Satellite events

As well as presenting our three staged operas at Olinda Yarra, we're collaborating to present other activities in the region, and in Melbourne.


In the lead-up to the Festival, you're also likely to find us popping-up in some weird and wonderful places!

GO Competition in association with

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 

Finalists selected from Australia, New Zealand, China and Hong Kong battle it out for a place in the semifinal of the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera Cup competition. Our regional winner will be flown all expenses paid to Glyndebourne in East Sussex in March 2020 to compete with 19 other singers selected from heats in London, Paris, Milan, Vienna, Berlin, New York and Capetown for a Grand Prize of 15,000GBP and a professional contract.

Invitation-only for Donors, Partners and full Festival ticket holders. If you'd like to be there, register your interest using the email link right, and we'll let you know if there are seats available.


22 Oct 2pm

Iwaki Auditorium

ABC Studios

Garden Concert at Wingspread

Gertrude Opera favourites: soprano Emily Burke and tenor Michael Lapiña present a program of romantic arias and duets outside in the lush spring garden at Wingspread, as part of Open Gardens Victoria.


A fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, there are no tickets required - just pay the entrance fee on the gate, or if you're a Full Festival ticket holder, you'll get in for free.


27 Oct 1pm


1380 Myers Creek Rd

Allied Arts Exhibition

As part of the opera festival experience, ticket holders are invited to peruse a specially created exhibition by local artists, curated by Savaad and Sunderai Felich, with the support of Yarra Ranges Council and Yarra Valley Arts.  All artworks are for sale!

The grounds at Olinda Yarra are open 2 hours prior to every performance, and the exhibition is open only to Festival ticket holders. No viewing during performances.


18 Oct - 27 Oct

Olinda Yarra

Homestead & Grounds

17-19 MacIntyre Lane

Sunday Family Funday

The Enchanted Pig is a delight for all ages, and particularly, for children. 


Princess Bubblegum is a fully-grown black pig, who loves to wear a tutu, receive cuddles, and be in photos.  She'll be with other farm animals on both Sundays, all geared up to join in the opera festival spirit.

Miss Cindy's ceramics will allow children to create a tile before the show, ready to take home at the end!  $15 per child, payable on the day.

The grounds open at midday - 2 hours prior to the performance. Bring your picnic, pre-book a gourmet picnic box, or grab a sausage from A Bit of Jam and Pickle on the day. Fully-licensed premises - no BYO alcohol.

Oh, and please plan to take your waste back home with you. Thank you.


20 Oct

27 Oct

Olinda Yarra

Homestead & Grounds

17-19 MacIntyre Lane

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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