Whole-hearted, awe-inspiring opera

16—25 October 2020

Australia's only regional opera Festival, based in Melbourne and performed in the Yarra Valley, exists to open hearts, change minds and soothe souls.


Think opera isn't for you? Think again....

"demonstrates...it is possible to be world-class while working on a shoestring" Limelight Magazine


Answers to FAQ:

Yes, performance 'indoors' - in a fully-enclosed theatre marquee - rugs available

Yes, you can purchase food and drinks on-site* 

*thanks to Madame Brussels, De Bortoli, Four Pillars Gin and A Bit of Jam & Pickle

Yes, some satellite performances planned for Melbourne CBD

Yes, sung in English and duration under 2 hours

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Winner: Outstanding Production by an Independent Company for THE ENCHANTED PIG - OperaChaser

The Enchanted Pig

“Golden casting choices, strong ensemble singing, costumes and design that dazzle and charm from go to whoa, with a small but impactful orchestra setting the course." - OperaChaser

A delightful fairy-tale English opera with hilarious twists and turns. Oscar-winning costume designer Tim Chappel & international stage director Gale Edwards AM deliver a heartwarming and sumptuous Australian premiere of a London & New York hit. Ravishing tunes and a story for all ages.


A bold, fresh, gory take on a sordid historical tale, directed by award-winning Gale Edwards AM, and designed by Besen Family Foundation fellow, Joseph Noonan.  Glorious Monteverdi - his melodies makes the human voice sound superhuman.  Recommended adults only.

References suicide and strong violence.

"Audiences these days are far more likely to be scandalised than those in the 17th century. This is all about power, sex and stopping at nothing to get what is desired"


Classic Italian opera through a new lens. Sung in English and re-scored for electric guitar, amplified orchestra, this well-loved Shakesperean epic turned modern-day fable of a murderous leader - a would-be King of his own little world. Co-production with Monk Parrots NYC. Performed La Mama Great Jones Studio December 18, 2019, with 2 week season scheduled for January 2021.

Presented by Gertrude Opera

The Yarra Valley Opera Festival puts you, the audience, at its heart: it exists to move you with thrilling stories, superb music and astounding voices.

0437 633 223


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