Wominjeka means Hello/Welcome in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people of Kulin Nation – the traditional owners of Melbourne - Naarm.
ACOCo respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we stand, live, work and create. Sovereignty was never ceded, and we pay our respects to First Peoples across Victoria and Australia.
We continue to work and roll with COVID-19 challenges and disruptions, with our eyes firmly on connecting with our audiences in the creating and sharing of our contemporary opera productions - in many mediums. Our latest project, The Enchanted Pig, despite all efforts, sadly could not make it to the stage due to lockdown and border closures - but we are working on delivering a screen / film version later in the year.
We are working on our Spring/Summer season, and look forward to sharing details with you shortly!
'Moon' by Moya O'Brien and Joseph Noonan - NoMe Studios
for our award-winning Australian premiere of The Enchanted Pig ©2019
US mezzo soprano Sarah Heltzel as 'Offred' in our award-winning Australian Premiere of The Handmaid's Tale (Ruders/Bentley) ©2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival
We are still holding out hope that our multiple award-winning 4th annual Yarra Valley Opera Festival can go ahead in some capacity between October 16 - 24, 2021. Watch this space - the current situation renders all decisions last-minute. In the meantime, you can find out more about our past festivals here.
We love our artists, musicians, creative teams and crew. Their daily dedication to achieving 'world-class' in preparing, rehearsal and performance is inspiring. The stories told, interwoven with their own unique perspectives and experiences, are real and relevant. Committed to making a contribution to an art form that has its roots beyond a western classical music tradition, ACOCo whole-heartedly embraces its role as operatic storytellers for the 21st century.
We're in the middle of updating, but you can have a sneak peek here
Mezzo soprano Heather Fletcher as 'Ottavia' with tenor Paul Biencourt as 'Ottone' in our Gale Edwards production of Poppea (Monteverdi) ©2019
Mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd as 'Arnalta' with soprano Cristina Russo as 'Poppea' in our Gale Edwards production of Poppea (Monteverdi) ©2019
Many of ACOCo's partners are content to leave the spotlight to the performers. Our Partners, Donors and in-kind partners, enable our work. With a multitude of people working behind the scenes to bring our work to audiences, ACOCo is assisted by a board that champions and supports ACOCo's mission and ambitious vision, through both practical and financial support.
Find the ACOCo Story, Board, Team, Partners & Supporters here.
Each year, we select a small number of Young Artists to give them the opportunity to both create world-class work, and build their audiences for the future. Thanks to the long-term support of the Gertrude Johnson Estate, Urquhart Charitable Fund, the Henkell Family Fund and recently, the Eric Ormond Baker Fund, we shape opera performers, careers and audiences for the 21st Century.
Our Young Artists are regularly snapped up by Opera Australia and other professional companies - many can now be seen as principal artists on world stages. We actively seek new audiences, and program to highlight the power of opera in its all-arts-encompassing form.
To find out more:
Gertrude Johnson Young Artist Program >>
Eric Ormond Baker U25 Free Ticket Initiative >>
Georgia Wilkinson, Morgan Carter, Nigel Huckle and Sam Ward in our online production of Together, Apart (Gentile/Hall) ©2020
“Opera, where virtually every single element of art is involved, is unique still. Music, text, literature, movement, dance, ballet, body, history, psychology, light, visual arts…it’s the most extreme, the most real and emotionally powerful form of performing arts. - BARRIE KOSKY International Australian Opera and Theatre Director
“accessible, evocative and profoundly relevant, AS ONE breathes new life into opera...”
— Stage Whispers