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 Saturday December 14. Venue" Melbourne Recital Centre. Elizabeth Murdoch Hall
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, Friday 18 & Saturday 19. 2019. Venue: Gasworks Theate Albert Park
2019 Special Events
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.
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.
The image of Salome kissing the head of John the Baptist (Jochanaan)at once repulses and fascinates, permeating popular culture from classical painting to theatre. Based on Oscar Wilde's notoriuos play, Strauss' scandalous opera combines a biblical tale with sexual awakening, eroticism and murder, exploring the nature of desire and outer limits of human behaviour.
Irrestible Salome, the teenage daugher of King Herod, overcome by her desire for the prophet Jochanaan. After his rejection, she takes her revenge by demandinf his head.
Season: February 22, 25, 27, 2020 at 7.30pm. VenueL Palais Theatre St. Kilda.
The Who's Tommy
Legendary British band The Who extended the possibilities if rock n' roll to new horizons in the 1960s and 70s. From their iconic 1969 rock opera album tommy comes a five-time Tony Award winning musical - a high - energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Tommy's traumatic childhood leaves his senses paralysed, but despite being deaf, dumb and blind, the teenager plays a mean pinball game. His extraordinary talent catapults him to international superstardom in this inspiring story of hope, healing and triumph ove aversity.
Season: August 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21. 2020 at 7.30pm Venue: Palais Theatre St Kilda.
Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Admired by Mahler and Puccini, Korngold was only 23 when he composed this mysterioua and hallucinatory study of grief, memory and obsession. Based on a novella by Belgian Symbolist poet Georges Rodenbach, Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) was one of the biggest hits of the 1920s but has rarely been staged since.
Unable to deak with the death of his wife, Paul retreats from the world to live in his memories. When he meets a dancer who bears an uncanny resemblence to his wife, his emotiohnal state rapidly unravels leading to hallucinations.
Season: August 21 at 7.30pm Venue: Hamer Hall.
Starkly realised omages, the extremes of human experience, the deceptive and ever-changing nature of reality form the narrative substance of Gustave Flaubert's Three Tales.
This new Australian opera assembles three talented comnposers to bring their unique styles to adaptation by Australian playwright David Keene.
A Simple Heart, the story of devoted servant Felicité. is realised by jazz saxophonist Zac Hurren and performed by much-loved singer-songwriter Katie Noonan.
Dermot Tutty explores the world of The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller; following a man's transformation from the fierce conqueror and hunter to compassionate hermit.
The storyu of Salome and John the Baptist is revisited in Herodias, composed by Stefan Cassomenos.
Season: June 26, 2020 atr 7.30pm, JUne 27. 2020 at 1pm & 7.pm
Die Freunde Von Salamanka (The Friends of Salamanca)
Known for his humanitym, Schubert loved gathering his friends for musical parties to share his latest songs. Never performed in his lifetime, this Schubert rarity is a unique opportuity to see the master songwriter bring his geniua to opera wioth a light-hearted singspiel about the amorous adventures of student united by friendsip.
Alonso, Diego and Fidellio live a carefree existance in the Spanish university town of Salamanca, surrounded by hills and vineyards. alonso needs a little help from his friends to rescue his love Olivia from the idiotic Count Formes, so they devise a cheeky prank to ensure she falls for Alonso. Love is in the air when the two groups f friends meet.
Season: September 25 at 7.30pm & 27. at 3pm & 7.30pm. 2020 Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse.
Charles Perrault's treaured fairy tale has enchated children for generations. With its magical transformation of poor servant girl, Cendrillon (Cinderella) to the belle of the ball with dazzling glass slippers, this beloved story is full of love, hope, and fantasy.
Season: Satruday June 13. 2020 at 11am, 2pm, 5pm. Venue: Arts Cente Melbourne Playhouse.
Margaret Fulton: The Musical
As Austral.ia's first culinary queen, Margaret Fulton long reigned supreme in the country's kitchens, she taught a growing nation how to cook. From uiches and scones to nasi goring and crème brùlée, her recipes revolutionised Australia's palate from 'meat and three veg' to the flavours of the world.
Based on the best selling autobiography I Sing for My Supper: Memories of a Food Writer, Margaret Fulton the Musical brings her inspiring story to the stage.
Season: September Tuesday 15, 2020 at 6.30pm Wednsesday September 16. 2020 at 1pm, Thursday & Friday September 17 & 18, 2020 at 7.30pm & Saturday Septembeeer 19, @020 at 1pm & 7.30pm. Veue: Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse
Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird
In the 1950s when musical exotica was all the rage, Yma Sumac was a sensation - an Incan princess who astounded American audiences with her five octave range and larger-than-life personality. She was a best-selling artist for Capital Records, toured the world and appeared in a movie with Charlton Heston. Her songs have been sampled in lounge music, hip hop and movie soundtracks.
This one-woman show is a passion for Helpmann Award-winning cabaret performer and soprano Ali McGregor, whose admiration for Sumac has led her acquiring a collection of the singer's jewellery and clothes in which she performs.
From the bird-like trills of Chunco to a mambo version of the Queen of the Night, McGregor brings her astounding voice to Sumac's music. B etween vocal pyrotechnics she tells the Sumac's story and her own journey discovering this fascinating artist.
Season: Thursday June 18 - Friday June 19. 2020 art 7.30pm & Saturday June 20, 2020 at 1pm & 7.30pm.
2020 Special Events
Greta Bradman Talks
What's Old What's New, thoughts on Fashion and Relevence in Music
Season: Thursday March 5. 2020 at 6.3-pm
Thursday March 19, 2020 at 6.30pm Veneu: Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio
Baby Bilby Sings
Victorian Opera opens its doorsto toddlers and their families for a musical adventure and rhe foirst chance to experience opera. sing, listen, play and start a lifetime love of music.
Season: Friday March 13. 2020. at11am. Venue: Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio
Trivia Night: The Biggest Opera Buff(A)
Who composedPellos and Melisance? What year did Peter Grime;s preniere? What was Richard Wagner's last opera?
Victorian Opera has combined their love of opera for a special one-off Victorian Opera Trivia Night.
Seaspnm: Friday March 27. 2020 at 7pm. Venue: Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio.
Five Days in May
Cabaret Evening: Music at close range, confessional,. personal. songs that if they wwere cut - would bleed.
Friday May1,Friday May15, Friday May 29. 2020 at 7pm
Big Sing. Join the chorus and celebrate your love of singing. No experience necessary and all welcome.
May 8, Friday May 22, Friday May 27, 2020 at 7pm. Venue: Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio
Victorian Opera's Youth Chorus Ensenmble (VOYCE) showcase their extraordinary talent in their annual concert.
Season: Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 7.30pm. Venue: Playhouse Arts Centre Melbourne
Glimpses from Ransom
Join Victorian Opera for a fascinating colloquirum about the legacy ofr Homer in opera. Featuring guest speakers PeterTregear and Kerry Murphy, hear excerots from Barry Conygham's new opera Ransom based on avid Malouf's retelling of the Iliad.
Saurday October 3. 2020 at 3pm. Venue: Hortu Hall Hemstritch Studio.
Yarra Valley Opera Festival
Yarra Valley Opera Festival
The Yarra Valley Opera Festival puts you. The audience, at its heart: it exists to move you with thrilling stories, superb music and astounding voices.
Hels in an intimate 250 seat pop-up theatre with tiered seating, let the story, music and singing reverberate acoustically around you, with brilliant sets, lighting and costumes your visual feast.
The Enchanted Pig
A delightful fairy-tale English opera with hilarious twists and turns.
October 18 – 25 at 7pm
October 10 -27 at 2pm. Venue; Olinda Yarra 17 MacIntyre Lane Yering.
Classic Italian opera through a new lens. Sung in English and re-scored for electric guitar, amplified orchestra, this well-loved Shakespearean epic turned modern-day fable of a murderous leader.
October 19 at 7pm.
October 26 at 2pm. Venue: 17 MacIntyre Lane Yering
Co human beings learn from the past mistakes? In 2019, as in 1643, individual whims and values associated with status form a lethal combination. A brilliant contemporary take on a roman story.
October 19 at 2pm.
October 26 at 7pm.
Venue: 17 MacIntyre Lane Yering.
A Very Very Very Short History of Opera.
Fresh from a string if standing ovations on the Viking Orion Cruise Liner, this romp through 400+ years of opera – in chronological order with slightly cheeky introductions – gives an overview of the development of style, music and insight into conventions and misconceptions!
October 25 at 2pm. Venue: Memo Hall 235 Maroondah Hwy. Healesville.
Satellite Events & Pop-ups
Famous tunes fill the Garden – as part of Open Garden Scheme Victoria.
October 27 at 1pm. Venue; Wingspread 1380 Myers Creek Road Toolangi.