Youth Programs

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

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VOYCE 2019. Photo: Beata Bowes for Victorian Opera

VOYCE

Run by music educator Angus Grant, Victorian Opera’s Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) provides regular training for secondary school and tertiary students between the ages of 13–20, focusing on dramatic works and singing, with heavy emphasis applied to the delivery of text and expression of dramatic intent and movement.

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. Participants also have the chance to perform in Victorian Opera’s Youth Opera and mainstage productions.

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.

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. 

Youth Opera  

Victorian Opera's very first performance in 2006 was a Youth Opera. Since then, it has performed one Youth Opera a year. 

Our 2020 Youth Opera is Schubert's The Friends of Salamanca, a light-hearted singspiel about the amorous adventures of students united by friendship. Our Youth Opera production will mark the Australian premiere of this Schubert rarity.

Young singers aged 15-25 are invited to audition for either a solo or chorus role. Auditions will be held from Thursday 12 March to Saturday 14 March at Victorian Opera, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne.

Audition registrations will open at 10am on Monday 3 February and close at 5pm on Friday 21 February.

The rehearsal period for The Friends of Salamanca will run from Monday 31 August to Thursday 24 September. Further information about rehearsal times will become available closer to the audition registration period.

Performances will take place on Friday 25 September and Saturday 26 September.

Please note, as this work will be performed in its original German, auditionees must prepare one work in German for their auditions. 

If you have any questions about the registration and audition process, please contact Victorian Opera’s Education Manager, Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or ioannas@victorianopera.com.au.

Youth Orchestra

Victorian Opera debuts its very own Youth Orchestra with its 2020 Youth Opera, The Friends of Salamanca.

Young musicians are invited to audition early next year. Auditions will be held at Victorian Opera, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne. Audition dates to be confirmed.

The rehearsal period for The Friends of Salamanca will run from Monday 31 August to Thursday 24 September. Further information about rehearsal times will become available late January 2020.

Performances will take place on Friday 25 September and Saturday 26 September.

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