Due to the newly announced five-day state-wide lockdown, Victorian Opera has cancelled its opening night performance of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty on Saturday 20 February.

Ticket holders to this performance will be contacted from Monday 15 February regarding ticketing preferences and exchanges.

Victorian Opera is hopeful to commence the production’s performance season on Tuesday 23 February.


Described by The Age as ‘pure magic’, Victorian Opera’s production of this timeless fairy tale reimagines the story with playfulness and charm. Awakened by the imagination of director Nancy Black (Black Hole Theatre), singers and puppeteers gather on stage as a community reeling from tragedy to share a story of hope.

One hundred years after it was written, Ottorino Respighi’s opera The Sleeping Beauty (La Bella dormente nel Bosco) finds extraordinary contemporary resonance in a world once again at its knees.

As Europe emerged from the horrors of WWI and the devastation of the Spanish Flu, from which the composer suffered a mild case, Respighi delivered an opera sparkling with joy, resilience and wit.

Premiering in 1922, the original opera was created for Vittorio Podrecca’s famed puppet company I Piccoli, featuring marionette puppets on stage with singers performing alongside the orchestra in the pit. In Victorian Opera’s production, marionettes are replaced with spectacularly realised life-sized puppets.

Bookings: www.victorianopera.com.au