Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Discover the delightful Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, boasting a collection of the state’s finest string musicians. A youthful company, its programs are full of guest artists and up and coming musicians, and are well worth a look.Melbourne also supports the activities of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the oldest musical organisations in Australia, which maintains a large choir for its events.
Victoria particularly favours its vocal crescendos, with two companies dominating the opera stages. Victorian Opera is a forerunner in the field, which, under Richard Gill (who would oversee his final season in 2012 before handing the reins to Richard Mills), actively promotes Australian operas and homegrown operatic talent. Its association with the Malthouse Theatre and its strong regional touring program allows it to actively engage the Victorian community.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Australia’s oldest orchestra. The MSO has a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation – its performances with rock and pop acts such as Elton John and KISS have been wildly successful. Following integration with the Melbourne Chorale in 2008, the Orchestra now has its own choir, the MSO Chorus.