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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 on sale dates

Subscriptions are available from Thursday 20 May to Wednesday 2 June. Single tickets on sale from Thursday 3 June at 10:00am. 

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.

Digital Access

Voss will be livestreamed on Wednesday 4 August at 7.30 pm. Digital Access allows you to watch live and on-demand for six months following the performance date. You can purchase Digital Access as part of a subscription package (2+ performances) or as an individual performance.

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


Book Tickets

Subscriptions $35-$127 (on sale 20 May to 2 June 2021)

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve D-Reserve
Adult $127 $103 $71 $47 $35
Concession $119 $95 $63 $39 $35
Senior $123 $99 $67 $43 $35
30 years & Under N/A $30 $30 $30 $30

Single Tickets $39-$159 (on sale 3 June 2021)

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve D-Reserve
Adult $159 $129 $89 $59 $39
Concession $149 $119 $79 $49 $39
Senior $154 $124 $84 $54 $39
30 years & Under N/A N/A $30 $30 $30
Group (6+) $149 $119 $79 $49 $39
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30 $30

For assistance with Subscriptions, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). Subscriptions closed on Thursday 2 June 2021.

Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply. A seating map for this production can be found on the venue website. Information on our Privacy and Ticketing Policies can be found here.

We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For The Who’s Tommy these may include Arts Centre Melbourne (subscriptions only), Ticketmaster and Halftix. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.

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 Who's Tommy close on Wednesday 2 June 2021.


“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