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Richard Meale


Palais Theatre, St Kilda
4 Aug 2021

The obsessive explorer, the Australian outback and the lover he leaves behind.

Voss dreams of exploring this vast and ancient continent. But these lands are unfamiliar to European settlers. As Voss and his men suffer from exhaustion and exposure, he seeks strength from his connection with Laura.

Our nation’s history is filled with ill-fated tales of men pursuing their destiny in the harsh Australian outback. One of those was a German explorer called Ludwig Leichhardt, immortalised as Voss in Patrick White’s novel.

From the famed Australian novel came ‘the great Australian opera’, only to fade into obscurity in the 1990s. Now, Victorian Opera revives this watershed piece of Australiana in a one-night-only event.

Follow Voss’ love story with the outback and a young woman in colonial Sydney. Let’s celebrate our music and heritage.

Suitable for mature audiences, ages 15+.



Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Wednesday 4 August, 7.30pm*

2 h 10, plus one interval

Sung in English with surtitles

*Livestream available

Voss goes on sale in Quarter 3

Subscriptions will be available from Thursday 20 May to Wednesday 2 June. Single tickets on sale from Thursday 3 June.

Subscription Tickets $35-$127
Single Tickets $39-$159

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 Voss and don’t want to miss the on-sale date? We can help. Register your interest using our new Ticket Concierge.

Digital Access

The performance of Voss on Wednesday 4 August at 7.30 pm will be livestreamed as part of our Virtual Victorian Opera program. You can purchase digital access as part of a subscription package or individually, with both live and on-demand streaming options. 

Digital Subscription $24
Digital Access $30
(Processing fees apply per order)

Creatives & Cast

Composer Richard Meale
Librettist David Malouf, based on the original work by Patrick White
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Stuart Maunder
Orchestra ANAM Orchestra


Voss Samuel Dundas
Laura Emma Pearson
Judd Simon Meadows
Harry Samuel Sakker
Le Mesurier Michael Petruccelli
Belle Rebecca Rashleigh
Tom Daniel Todd
Mrs Judd Dimity Shepherd
Topp Douglas Kelly
Reporter Timothy Reynolds
Rose Shakira Dugan

Richard Meale is administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Season 2021 Sneak Peek: The Rare



“The operatic version of Patrick White’s novel is legendary.”


In association with

ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music)

Supported by

State Opera of South Australia