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

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. (Face-to-face rehearsals currently suspended due to COVID-19.)

The annual fee for VOYCE 2021 will be $640. VOYCE participants have access to a discounted ticket to one of Victorian Opera’s 2021 mainstage productions (excluded from the listed amount). More information will become available in the new year.  

Registrations to audition for VOYCE 2021 are closed.

Youth Opera  

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

Our 2021 Youth Opera is Franz Schubert’s The Friends of Salamanca.

We invite young people between the ages of 15-25 to audition for a principal or chorus role. Participants must be able to commit to the full rehearsal schedule in order to take part. Download the full schedule below.

To audition, please submit two video recordings, a CV and headshot with your audition registration. Registrations will open at 10.00am on Monday 15 March 2021 and close at 5.00pm on Monday 5 April 2021. Please note, no live auditions are being held this year, only submitted video recordings will be considered.

Auditionees will be required to prepare two contrasting works, with at least one piece sung in German.

Youth Orchestra Program

Victorian Opera invites young aspiring instrumentalists aged 15-25 to audition for its Youth Orchestra Program.

Successful applicants will form the orchestra for Victorian Opera’s 2021 Youth Production, The Friends of Salamanca, conducted by Fabian Russell. Throughout the rehearsal process, members of the youth orchestra will have the chance to be mentored by and work with professional musicians.

Applicants will need to be available for the entirety of the rehearsal and performance period, from Sunday 19 September to Saturday 2 October 2021. Download the full schedule below.

To register for an audition, complete the online registration form and submit a video recording of two contrasting solo instrumental works. Please note, no live auditions are being held, only video recordings will be considered.

Registrations will open 10am Monday 10 May and close 5pm Friday 11 June 2021. 

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