Youth Programs

Victorian Opera’s Youth Programs reimagine the potential of opera and music theatre for young, aspiring singers.

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Victorian Opera Children’s Chorus

Victorian Opera continues its commitment to the development of young singers in 2022 with its newly established Children’s Chorus. 

The program will bring together young singers aged 10-15 and guide them in the development of their singing and performance skills central to the art form of opera. 

Successful applicants will form the chorus of Victorian Opera’s Season 2022 productions, Il Mago di Oz and A Christmas Carol

Members of Victorian Opera’s Children’s Chorus will perform on stage alongside professional opera singers and orchestral musicians and will work with leading directors, designers and repetiteurs from the industry. 

Successful applicants will be required to attend a three-day intensive of music preparation rehearsals at Horti Hall. A rehearsal schedule is provided below which outlines the rehearsal and performance dates. Please ensure you’re available for the dates listed before you register for an audition.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 June 2022.

Auditionees are asked to prepare one aria or song and may also be asked to sing some scales during their audition. 

Audition registrations are now closed.

Winter Youth Chorus Series

Young singers aged 15-25 are invited to join Victorian Opera and Montsalvat for an intensive week of workshops and performances. 

Participants will work closely with Victorian Opera’s artistic team and study repertoire from the opera and musical theatre canon that challenges, charms and delights, before performing them in concert to family and friends.

This program takes place in the Term 2 school holidays at Montsalvat. 

VOYCE Youth Opera Program

Victorian Opera’s Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) celebrates its eighth year in 2022.

A weekly training ground for gifted young singers aged 13-20, VOYCE focuses on dramatic works and singing, with heavy emphasis applied to the delivery of text and expression of dramatic intent and movement.

Directed by opera singer, composer and music educator Angus Grant, VOYCE brings together like-minded and equally passionate young people to take part in a program that rehearses a range of operatic repertoire and develops skills essential to opera chorus roles.

Throughout the school year, participants have access to professional singers, repetiteurs and directors from the performing arts industry, receiving educational and performance-based expertise and opportunities of state-company calibre.

In 2022, VOYCE participants will also form the cast of Victorian Opera’s Youth Opera production.

VOYCE rehearses every Tuesday night during school terms from 5.45pm – 7.45pm. Rehearsals are held in the Hemstritch Studio, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000.

We are no longer taking applications for VOYCE 2022. 

Youth Ambassador Program

Victorian Opera’s newly established Youth Ambassador Program offers 5 secondary school students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to represent Victorian Opera in their school and social communities and to support the company in its engagement with young audiences.

The company is looking for Ambassadors with an interest in opera, musical theatre, drama, design and stage management, who are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts industry.

As part of the program, Ambassadors receive free tickets and backstage passes to Victorian Opera’s Season 2022 rehearsals and performances, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the company’s valued patrons at pre-show events.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. 

For any further information about Victorian Opera's Youth Programs, please contact Education Manager Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or via email.