Youth Programs

Victorian Opera’s Youth Programs reimagine the potential of opera and music theatre for young, aspiring singers.

VOYCE 2019. Photo: Beata Bowes for Victorian Opera


Run by music educator Angus Grant, Victorian Opera’s Youth Chorus Ensemble (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. 

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 2020 Youth Opera is Schubert's The Friends of Salamanca, a light-hearted singspiel about the amorous adventures of students united by friendship. Our Youth Opera production will mark the Australian premiere of this Schubert rarity.

Young singers aged 15-25 are invited to audition for either a principal or chorus role. Auditions will be held on Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 March at Victorian Opera, Horti Hall, 31 Victoria Street, Melbourne.

Please prepare two contrasting arias. As this opera will be performed in its original German, one audition piece must be in German.

Registrations are now closed. You will be notified of your audition time by Thursday 5 March 2020.


Rehearsals will run from Monday 31 August to Saturday 19 September.

Rehearsals for principal roles will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5.00pm – 7.30pm and all-day Saturday, 10.30am - 5.30pm, throughout the rehearsal period.

Rehearsals for the chorus will take place on Tuesday evenings from 5.00pm - 7.30pm and all-day Saturday, 10.30am - 5.30pm, throughout the rehearsal period.

Production week

Production week will run from Monday 21 September to Saturday 26 September. Please make note of the dates and times you will be required based on the part you wish to audition for and ensure you will be available.

  • Monday 21 September – Soloists 5.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 September – Soloists and chorus 5.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 September – Soloists and chorus 5.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24 September – General rehearsal – Soloists and chorus 5.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Friday 25 September – Performance 1 – 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Saturday 26 September – Performance 2 – 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 26 September – Performance 3 – 6.30pm - 9.30pm

If you have any questions about the registration and audition process, please contact Victorian Opera’s Education Manager, Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or

Youth Orchestra

Victorian Opera invites young aspiring instrumentalists aged 15-25 to audition for its Youth Orchestra Program.

Successful applicants will form the orchestra for Victorian Opera’s 2020 Youth Production, The Friends of Salamanca, conducted by Fabian Russell. Throughout the rehearsal process, members of the youth orchestra will have the chance to be mentored by and work with professional musicians.

Applicants will need to be available for the entirety of the rehearsal and performance period, from Sunday 13 to Saturday 26 September 2020. 

Audition registrations will be open from 9am Monday 11 May and close 5pm Friday 19 June 2020.

To register for an audition, complete the online registration form (available on this page from 11 May) and send in a video recording of two contrasting solo instrumental works. Please note, no live auditions are being held, only submitted video recordings will be considered.

For any further information about Victorian Operas Youth Programs, please contact Education Manager Ioanna Salmanidis on (03) 9012 6659 or