Whole-hearted, awe-inspiring opera
16—25 October 2020
In light of COVID-19 disruptions, we are re-fashioning our Festival for an online platform:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival v2.5 [online Oct 16 - 25]
Stay tuned for announcements....
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....
"[Gertrude Opera] demonstrates...it is possible to be world-class while working on a shoestring" Limelight Magazine
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.
"This was not at all what I was expecting. I was riveted. Excellent performances and wonderful staging. Congratulations to all involved - my pick of the festival"