Youth Programs

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

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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.

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 of the industry. 

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

Audition registrations will open at 10.00am on Monday 25 April 2022 and close at 5.00pm Friday 13 May 2022.

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. 

Montsavlat Community Youth Project

After a successful inaugural season, Montsalvat and Victorian Opera come together once again in 2022 to present a semi-staged production as part of their Community Youth Project. 

Singers aged 15-25 are invited to audition for a solo or chorus role. Successful applicants will form the cast of this production and work closely with Victorian Opera’s music staff and artistic teams to perform in Montsalvat’s Barn Gallery. 

This program takes place in the Term 2 school holidays at Montsalvat. Rehearsals will run from Monday 27 June to Thursday 7 July with performances on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July. 

Auditions will take place on Monday 28 March and Wednesday 30 March from 4.00pm-7.00pm in the Barn Gallery at Montsalvat. 

Audition registrations will open at 10.00am on Monday 14 February and close at 5.00pm Friday 11 March 2022.

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