Melbourne Opera
Melbourne Opera Company Ltd was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit public arts company dedicated to producing opera
Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and sometimes includes dance...

 and associated art forms at realistic prices. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and tours over an area between Canberra
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 in the north and Hobart
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in the south.

Melbourne Opera's special emphases are on the development of young artists, regional touring, and on openness & transparency.

Melbourne Opera has toured the regions since its very first production in 2003. Including their regional and interstate touring program they are now the second most active professional opera company in the country behind only the national company. This has been achieved relying entirely upon philanthropic support.

Melbourne Opera is a business name of South East Regional Touring Opera Ltd [SERTO]. The corporate name was changed on 1 June 2007 to reflect the Company's much expanded geographical scope.
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