Secondary Schools

Inspire your students with the transformative power of storytelling through song and theatre.

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Bring opera into your classroom with a diversity of choices across our 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Each production is supported by Education Resources that align with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas. Through these resources, students can explore the processes behind opera production, the background of the work, and its relevance to the present day.

Discounted group prices for school bookings are now available for all mainstage productions. Student prices are $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked.

SEASON 2020

Salome

Richard Strauss

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm
Tuesday 25 February, 7.30pm
Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm

Irresistible Salome, the teenage stepdaughter of King Herod (Herodes), is overcome by her desire for the prophet Jochanaan. After his rejection, she takes her revenge by demanding his head.

Recommended for Years 10–12.

To make a group booking, call Ticketmaster on 1300 889 278.

Three Tales

Stefan Cassomenos, Zac Hurren and Dermot Tutty

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 26 June, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 June, 1.00pm
Saturday 27 June,
 7.30pm

This new Australian opera assembles three talented composers to bring their unique styles to an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Three Tales by acclaimed Australian playwright Daniel Keene.

A Simple Heart is the story of devoted servant Felicité. The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller follows a man’s transformation from fierce conqueror and hunter to compassionate hermit. Herodias revisits the story of Salome and John the Baptist.

To make a group booking, call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183.

The Who's Tommy

Peter Townshend

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Friday 14 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 15 August, 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 August, 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 August, 7.30pm
Thursday 20 August, 7.30pm
Friday 21 August, 7.30pm

Tommy’s traumatic childhood leaves his senses paralysed, but despite being deaf, dumb and blind, the teenager plays a mean pinball game. His extraordinary talent catapults him to international superstardom in this inspiring story of hope, healing, and triumph over adversity.

Recommended for Years 10–12.

To make a group booking, call Ticketmaster on 1300 889 278.

Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Friday 21 August, 7:30pm

Unable to deal with the death of his wife, Paul retreats from the world to live in his memories. When he meets a dancer who bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, his emotional state rapidly unravels leading to hallucinations.

To make a group booking, call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183.

Die Freunde von Salamanka (The Friends of Salamanca)

Franz Schubert

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 25 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 26 September, 3.00pm 
Saturday 26 September,
 7.30pm

Alonso, Diego and Fidelio live a carefree existence in the Spanish university town of Salamanca, surrounded by hills and vineyards. Alonso needs a little help from his friends to rescue his love Olivia from the idiotic Count Tormes, so they devise a cheeky prank to ensure she falls for Alonso. Love is in the air when the two groups of friends meet.

To make a group booking, call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183.

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Complete your work experience with Victorian Opera and get hands-on experience with the elements behind opera production.

We welcome students who have a genuine curiosity about any aspect of the performing arts industry, in particular opera and musical theatre. Students who are accepted for work experience will be exposed to the different departments that make up Victorian Opera, not just performance elements.

Work experience at Victorian Opera will be available from Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June. Applications for work experience in 2020 will open on 20 January 2020. 

For any further information, please contact Education Officer Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or ioannas@victorianopera.com.au.