Opera Australia is launching an Under 35s initiative, encouraging younger audiences to engage with the opera world. As part of the initiative, 500 tickets are available for just $35 each. Anyone aged 35 years or under can register and it’s free. 

The first production to be made available as part of this program is the Australian premiere of Edward Dick’s highly anticipated production of Tosca. This captivating performance will commence in Melbourne on May 24th, marking a historic moment as the first opera ever to grace the stage of Margaret Court Arena. The production will then move to the Sydney Opera House, opening on June 25th.

Encouraging more young individuals to explore the magic of opera is a significant undertaking for Opera Australia’s new Artistic Director, Jo Davies. Tosca, renowned as opera’s ultimate thriller, tells a gripping story of love and betrayal unfolding within a mere 24 hours in Rome. It serves as an ideal introduction to the genre, showcasing the power of music to evoke profound emotions. From romance to action, Tosca promises a finale that will linger in the minds of its audience.

Opera for Under 35s is just one facet of Opera Australia’s broader strategy to broaden opera’s accessibility. In 2023, nearly 60 per cent of attendees to OA productions experienced opera for the first time. The organisation is committed to understanding the preferences and interests of both existing and new audiences, ensuring the sustained growth and diversification of its audiences. 

Register for the Opera Australia Under 35s program online. Proof of age will be required to enter all venues for Under 35s ticketholders. 

Image: Opera Australia Artistic Director Jo Davies and CEO Fiona Allan