The Art of Opera Podcast

'The Art of Opera’ is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the art form and the world of Victorian Opera. Join conductors, directors, designers and opera singers as they share stories about bringing a performance to the stage.

Episode 15 - Making an Opera

The process of creating a new opera begins years before a work has its premiere. Sometimes it’s a miracle that it even makes it to the stage. From the initial idea to opening night, discover the steps in making an opera.

Episode 14 - Season 2018

From roaring adventure to seductive siren songs, family classics to never-ending fun, Victorian Opera has launched its Season 2018 Encounters. Artistic Director Richard Mills discusses programming the season ahead.

Episode 13 - Sly as Fox

One of Australia’s best loved sopranos, Antoinette Halloran, talks longevity, maintaining a career in the arts and reflects on her long association with Victorian Opera.

Episode 12 - Grand Designs

Set designer Richard Roberts is prolific and has designed 160 productions across his 40 year career. He looks back on his favourites, designing his house and creating the set for Cunning Little Vixen.

Episode 11 - Speaking Fluent Maunder

Ahead of his next Victorian Opera production Cunning Little Vixen, legendary Australian director Stuart Maunder reflects on a career in theatre.

Episode 10 - Music and Mindfulness with Greta Bradman

From singing to psychology, Aussie soprano Greta Bradman reflects on a fascinating life on and off the stage.

Episode 9 - From Ocean to Opera with Carlos Bárcenas

Colombian tenor Carlos Bárcenas began his opera journey a little differently. From marine biology to the big stage, Carlos reflects on his love of singing ahead of La Sonnambula.

Episode 8 - A World of Fantasy with Nancy Black

Enter a world of fantasy with director Nancy Black as she discusses Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Opera’s new production features 27 life-sized puppets operated by a brilliantly talented cast of singers and puppeteers.

Episode 7 - Running Away with the Circus with Libby Hill

Opera and circus collide in Victorian Opera’s latest production Laughter and Tears. Executive Producer Libby Hill discusses the joys and challenges of this fusion of art forms and what she learnt from this collaboration with Circus Oz.

Episode 6 - Shining the Light on The Pied Piper with Joseph Mercurio

Lighting designer Joseph Mercurio returns to Victorian Opera to light kooky new community opera The Pied Piper. He chats about approaching a production, why to arrive early and his passion for theatre.

Episode 5 - Ball Gowns and Glass Slippers with Candice MacAllister

Emerging set and costume designer Candice MacCallister is living in Fairyland as she creates Victorian Opera’s enchanting family production of Cinderella. She discusses glass slippers, mirror balls and magic on stage.

Episode 4 - For the Love of Lucia with Jessica Pratt

After performances in over 20 productions across the world, opera superstar Jessica Pratt brought her career-defining role home for her first Australian production of Lucia di Lammermoor. The coloratura soprano reflects on the role, life in Europe and going mad on stage.

Episode 3 - Blood and Madness with Cameron Menzies

Cameron Menzies returns to Victorian Opera to direct Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. In the production, he directs Jessica Pratt - the world's leading Lucia. Hear him discuss the opera, his connection to it and working with Pratt. 

Episode 2 - Food for Thought with Dimity Shepherd

A familiar face, and voice, to Victorian Opera’s audiences, Dimity Shepherd returns for Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky’s new musical Banquet of Secrets. She talks about food, music and starring alongside her close friends in the production.

Episode 1 - Baroque Soup with Phoebe Briggs

In the first episode of 'The Art of Opera', head behind the scenes with Victorian Opera's Head of Music  and conductor Phoebe Briggs as she chats about new Baroque pasticcio opera Voyage to the Moon