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Voyage to the Moon

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
15 Jan 2016 - 19 Feb 2016

A knight travels to the moon in a reimagined Baroque opera of love, loss and hope.

The great warrior Orlando has fallen into a deep madness. His friend Astolfo travels to the heavens with the mysterious Magus to find a cure and discovers the moon is home to many lost things including Orlando’s sanity. But first he must convince the all-powerful Guardian of the Moon, Selena, that Orlando is worth saving.

One of the greatest Australian sopranos, Emma Matthews assumes dual roles as both Selena and Orlando while leading Australian mezzo Sally-Anne Russell is Astolfo.  Former Victorian Opera emerging artist Jeremy Kleeman sings the role of Magus, with Phoebe Briggs leading a period ensemble from the harpsichord. 

Voyage to the Moon is inspired by the epic poem Orlando furioso, weaving a story from the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann and Gluck, with new words by theatre legend Michael Gow, breathtaking singing and stunning costumes.

Presented in partnership with Musica Viva, Voyage to the Moon will open in Melbourne before travelling to Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide. 



Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Monday 15 February 2016     7:30 pm
Tuesday 16 February 2016    7:30 pm
Thursday 18 February 2016  7:30 pm
Friday 19 February 2016      7:30 pm

Sung in English

Victorian Opera's 2016 production of Voyage to the Moon. Photo: Jeff Busby

Cast & Crew

Creative team

Written and Directed by Michael Gow
Music realised by Calvin Bowman and the late Alan Curtis
Design concept by Matt Scott and Christina Smith


Selena/Orlando Emma Matthews
Astolfo Sally-Anne Russell
Magus Jeremy Kleeman


Musical Director/Harpsichord Phoebe Briggs
Oboe Emma Black
Violins Rachael Beesley, Zoë Black 
Viola Simon Oswell
Cello Molly Kadarauch 
Double Bass Kirsty McCahon 



“★★★★☆ Baroque heaven”

“★★★★ A work of pure gold”

“★★★★ It is truly the most exciting time to be an opera lover in Melbourne.”

Voyage to the Moon is a collaboration between

Victorian Opera and Musica Viva, in association with the Performance Program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, led by Jane Davidson (overall Academic Curator of this partnership), Alan Maddox (Associate Investigator), Frederic Kiernan and Joseph Browning (Research Associates).

This tour is supported by

the Musica Viva Amadeus Society.