Heroic Bel Canto
The glorioua heritage of bek canto: its power of expression, its poetic sensiblilty and the exhilaration of its virtuosity have timeless appeal.
Experience an evening of vocal prowess with famous mad scenes, great duets, ensembles and thrilling musicv for the chorus. Hear the most popular characters fromn the bel canto repertoire: gallant heroes, stzr-crossed lovers and beguiling villains both nasty and timerous.
SeasonL Synday July 14. Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Cntre Melbourne.
The Barber of Seville
Prepare fpr an evening of huge laughs with Rossini's most popular opera, which offers a delightful romp full of farcical frivility.
Festuring some of opera's most recognisable music, this madcap masterpiece is a paean to impertinence that will make you beam with joy and grin with delight.
Count Almaviva is hopelessly in love with the beautiful young Risina but first he must prise her from the clutches of her guardian, the lecherous Doctor Bartolo. Lucky for them, the flamboyant and and cunning town barber Figaro has a few tricks up his sleeve/
Season: Thursday November 21, 2019 Venue: Princess Theatre Launceston.
Thursday Decenber 12 and Daturday December 14. Venue" Melbourne Recital Centre. Elizabeth Murdoch Hall
Alice Through the Opera Glass.
Peer into the magic-looking glass and come on a fabulous journey with Alice and the White Rabbit. Leave Wonderland behind and step into an alternative world for curious minfs that will fascinate young and old alike.
An imagination as abundant as our heroine's s a prerequisite for this adventure that leaps across boundaries of opera time and space. Followe thwe White Rabbit thrpough orridors of time to meet famopus characters frrom your favourite operas in this wonderfully creative patiche which includes music from Bizet, Delibes and Pussini.
Season: Friday JUne 14 & Saturday June 15. 2019. VenueL Playhouse Arts Centre Melbourne
The Selfish Giant
Best knaown for his witty comedy of manners and novella The Picture of Dorian Gray, the multi-faced Oscar Wilde also delved into the enchanting verse of fairy tales, producing splendid creative gems such as The Gentle Giant."
This season's Youth Opera s about the necessity of opening to the unknown in order to enrich our lives. A grumpy giant excludes children from his garden cauising it to fall into perpetual winter.
Only once he findfs the love and generosity to welcome back children, does his gardenflourish with life and restre his happiness.
Season: Thursday October 17, riday 18 & Saturday 19. 2019. Venue: Gasworks Theate Albert Park
2019 Special Events
August Friday, 9, 16, 23, 30. 2019
August 9 - Come to the Cabaret.
unites some glimpses of cabaret from the sleazy to the sublimem from Berlin and Parism to London and New York.
Enjoy an intimate evening of titillating revelation.
August 16, - Soulmakers Australia
Led by the revered Andrea Jatz, Songmakers Australia present a program off songs by operatic composers. Hear the other side of Bellinin and Doniaetti, flavoured by Tosti and friends.
August 23 - Michaels Lampard and Rhodri Clark Duo
This established recital team brings you some trerasures from the literature of song by Australian composers.
August 30 - Nellie in her own voice.
Hear the opions and anecdotes of our own Nellie Melba, as well as some of her favourite repertoire.
Melba Scholars, Sharolyn Kimberley and Stephen McIntyre entertain with the life and music of our first Australian superstar5.
September Friday 20, Saturday 21. 2019 -Three Tales -Music Workshop
Following an exclusive livestreamed preview in 2017, Victorian Opera invites you to witness the next stage of development of its upcoming commission Three Tales - a trio of new operas based on legendary French author Flaubert's Trois Contes. Hear the completed works in their rawest form for an intimate concert ahead of a fully staged production in 2020.
Adapted by celebrated playwright Daniel Keene, each tale has been realised by three Australian composers; Stefan Cassomenos, Dermot Tutty and Zac Hurren.
December Friday 13. 2019 - Richard Mills at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
In recognition of major milestones, and significent birthdays, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Recital Centre and Orchestra Victoria are celebrating the music of Richard Mills in a one-off concert.
His seminal influence on the Australian musical landscape over the past four decades is homoured with a musical party of a lifetime.
5 Fridays in August - Victorian Opera - Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio 31 Victoria St. Melbourne Time 7pm.
A Russian Winter Fairy Tale
Fairytales have long been a source of inspiration for art, song and opera by Russian composers, however the tales in the Russian telling often differ wuite dramatically from our more PG-rated Western telling
We will expore these tales through a selection of rare musical gems by prominent russian compsers Rimsky-Korsekov, Rachmaninov,
Shostakovich, Gazunov ad Tchaikovsky.
Featuring Louise Keast, Asher Riechmann, Tamzyn Alexader, Naomi Summers, Natalie Reid, JKessica Heard and Elizabeth Eliopoulos. They will be accompanied on piano byIrina Cherasski, and the concert compered by L:iane Keegan
Season: August 8. 2019
Unique in the musical landscape, Songmakers Australia brings together some of the country's leading singers and instrumentalists in inspired programs that feature a dynamic interl=play of song and cha,ber music.
Season: August 16. 2019.
Michael Lempard and Rhosri Clarke Duo
Acclaiimed recital duo, Michale Lampard (baritone) and Rhodri Clarke (pianist) highlight the work of four living Australian composers in this unique recital. The program includes songs by Christopher Wilcock, John Haddock. and excerpts from Richard Mills' Songlines of the Heart;s Desire. Featured on the prgram is Matthew Dewey's remarkable one-man 'concert opera'; The Buzz of the Sea. With a libretto by Aleaxncer dick, this single dramatic scene takes the audience on a journey of one man's self discovery with some confronting realisations. From complexity to elegant simplicity, this program celerates the breadth of colour and style which makes Australian art song unique in the world.
Season: August 23. 2019
Nellie in her Own Write
is a charmingly realised portrait in word and song of one of Australia's greatest daughters: Dame Nellie Melba. Using excerpts from Melba's memoir, Melodies and Memories, eminent pianist Stepehen McIntyre has crafted an homage to the life and imes of the legendary soprano.
Melba's artistry is evoked theough performances of opera and song with ehich she wos associated by singers from Melba Opera Trust (soprano Cleo Lee-McGowan, baritone samuel Piper, and tenor Damian Arnold) and pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley.
Season: August 30. 2019.
Three Tales - Music Workshop
Following an exclusive livestreamed preview on 2017, Victorian Opera invited you to wotness the next step of development of ots upcoming commission Thee Tales - a trio of new operas based on the legendary French author Flaubert's Tres Contes.
Hear the completed works in their rawest form in an intimate concert ahead of a fully steged production in 2020.
Victoria Opera's first co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, an adfaptation of Neil Gaiman's much-loved novella Coraline, has opened to raft of four-star reviews and a sold-out season at London's Barbican Centre. The new opera will be staged in Melbourne as part of Victorian Opera's Season 2019.
Highlighting Victorian Opera's expanding horizons and ongoing commitment to making new opera, Coraline marks the company's frist co-production in Europe; between Royal Opera House Convent Garden, (UK) Fokoperan (Sweden), Opera de Lille (France) and Theater Freiberg (Germany).