Special Events

Throughout the year Victorian Opera presents unique concerts, recitals, workshops and talks.



Victorian Opera
Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio
31 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000

7:00pm each Friday in August
Ticket price: $29 per performance

2 August – VOYCE Winter Concert
Victorian Opera’s Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) showcase their extraordinary talents in a winter concert to warm your heart. Hear the stars of tomorrow sing highlights from their training with Victorian Opera across 2019, under the musical direction Angus Grant.

9 August – Come to the Cabaret
Cameron Menzies unites some glimpses of cabaret: from the sleazy to the sublime, from Berlin and Paris, to London and New York. Enjoy an intimate evening of titillating revelation.

16 August - Songmakers Australia
Soprano Merlyn Quaife AM and tenor Brenton Spiteri, together with pianist and Artistic Director Andrea Katz, explore the songs of opera composers Rossini, Dvorak, Puccini and Donizetti, together with less known repertoire by de Falla, Weill and Duparc, culminating with some Operetta gems by Lehar and Kalman. 

23 August – Michael Lampard and Rhodri Clark Duo
This established recital team bring you some treasures from the literature of song by Australian composers.

30 August – Nellie in Her Own Write 
Hear the opinions and anecdotes of our own Nellie Melba, as well as some of her favourite repertoire. Melba Scholars, Sharolyn Kimmorley and Stephen McIntyre entertain with the life and music of our first Australian superstar.

Book all 5 Fridays in August sessions and pay only $25 per performance. 
All five performance must be booked in one transaction as package (via Package button below). Numbers are limited.



Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September

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 in 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.

Watch excerpts of Three Tales during the first stage of development from our 2017 livestream.



Friday 13 December 2019

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 honoured with a musical party of a lifetime.