Based in Melbourne, Victorian Opera is a national leader in presenting unforgettable opera experiences. As the state opera company of Victoria, we are committed to making creative and accessible opera for everyone, and evolving the art form in adventurous ways.
From opera diehards to first-timers, over 30,000 people experience our work annually through live performances and streamed events throughout Victoria. We premiere at least one new Australian work each year and have staged 22 new works since the company formed in 2005.
While we do not have our own opera house, we do perform in Victoria's best theatres and concert halls, choosing our venue to suit the scale of each production and to give our audiences the best possible experience. Some of our wonderfully characteristic venues include Arts Centre Melbourne, Palais Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre and The Coopers Malthouse.
We employ hundreds of people across the creative industries, recruit some of the ﬁnest singers from Australia and around the world, and collaborate with Australia’s leading companies, venues and learning institutions. The next generation of talent is developed from the ground up through the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and our innovative Access All Areas: Livestream Program. As part of our commitment to developing the art form, we also stage opera annually in Tasmania.
Recognised for our unique voice and contribution to the country’s operatic landscape, Victorian Opera became an Australian Major Performing Arts company in 2019.