As we emerge from the challenges of 2020, Victorian Opera’s Season 2021 marks a year of rebirth and rediscovery. From classics and musicals to family shows and new Australian works, there’s something for everyone. Engage your imagination and enliven your spirit with the wonders of opera.

A magical fusion of larger-than-life puppetry and opera opens the Season in a charming and often hilarious retelling of The Sleeping Beauty by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.

In 2021, Victorian Opera celebrates the world premiere of four new Australian operas: Parrwang Lifts the Sky (Deborah Cheetham AO), Echo and Narcissus (Kevin March), Cassandra (Simon Bruckard) and The Butterfly Lovers (Richard Mills AM).

Two of Australia’s most revered operas return with Richard Meale’s Voss, based on Patrick White’s famed novel, and Victorian Opera’s Green Room Award-winning hit Lorelei, a modern operatic cabaret starring siren divas Ali McGregor, Antoinette Halloran and Dimity Shepherd.

Get ready to rock with the Australian premiere of The Who’s Tommy, the five-time Tony Award winning musical which took Broadway and the West End by storm.

Pack your picnics and dive into a night of soul-stirring music with Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The next generation of talent takes centre stage in Franz Schubert’s The Friends of Salamanca and Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, presented in association with the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program.

Be it live or online, Victorian Opera is here to inspire you.


Virtual Victorian Opera Digital Access

For those who can't make it to the theatre, Season 2021 will offer select performances online as part of the Virtual Victorian Opera program. Digital access is available as a subscription for Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra, Parrwang Lifts the Sky and Voss, with both live and on-demand streaming options available. For more information visit

Subscription Packages

To provide the best possible experience under changing conditions, Season 2021 ticketing has been transformed. The Season is structured into quarters with performances grouped according to date.

Quarter 1: The Sleeping Beauty, Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra

Subscriptions on sale: Thursday 26 November to Wednesday 9 December
Single Tickets on sale: Thursday 10 December

Quarter 2: The Pearl Fishers, Parrwang Lifts the Sky, Lorelei

Subscriptions on sale: Thursday 11 February 2021 to Wednesday 24 February 2021
Single Tickets on sale: Thursday 25 February 2021

Quarter 3: Voss, The Who's Tommy

Subscriptions on sale: Thursday 20 May 2021 to Wednesday 2 June 2021
Single Tickets on sale: Thursday 3 June 2021

Quarter 4: The Butterfly Lovers, The Friends of Salamanca, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Subscriptions on sale: Thursday 2 September 2021 to Wednesday 15 September 2021
Single Tickets on sale: Thursday 16 September 2021

Season 2020 Ticket Holders

All ticket holders from the Season 2020 postponed performances of The Who's Tommy and The Friends of Salamanca will be contacted prior to those performances going on sale. Ticket holders will be given the choice of new dates to transfer their tickets. If no new date is suitable a refund will be offered via the original ticket seller.

Ticket Concierge

Excited to see a performance later in Season 2021 and don’t want to miss a quarterly subscription on-sale? We can help. Register your interest using our new Ticket Concierge. Simply select your performance preferences and when you’d like to be reminded. We will take care of the rest. Visit
Please note: Ticket Concierge is a reminder service only and is not a guarantee of ticket purchase.

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