Victorian Opera one step closer to becoming major company

Already focused on becoming an opera company for the 21st century, Victorian Opera will soon move into a new state-of-the-art facility in West Melbourne.

Artist impression of Victorian Opera’s new home; image supplied.

In 2019 Victorian Opera will become a major performing arts company as per one of the 118 recommendations of the 2016 National Opera Review. As part of its plans for future growth, the company has secured a long-term lease on new premises in West Melbourne.

The building, a former commercial plasterboard warehouse located some 200 metres from the current North Melbourne train station, will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility. It will provide Victorian Opera with a second rehearsal studio, dedicated coaching rooms for artists, an artist green room, a music library, and a multimedia suite for live streaming.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts