CitiOpera’s success was fostered in a foundation of dedicated artists. Today CitiOpera strives to pass on those traditions and nurture the pool of Australia’s new and emerging talent.
CitiOpera is a not-for-profit organisation with a specific focus on presenting great operatic masterpieces while developing Melbourne's emerging operatic talent. Since 2014 the company has undertaken a vigorous program of reinvention and growth with the integration of incredible new talent and repertoire.
CitiOpera prides itself on showcasing the finest operatic talent to delight and move audiences. Since its origins as Melbourne City Opera in 1997, the company has developed a reputation for excellence and as a training ground for operatic stars of the future.
CitiOpera's tradition of bringing together established artists and young, up-and-coming talent has produced countless acclaimed productions,such as 2014's ambitious production of Verdi's Otello. Reviews of Otello described it as, “a beautiful night of talented performances” and “refreshing in its detail and authenticity.” More recently,the company's innovative production of La Boheme at Ripponlea House was acknowledged for having “a refreshing, modern connectivity with Puccini’s penniless bohemians who were played by a fine cast of singers outdoors in the estate’s ornamental gardens.” 2015’s Cavalleria Rusticana was praised “for allowing the fiery passion and torrid emotional grit to erupt from a give it all cast including the Chorus who convincingly enriched the drama with glorious singing.” (Paul Selar, Herald Sun). 2016 and 2017 saw successful productions of Struass's Ariadne auf Nazos and Verdi's Il Trovatore and the appointment of new music director, Alan Cook. In 2018, CitiOpera further expands its horizons with an Australian premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov's Kashchey the Immortal and Strauss's Elektra.
CitiOpera currently receives no government funding and is supported entirely by donations from the public, private companies and philanthropic organisations.