Youth

Sharing the joy of opera and music theatre with young people.

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VOYCE 2019. Photo: Beata Bowes for Victorian Opera

VOYCE - Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble

The Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) re-imagines the potential of opera for young, aspiring singers through regular training and a range of performance opportunities.

Run by music educator Angus Grant, VOYCE provides regular training for secondary school and tertiary students between the ages of 13–20, focusing on dramatic works and singing, with heavy emphasis applied to the delivery of text and expression of dramatic intent and movement.

Throughout the school year, participants have access to professional singers, repetiteurs and directors from the performing arts industry, receiving educational and performance-based expertise and opportunities of state-company calibre. Participants also have the chance to perform in Victorian Opera’s Youth Opera and mainstage productions.

VOYCE brings together like-minded and equally passionate young people to take part in a program that rehearses a range of operatic repertoire and develops skills essential to opera chorus roles.

VOYCE rehearses every Tuesday night during school terms from 5.45pm – 7.45pm. Rehearsals are held in the Hemstritch Studio, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000. 

Auditions for 2020 

Auditions to join VOYCE in 2020 will be held on Saturday 26 and Wednesday 30 October 2019.

Registrations to audition are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 4 October. You will be notified of your audition time by Friday 18 October.

Please prepare two contrasting works, with at least one work in English. A pianist will be available to accompany you on the day. In some cases, applicants are asked to sit a brief, basic aural test in their audition.

Before you register, please ensure you have read the VOYCE – Terms of Participation Form provided below.

If you have any questions about the ensemble or the audition process, please contact Victorian Opera’s Education Officer, Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or ioannas@victorianopera.com.au.

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VOYCE performs in The Magic Pudding - The Opera. Photo: Charlie Kinross for Victorian Opera

Annual Youth Opera  

Victorian Opera's very first performance in 2006 was a Youth Opera. Since then, it has performed one Youth Opera a year. 

Our 2019 Youth Opera is The Selfish Giant, a new work based on Oscar Wilde's fairy tale. This beautiful new opera comes from the brilliant creative minds of two former Victorian Opera Young Artists: composer Simon Bruckard and writer Emma Muir-Smith.

For any further information about our Education programs please email Ioanna Salmanidis at ioannas@victorianopera.com.au or call (03) 9012 6659.