, 7.30 pm 
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 7.30 pm
Thursday 25 February 2021, 7.30 pm
Friday 26 February 2021, 7.30 pm [SOLD OUT]

1 h 20, no interval

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Please be aware that flashing lights and theatrical smoke and haze will be used during this performance.

As per government guidelines, masks must be worn indoors, including during a performance. Masks must also be worn outdoors where you cannot safely distance 1.5m from other patrons. Specific information relating to the Palais Theatre's COVID-Safe measures can be found here.

Creatives & Cast

Composer Ottorino Respighi
Librettist Gian Bistolfi
Conductor Phoebe Briggs
Director Nancy Black
Set Designer Morwenna Schenck
Original Set Design Bluebottle
Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean
Original Puppet Design and Construction Joe Blanck
Original Choreographer Michelle Heaven
Orchestra Orchestra Victoria


The Nightingale Rebecca Rashleigh
The Cuckoo Shakira Dugan
The Frog / The Spindle Kirilie Blythman
The Ambassador Michael Lampard
The Blue Fairy Kathryn Radcliffe
The Jester / Mister Dollar Cheques Timothy Reynolds
The Green Fairy Juel Riggall
The King Raphael Wong
The Queen / The Cat Dimity Shepherd
The Old Lady / The Duchess Liane Keegan
The Princess Georgia Wilkinson
The Woodcutter Stephen Marsh
The Prince Carlos E. Bárcenas
A Villager Douglas Kelly

Puppeteers Christian Bagin, Vincent Crowley, Nadine Dimitrievitch, Kate Fryer, Kaira Hachefa, Stéphane Hisler, Luke Taylor

Inside the Rehearsal Room



“★★★★½ Pure magic”

“★★★★½ Not a moment goes by that doesn’t captivate the senses.”

“★★★★½ An utter delight”

Book Tickets

Single Tickets $39-$125

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve D-Reserve
Adult $125 $105 $80 $59 $39
Concession $115 $95 $70 $49 $39
Senior $120 $100 $75 $54 $39
30 Years & Under N/A N/A $30 $30 $30
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30 $30

Concession prices are available to Pension and Health Care Card holders, full-time Students and MEAA Members. 

For assistance with Single Tickets bookings, please contact Ticketmaster

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 The Sleeping Beauty these may include Arts Centre Melbourne, Ticketmaster, Tix, TakeYourSeats, Halftix. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed. 

For assistance with Subscription tickets you have purchased, please phone our dedicated Subscriptions line on 1300 822 849 (via Arts Centre Melbourne).

Supported by

The Robert Salzer Foundation
Orchestra Victoria