About the festival

18—27 October 2019

The main venue is just 55mins from Federation Square - Olinda Yarra at Yering, fronting the Yarra River and Olinda creek - an historic property and working farm amidst the rolling hills of the Dandenong Ranges.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get there?

McKenzies ‘Opera Bus’ offers return transport from Fed Square to Olinda Yarra for each performance. Ample car parking is available onsite.

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Is there on-site accomodation?

A visit to visityarravalley website can point you in the 
direction of a five star retreat or a caravan park. 
Either way, you can rest your head on the pillow and 
let your opera dreams run wild.

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What else is on in the Yarra Valley?

Foodie or wine buff, art lover or festival follower? Antiques admirer or seeker of street art? You’ll find the perfect event in regional spaces all across Victoria.

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Is alcohol permitted at the festival?

Madame Brussels on site bar will see you through 
with De Bortoli wine, still/sparkling water. Four 
Pillars Pop Up Gin & Tonic bar, Tea/Coffee all there 
for your pleasure. No BYOB.

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Will there be somewhere to eat?

Access will be provided to the grounds 2 hours prior to each performance. Bring your own picnic, buy something light onsite, or pre-purchase a Picnic Box:

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What is the allied Arts Exhibition?

Esteemed local artists have been invited to create works around the broad theme of music, the Yarra Valley region and landscape to be on display and for sale during the Festival.

The performances

The Enchanted Pig

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.


Do human beings learn from past mistakes? In 2019, as in 1643, individual whims and values associated with status form a lethal combination. A brilliant contemporary take on a Roman story, directed by internationally-acclaimed Gale Edwards - and a new look at an old score. Sung in English. Adults Only



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.

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.

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