Season 2022

Explore an array of opera and musical theatre productions to introduce to your students with Victorian Opera’s Season 2022.

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The Who's Tommy

The Who’s 1969 rock opera album Tommy was revolutionary and sold over 20 million copies. From it came the powerhouse rock musical that received five Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, three Olivier Awards and a Grammy.

With music and lyrics by The Who’s guitarist and vocalist Pete Townshend, get ready to rock with smash hits ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’ and ‘Acid Queen’. 

Don’t miss The Who’s Tommy as it takes over Melbourne’s rock ‘n’ roll stomping ground, the Palais Theatre!

Discover the cast and creative team here.

1 hr 50, plus one interval

Sung in English 

  • Suitability: Years 10 to 12
  • Warnings: This production of The Who’s Tommy contains strong adult themes with references to child abuse. 
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Drama and Visual Arts 
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, Ethical, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Now available here

Venue: Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Dates: Term 1, 22 February – 1 March 2022 

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25. 

To book, email Ticketmaster Group Bookings at groups@ticketmaster.com.au or fill out the online booking form here.

Happy End

Kurt Weill

Chicago, 1915. Gangsters, The Salvation Army, and a happy ending.

This anti-capitalist musical comedy tells the unlikely love story of gangster Bill Cracker and Salvation Army Lieutenant Lillian Holiday. Happy End roars with Weill’s musical genius and charismatic jazz-influenced style, boasting some of Weill and Brecht’s most iconic songs. 

Witness a remarkable ensemble in this rarely staged gem of the 20th century.

Discover the cast and creative team here .

2 hrs, plus one interval

Sung in English 

  • Suitability: Years 10 to 12
  • Warnings: This production contains adult themes and some coarse language.
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Drama and Visual Arts 
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, Ethical, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Available Friday 11 February 2022

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Dates: Term 1, 23 – 26 March 2022

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25. 

To book, call the Arts Centre Melbourne box office number on 1300 182 183. Ticket orders can be paid over the phone or an invoice can be requested. 

Il Mago di Oz

Pierangelo Valtinoni

Launched from the pages of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale’s journey down the yellow brick road has captured the imagination of children and adults alike since the novel was first published in 1900. Her encounters with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Witches – good and bad – are legendary.

With an emphasis on childhood and its capacity to embrace the fantastic, Il Mago di Oz will speak directly to young people and to the child in all of us.

Discover the cast and creative team here.

1 hr 40, plus one interval

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

  • Suitability: Years 7 to 12
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Drama and Visual Arts; English; Italian 
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, Ethical, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Available Friday 15 July 2022

Venue: Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Dates: Term 3, 27 & 30 August 2022

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25. 

To book, email Ticketmaster Group Bookings at groups@ticketmaster.com.au or fill out the online booking form here.

In Association With: Orchestra Victoria

Supported by: The Robert Salzer Foundation

Elektra

Richard Strauss

Elektra yearns to avenge the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. Her brother, Orest, returns to cleanse the palace of its evil. From her obsessive beginnings to her final dance of vengeance and collapse, Elektra’s journey to catharsis is one of the great trajectories of character in operatic literature. 

Discover the cast and creative team here.

1 hr 40, no interval

Sung in German with English surtitles

  • Suitability: Years 10 to 12
  • Warnings: This production contains strong adult themes.
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Drama and Visual Arts; Classical Studies; German
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, Ethical, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Available Friday 5 August 2022

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Dates: Term 3, 14 September 2022

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25. 

To book, call the Arts Centre Melbourne box office number on 1300 182 183. Ticket orders can be paid over the phone or an invoice can be requested. 

In Association With: Orchestra Victoria & ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music)

Presenting Partner: AWM Electrical and Data Suppliers

Supported by: Hans and Petra Henkell & Henkell Family Fund 2

The Butterfly Lovers

Richards Mills

In a famous Chinese legend, doomed lovers find freedom when their spirits transform into butterflies.

Yingtai disguises herself as a boy to pursue an education. On the way to commence her studies, she meets Shanbo and they become friends. Confused by their growing attraction, they eventually succumb to their love. But Yingtai is destined for an arranged marriage. Only as butterflies can they be together forever.

An exploration of sexual identity and societal oppression, The Butterfly Lovers is above all else a celebration of love.

Discover the cast and creative team here.

1 hr 10, no interval

Sung in English 

  • Suitability: Years 10 to 12
  • Warnings: This production contains adult themes and sexual references.
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Theatre Studies, Drama and Visual Arts; Literature; Sociology
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, Ethical, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Available Friday 2 September 2022 

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Dates: Term 4, 12-15 October 2022

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25.

To book, call the Arts Centre Melbourne box office number on 1300 182 183. Ticket orders can be paid over the phone or an invoice can be requested. 

Supported by: The Robert Salzer Foundation & Circle5 Foundation

A Christmas Carol

Graeme Koehne

The spirit of the festive season will shine brightly in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas’ Past, Present, and Yet to Come, as well as Tiny Tim and the Cratchit Family, are transported from 19th century London to contemporary Melbourne in a sparkling reimagination of this timeless tale.

Composer Graeme Koehne (Love Burns) and writer Anna Goldsworthy (The Magic Pudding – The Opera) realise Dickens’ story about the importance of love, compassion and generosity as a new Australian opera for us all. 

Discover the cast and creative team here.

1 hr 40, plus one interval

Sung in English 

  • Suitability: Years 7 to 12
  • Curriculum Areas: Music, Drama and Visual Arts; English
  • General Capabilities: Creative and Critical Thinking, Intercultural, and Personal and Social
  • Education Resource: Available Friday 4 November 2022

Venue: Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Dates: Term 4, 14 – 17 December 2022

Cost: $25 per student with a complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher ticket is $25. 

To book, email Ticketmaster Group Bookings at groups@ticketmaster.com.au or fill out the online booking form here.

In Association With: Orchestra Victoria

Supported by: The Robert Salzer Foundation