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Opeara State Theatre
Bookings: 1300 136 166

2018 Season

Opera Australia will be rolling it out big and bold in Melbourne in 2018 with some of the world's biggest voices taking on dome of the greatest roles in opera.
Preparing the Company's 2018 Melbourne Season at the Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednseday August 23, Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said he's looking forward to an exciting program with some extraordinary artists and fabulous productions.
"We have some of hte finest conductors, singers and directors, it will be an outstanding season, especially our Australian premiere of Kasper Holten's staging of Die Meistersinger von Nünberg.
"Melburnians have shown they have a passion for the big iconic German operas in the past so were sure they will wmbrace this one, It's Wagner at his biggest and best," said Terracini.
The 2018 season will be a showcase of what a world renowned opera company such as Opera Australia is capoable - a company that is widely respected on the world stage, and attracks the finest international artists, many of whome return to perform time afte time.
Stefan Vinke, hailed as the world's greatest Siegrfried, returns after his Ring Cycle triumph in 2016 to perform Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nünberg along with other Ring Cycle alumni James Johnson and Pietsri Inkinen.
In addition the remarkable local talent who wowed audiences with their outstanding performances in The Ring will be back to exercise their Wagner vocals inclufing Warwick Fyfe, Cominica Matthews, Daniel Sumegi, Graeme Macfarlane and Luke Gabbedy.
OA will also be hosting, arguably the world's finest bass, Frerruccio Furlanetto who brings his celebrated interpretation of Don Quichotte to Melbourne for the first time, And OA is thrilled to have stunning American soprano Corinne Winters who is making her Australian debut and is guaranteed ti make a big impact.
"I'm also particularly excited about the powerhouse performers inTosca, Latonia Moore, Diego Torre and Marco Vratogna, they are going to bring the hous3e down," said Terracini.
Plus there are OA's resident super-stars in the making, who are stepping up and spreading their vocal wings into morr challenging leading roles such as Natalie Aroyan, Sian Pendry and Michael honeyman who enthralled audiences with their performances in 2017/


Autumn 2018

La Traviata

Violetta wears velvet and lace and drinks the very best chapagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company desired. She's free and free-sprited, living outside society's bounds, and for this courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?
Season: April 17, 21, 23, 30, May 2, 4, 8, 11. 2018 Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.


Three ominous chords ring out if the orchestra pit and the mood is set. On stage, the soaring marble columns are brilliant ith ight, but somewhere out of sight, a shadow looms>
A runaway prisoner bursts into the chapel, and the opera takes off: a grippinjg tale of love, lust and betrayal unfolding at breakneck speed.
Tosca has everything; a real and worldly love, an extraordinary heroine and the greatest villain in all of opera.
Season: April 24. 26. 28. May 1, 10. 2018 Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne

Don Quichotte

Ferruccio Furlanetto

From a time when men were brave and bold comes the dreamer Don Quichotte. He chases bandits. tilts at windmills. Serenades pretty girls.
He's a hero like the knights of old, pursuing dreams the world forgot.
It takes a special performer to make you fall in love with this eccentric character. Ferruccio Furlanetto's Don Quichote is famous.
He takes the dreams and delusions of the famous knight-errant and paints an earnest and endearing man out of time.
Furlaneeto's Don Quichotte id brimful of whimsey and bursting with bravery. His sonorous bass findes all the colours if Massenet's lush, romantic score.
Season: May 3, 5, 9. 2018 Matinee Saturday May 12 at 1pm.

Spring 2018

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner's beloved comedy takes a joyful look at the art of music itself: what is wrong, what is right, and who decides.
The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He's an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn't know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest cong ever made.
Enter Hans Sachs: master singer, cobbler, and the beating human heart of this opera. He offers the newcomer all his warmth and wisdom, knowing it will cost his own chance to win.
Hans Sachs is a prized tour de force for a baritone with a rich voice and absorbing stage presence. James Johnson keads a huge, exciting cast includning Stefan Vinke, Warick Fyfe and Natalie Aroyan.
After his triumphs with the Ring Cycle Pietari Inkinen returns to conduct the magnificnet score.
Season: November 13, 19, 22. 2018Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.

La Bohème

The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with comething you've never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. the growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can't last forever.
Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music - music that soars with the ecstacy if love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.
Season: November 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 30. 2018/ Venue; State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.


Gregor ia a broken man,. exhausted by eternak work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning, he wakes and is not a man at all.
Kafka's grotesque tragedy of a man turned insect is an engrossing story. Music adds an edgy intensity: Matamorphosis as opera is riveting, shattering , morbidly fascinating theatre.
Season: October 25. 26/ Matinee at 2pm October 27. Venue: The Coopers Malthose 113 Sturt St. Southbank.




Chamber Made Opera




Cordella's Potted Opera

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria
Bookings: 03 8470 8280

Gold and Silver Operatta.

Experience some of hte most beautiful music from the world of operetta at G&S's sparkling new show this season.
Featuring a company of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular singers, you will be enchanted by the elkegant English garden surrounds of "The Knowe", the company's boutique conceert location.
With favourites from a variety of continental operettas, Die Fleidermous, the Whitehorse Inn, A Waltz Dream and Lord of Samiles, this recital will showcase rare gems from a splendid era of classically sung music.
Audiences will also get a sneak peak from one of GSOV's exciting new Main Stage productions from 2018, with songs included from Victor Herbert's Eileen.
Devied by Torquil Syme with musical accompanient by internationally renowned pianist Geoff Urquhart, start your year with a song at GSOV's glittering Gold &Silver Operetta.
Season: February 24 & 25. 2018 at 2pm & March 3 & 4th 2018 at 2pm.
Venue: : "The Knowe" 4 Clarkmont Rd. Sassafras.
Limited seating four performances only.


Melbourne Opera
Bookings: Ticketmaster 9650 1500

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Opera Studio
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Savoy Opera
Bookings: 03 9278 4770





Victorian Opera

Bookings: 1300 723 038


2018 Season

The Magic Pudding

Celebrating its 199th Birthday

Take one true-blue Australian classic, add deliciously playful costumes with a measure if musical magic, mix in a generous helping ofr young talent and discover the perfect recipe for a delightful family opera.
Celebrating the centenary of Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera brings its much loved adaptation to the Melbourne stage, before hitting the road across regional Victoria, with a cast of brilliant emerging talent and locl community choruses.
Season: March 15, 16, 17. Venue: Playhouse Arts CVentre Melbourne.

Hansel and Gretel

Beware the witchy woods. The Evil One Lurks.

Nibble, Nibble, munch; a gingerbread house with plenty of crunch. Chocolates ande treats to tempt every desire, but will the cost of indulging truly be dire?
Staged with enchanting sets and costumes, victorian Opera's production brings this treasured story from the page to the atage in a beloved operatic rendition. this 55 minute production will be sung in its original German with English scene descriptors aand a live orchestra.
Season: June 9, 12. 2018
Venue: Playhouse artsd Centre Melbourne.

William Tell

The legendary tale of the sharp shooting hero on a quest for freedom makes for grand opera: a struggle for liberty against oppression and the courage that victory demands.
One hundred and eighty nine years after its Paris Opera debut, Rossini's final masterwork, famed for its iconic overture, receives its Australian premiere. Epic opera demands epic staging and dorectopr Rodula Gaitanou and designer Simon Corder tackle Tell with grit an grandeur.
Season July 14, 17, 19. 2018
Venue: Palais Theatre S. Kilda.

The Cappulets and The Montagues

Love and tragedy intertwine in Bellini's take on the original heartbreaker. Unmistakable melodies soar with rich lyricism and sublime beauty as inevitable devastation unfolds in stage.
The ultimate tale of doomed love marks the thrilling final to Victorian Opera's Bellini concert series. the rarely heard masterpiece draws two of Australia's finest singers home as Romeo and Juliet, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and superstar soprano Jessicca Pratt.
Season: Friday September 14. Venue Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne

Pelleas and Melisande

When gouland finds Melisande in the woods, alone and with a mystrious past, he claims her as his wife. After she meets his brother Pelleas, however, a secret love simmers between them while Golaud's suspicion deepens. A family slowly corrodes as heir tragic fates inevitbly take hold.
Season: October 11 & 13. 2018.
Venue: PaLais Theatre St. Kilda.


Ancient myth meets modern woman in an allegory of resilience and reclaiming one's destiny.
Loerelei is a take-no prisoners, smash-them-on-the-rocks wild woman; a romantic, compassionate, trusting woman; a sensible, rational woman. A present-day enchntress, her past is hearbreak and hr future promises haunting self-discovery.
Season: November 3, 7, 8, 9, 10. Venue: Merlyn Theatre The Coopers Malthouse.

Special Events

Heroes, Heroines and Villains - In association with Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival/

Enjoy an unforgettable evening with the most recognisable, loved and loathed characters from across opera's stages. A cast of Australia's most exciting operatic talent will perform operatic arias, duets and ensembles in Ballarat.
Season: Sunday January 14. Venue: Mary'd Mount Centre (Loreto College) Ballarat.

Opera in the Gardens: A Twilight Recital in the Cloudehill Theatre

Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine for an evening of oera in the beautiful Cloudehill Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges. Relax among the flowers and lisen to Victorian Opera artists perform some of the best-loved music from the world of opera.
Seaso: Saturday January 27. 2018. Venue: Cloudehill Gardens Olinda Victoria.

Victorian Opera at Dark Mofo 2018

After sold-out performances of The Sleeping Beauty in 2017, Victorian Opera will return to Dark Mofo in Tasmania with an exciting and bold production. Details to be advised.
Season: Friday June 15, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17. 2017 Venue: Dark Mofo Hobart.

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in Concert

In association with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Victorian Opera continues its thriving relationship with Tasmanian Symphny Orchastra with a one--night - performance if the world's greatest love story in an operatic retelling by French composer Charles Gounod.
Season: Saturdy October 20. 2018.
\Venue: Federation Concert Hall Hobart Tasmania.




Shoestring Opera|
Bookings: 61 3 9696 5116


Bookings : 61 2 9318 8200

La Bohème

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

ticket to Opera Australia's production of Puccini's La Bohème - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy someone qho has everything.
With its reputation as one of the world's great outdoor opera events, giving a loved one a ticket toLa Bohème guarantees an experience of a lifetime. The dramatic backdrop of Sydney Harbour and firweorks illuminating the night sky will serve as the romantic setting of this world-class productuin.
Set in a wintry 1960s Parisian landscape, the stage will feature beautiful cobblestoe laneways, glowing street lamps and classically bohemian costumes. The custom0built site will have an impressive range of Fench-themed dining and drinking options all with magnificent harbour views.
The stunning Platinum Club - a pop up dining room, bar and lounge set amongst the tree tops - offers fine dining before the show, high tea and drinks at interval. Dinner and show packages are available with variable components that include a three-course dinner, interval drinks, program and performance.
To complete a glamorous night out, guests can arrive at the site by Water Taxi. Pick up pointa are around Syndey Harbour, dropping guests off as Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, just metres from the entrance to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Seasaon: March 23 - april 22 2018. Fleet Steps Mrs Macquaries Point.



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Opera Australia
On Tour

Madame Butterfly


Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across culturesm across oceans, across timer.
Puccini's popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled qith gorgeous music, from the lovers' first enbrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria One Fine Day and the Humming Chorus along with Japanes and American music hemes.
A man enchanted by the beauty of the East.
A woman in love with the promise of the West.
Seperated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?

ACT tour dates

Canberra Theatre Centre September 6 - 8. 2018.

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Pinchgut Opera


The Queen of Opera in Hasse's Artaderse
Wtih Vivica Genaux, David Hansen, Emily Edmonds, Carlo Vistoli, Andrew Goodwin, Russell Harcourt.
Erin Halyard Conductor. Chas Rader-Shieber Director..
Orchestra of the Antipodes.
Season: Thursday November 19 at 7pm. Saturday December 1 at 2pm. Sunday December 2 at 5pm. Tuesday December 4 at 7pm. Wednesday December 5 at 7pm. 2018.


Bookings: Qtix 13 42 46



The Board of Opera Queensland has begun a national and international search for a successor to Lindy Hume, as Mrs Hume prepares to step down at the beginning of 2018 after nearly six years n the role.
Operra Q Chair Dr Sally Pitkin said the seaarch presented a rare opportunity fo the right person to make a unique contribution to the sulteral lifer of Queensland by bringing their artistic vision, leadership and a deep understanding of opera to the state's flagship opera company.
|"Queensland offers an artistic environment unlike anywhere else in the world, spanning an area five times the size of Victoria." Dr Pitkin said.
' OperaQ provides a variety of opera experiences and works with communities across this diverse state from Brisbane to Cape York, We are looking for candidates who will embrace this excioting chllenge.
The board is looking for someone who has the skills, experience, netwrks and passion to build on the transformative work done by Lindy Hume'. Dr Pitkin said.
"Over the last few yaers, OperaQ,. like every opera company worldwide has undegone a rigerous process of self-examination and reca;ibratedartistic artistic programs t ensure the art form's future.
"During Lindy's tenure, not only have we seen the company return to financial sustainability - OperaQ posted a surplus in 2015 and expects to do so again this year - but artistically it has flourished at home and overseas".
The new Artistic Director will build on new audience initiavetes that have seen thousands of people see an opera for thef first time, and the groundbreaking regional participation projects like Project Puccini and Project Rossini, for which we have become known across Australia.
"We are looking for a proven culteral leader who can continue the change and transformation agenda and who cnn demonstrate their vision for and comitment to main stage opera, regional, community ad educational enagement>" Dr Pitkin said.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm AEST Friday February 3 2017. More information is available at



2018 Season


The Paintings of Gerhard Richter to the musoic of Bachm, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Henze, Grabowsky

Directed by Oatrick Nolan, Reprise is OperaQ's response to GOMA's remarkable exhibition of imaes vy Gerhard Richter, one of the world's great visual artists. Taking our cue from Richter's ongoing oinvestigaqtion into the nature of the visual image we are looking at the history of song, with particular focus on the German tradition. Starting with Bach, with whom Richter has a special relationship, audiences will encounter some of the most sublime German songs ever written in works by Schubert, Rishard Strauss ans Henze.
In celevbrating the past, we also want to look to the future and for this event have commissioned Paul Grabowsky to write a set of songs in response to the exhibition. These will have their world premiere on the night of Reprise, and we invite audiences to be part if a unique moment in time as they share the experience of hearing new music, composed especially for the exhibition.
The efvening will combine the enjoyment of fine wines, delicious canapes, exceptional performances and entry into an exhibition by one of the world's most influential living painters.
Season: Febgruary 3. 2018 at 6.30pm Venue: Goma.

The Merry Widow

Two of the country's most [opular and charismatic performrs. David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso return to OperaQ's main stage this season as perfectly paired lovers Hanna and Count Danilo, in a lush and spectacular new production of Franz Lehár's ever popular The Merry Widow.
With money as its motivating force, The Merry Widow is a slick comedy of manners and mismatched marriages. Centred around the enduring yet prickly romance between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo, it waltzes along with couples falling in and out of love, and - after mny misunderstandings - a final happy ending.
Season: June 22 at 7.30pm, 23 at 1.30pm & 7.30pm, 27 at 6.30pm, 29 at 7.30pm, 30 at 2pm & 7.30pm.
Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC ,

Opera Romance

On June 28. 2018, audiences will be treated to Opera Romance, an evening celebrating two colourful careers in opera with soprano Antoinette Halloran and tenor Rosario La Spina. Halloran and La Spinatwo of Australia's finest operatic voices and longtime colleagues, will dhare backstage stories and perform their favourite opera arias and duets. Annette and Rosario will be joined by members of our Opera Stage Community Chorus for this one-evening performance.
Season: thursday June 28 at 6.30pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC

Don Giovanni

Look intop the eyes of one of opera's most tortured souls as Don Giovanni roams the stage.
British/Australian bass baritone and rising international star Duncan Rock, makes his Australian principal debut in the title role f this striking new production of one4 of Mozart;s best works. Some or Queensland's finest cinging actors will complete the cast in Don Giovani. They tell of the compelling tale of our iconic antihero's final days of pleasure as he roars toward his ultimae destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives od everyune he encounters.
Season: October 18, 20, 26, 27. Novenber 1 all at 7.30pm. October 23 30 at 6.30pn Nivember 3 at 1.3pm.
Venue: Playhousde Theatre QPAC.

Ruddigore - Regional Tour

Lindy Hume's critically acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigoer or The Witche's Curse hits the road in 2018, giving regional Queensland the opportunity to jump into the weird and wonderful wprld of Victoriana. This irreeverent romp theough marriage, madness and mayhem had Brisbane audiences and reviewers laughing out loud and its colourful bunch of comic characters is sure to resonate with audiences across the state.
Shy and law-abiding gentleman famrer Robin Oakapple is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him but he has a dark secret. He is the heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore - he must commit a dastardly deed every day or face a tortuous death!
Season & Venues: August 3 & 4th Gold Coast. August 8, Rockhampton. August 11, Mackay. August 15, Townsville. August 18, Cairns. August 23, Toowoomba.

PROJECT G&S. Your chance to star.
Project G & S is an OperaQ community initiative to give aspiring local artists the chance to live out thier stage dreams. Age is no barrier - all you have to do is rock up to the auditions when they come to your town and you could be part of the chorus for Ruddigore or The Witche's Curse.
If you have ambitions, a dream or just want to show off in front off family and friends this is your chance, so keep an eye on the website where the company will be announcing all the audtion dates across six regional communities. If selected, you'll wotk with OperaQ and local professionals, who will add the polish to your passion.
For more information, or to register go to

Hansel & Gretel - Primary Schools Touring Production

Loved by hundreds and thousands of people the world over, Hansel & Gretel is one o the most popular operas ever written. Now OperaQ and shake & stir theatre co present this Humpperdinck classic reimagined especially for primary students in the 21st century. Hansel and Gretel are on a journey into the forest. They're searching for food for the family table but what they discover is far more appealing ... do they dare taste the sweet façade of the gingerbread house? Hansel & Gretel will transport children and adults alike to a contemporary world of magic, fairies and sweets with its enchanting story of survival and family bonds.
Hansel & Gretel is specifically designed for primary school aged children (Prep -6) and covers themes of storytelling, bravery, friendship and trusdt.
Throughout the performance, and back in their classrooms, students are able to to use key critical thinking skills to analyse the themese relating to their own context and world.
For booking inquiries contact Open Stage at or phone 07 3735 3030.

Dido & Aeneas - Youth Workshop Program

OperaQ's commitment to the future of opera in Queensland means that they are reaching out to the next generation of performer and audience through the 2018 OperaQ Open Stage Youth Workshops. To make the experience even mor memorable and valuable for the company's young participants, this time the company will be teaming up with Queensland Theatre to present the Dido & Aeneas Youth sorkshop Program for young performers aged 13 - 17.
Based on the grand and tragic love between Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan warrior Aeneas, this thrilling new production will capture the imagination of our young cast, who will work with artists from both OperaQ and Queensland Theatre to re-imagine this epic romance.
To top off this exciting experience, the 12 week program eill culminate in a perfoprmance on the Playhouse stage, gainst the striking set of OperaQ's Con Giovanni.
If this opportunity strikes a little FOMO in your heart, then register your interest in the Dido & Aeneas Youth Workdhop Program, now at Aeneas
Workshop each Wednesday eveniong during school term from Jluy 18 to October 17 5.30pm - 8pm. OperaQ
Workshop Performance October 18 6.30pm Playhouse Theatre QPAC.

Open Stage Workshops

If you've ever wanted to sing with your state opera company, here's your chance. Now in their fourth year, OperaQ's popular Open Stage workshops return with even more for you in 2018! This is a unique opprtunity to experience the world of opera with OperaQ's team of experienced artists, musicians and directors in the room with you to lend their experience and tuition.
Evening workdhop May - June six week program - Tuesday evenings from May 22 to June 26 .30pm - 8.30pm
Intensive workshop June five day ZIntensive June 25 - June 29 10am - 4pm.
Public Presentation Both evnening and intendive workshop participants.
Opera Romance Thursday June 28 at 6.30pm Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC.
Evening Workshop Ocotber - November six week program. Tuesday evenings from October 2 to ZNovember 6 . 6.30pm - 8.30pm
ntensive Workshop November Five day intensive November 5 to November 9 10am - 4pm.
Public Presntation both evening and intensive workshop participants. Friday November 9. 2018 at 6.30pm


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