about melbourne opera

Melbourne Opera prides itself on its commitment to producing high quality, accessible performances for the benefit of audiences and performers.

With an ensemble of dedicated performers and administrators, we aim to provide opera of the highest standard to audiences of all ages and backgrounds at affordable prices.

Our Vision

  • To be globally regarded as a leading opera company in providing quality opera and opportunities for aspiring young singers
  • To have a very strong and secure financial base so that we may
          -           provide scholarships for less advantaged youth, particularly indigenous youth
          -           take opera into schools and the community
          -           play to audiences around the world
          -           celebrate our achievements and the joy of song
          -           build the brand of Melbourne Opera to be a model of opera companies around the world
          -           make opera available to all sectors of our Community

About Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Opera Company Ltd was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit public arts company dedicated to producing opera and associated art forms at realistic prices.

Melbourne Opera is committed to the development of young artists, regional touring, and openness and transparency. The Board is elected annually by the financial membership, which is open to all. Repertoire and casting decisions are taken by an arms-length artistic subcommittee.

Melbourne Opera has toured the regions since its very first production in 2003. Including the regional and interstate touring program, Melbourne Opera is now second only to the national company as the most active opera company in the country. This has been achieved relying entirely upon philanthropic support

The management and board of Melbourne Opera believe that open competition between opera –companies is healthy, providing a new path to future excellence and choice for audiences. After all, Berlin, a city smaller than Melbourne, has three major companies as well as a number of smaller houses. Melbourne Opera is active in broadly promoting the art of opera, and works to co-ordinate seasons and subscriptions between all Melbourne opera managements. As a matter of policy we encourage all company members to take every opportunity to perform wherever and whenever they can.

We hope that you, our audience, will enjoy our productions, and we look forward to your continued support and enjoyment of the king of art forms.


Melbourne Opera is a business name of South East Regional Touring Opera Ltd. The corporate name was changed on 1 June 2007 to reflect the Company’s much expanded geographical scope.

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