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The Sleeping Beauty

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An enchanting fusion of opera and puppetry

The Sleeping Beauty

Victorian Opera presents presents

The Sleeping Beauty

The transformative power of love takes centre stage as a cursed Princess awakens from an eternal sleep in a retelling of Perrault’s classic with fairies, fantasy and a cast of puppets. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s 1922 reimagining of The Sleeping Beauty is given new life in an unforgettable production.

This opera was created specifically for one of Italy’s leading puppetry theatres in the early 20th century. Respighi’s production was a smash-hit and toured the world. The ageless appeal of this charming chamber opera will be awakened by the bold imagination of director Nancy Black (Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Four Saints in Three Acts) and a production team headed by puppet designer Joe Blanck (Walking with Dinosaurs, King Kong), who co-set designs with Ben Cobham (Ghost Wife, Bluebottle Designs).

The Sleeping Beauty will feature an ensemble of exciting operatic talent lending voice to spectacularly realised puppets, great and small.



Creative Team

Conductor Phoebe Briggs
Director Nancy Black
Puppet Design & Construction Joe Blanck
Set Design bluebottle, Joe Blanck
Costume Design Nancy Black
Lighting Design Philip Lethlean
Choreographic Consultant Michelle Heaven


Christian Bagin
Vincent Crowley
Nadine Dimitrievitch
Hamish Fletcher
Kaira Hachefa
Michelle Heaven
Neal Holmes


The Nightingale Zoe Drummond
The Cuckoo Shakira Tsindos
The Frog/The Spindle Kirilie Blythman
The Ambassador Timothy Newton
The Blue Fairy Elizabeth Barrow
The Jester/Mister Dollar Timothy Reynolds
The Green Fairy Juel Riggall
The King Raphael Wong
The Queen/The Cat Sally Wilson
The Old Lady/The Duchess Liane Keegan
The Princess Jacqueline Porter
The Woodcutter Stephen Marsh
The Prince Carlos E. Bárcenas
A Villager Tomas Dalton


Saturday 11 March, 7:30pm
Tuesday 14 March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 15 March, 7:30pm
Friday 17 March, 7:30pm
Saturday 18 March, 1:00pm




Price range

$60 - $153

Concession, Senior and Group prices available through Box Office.
VOyage (30 and Under) $35 for B and C-Reserves.

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

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All prices include GST.

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Sung in Italian with English surtitles