Orchestra Victoria


Now in its fifth decade, Orchestra Victoria is one of Australia’s two specialist opera and ballet orchestras. It is the performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, and works with companies from across Australia and the world, delivering more than 200 performances each year. Orchestra Victoria is committed to creating opportunities for all Victorians to experience orchestral music, and also presents concerts and education workshops in regional and outer metropolitan centres across Victoria.

After 44 years of performances together, in 2014 Orchestra Victoria became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet, confirming the future of the orchestra as one of Australia’s most dynamic Major Performing Arts companies. Orchestra Victoria is grateful for the support of its government, philanthropic and corporate partners.

Nicolette Fraillon, Artistic Director

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In these uncertain times, the power of music carries increasing weight as it lifts spirits and provides a place of refuge. So, now more than ever, we invite you to consider supporting your Orchestra Victoria. A gift to the orchestra will help us return to the pit and the stage, in great spirits and in great shape.



During this period of change, during which we are unable to gather in person, Orchestra Victoria will be bringing the joy of ballet and opera music to your living rooms with its online program: MOVeable Feast. The musicians of the orchestra will perform for you, take you backstage, interview other musicians and colleagues from the world of ballet and opera, demonstrate orchestral instruments and how to play them, write articles, and give you tantalising glimpses into their lives beyond the pit.

During this time, you can also see many of our performances with The Australian Ballet on their Digital Season: At Home with Ballet TV.

If you had been planning to see us in a performance at the State Theatre that has been affected by the temporary closure of Arts Centre Melbourne’s venues until June 30, you can view information for ticket holders on the respective websites of Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet.

Meet Artistic Director Nicolette Fraillon

World-renowned conductor Nicolette Fraillon has been The Australian Ballet’s Music Director and Chief Conductor since 2003. With her fire, emotion and passion, our music becomes an equal partner to the dance.

Meet Nicolette