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Lyster Opera

Victoria’s Regional Touring Opera Company

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About Us

Lyster Opera derives its name from William Saurin Lyster (1828-1880), an Irish born entrepreneur who made it his mission to provide opera to the growing population of Australia. Under Lyster’s auspices, Australians were given their first taste of operatic composers as diverse as Mozart, Donizetti, Auber, Meyerbeer and Wagner. Local stars such as Marie Carandini and Fanny Simonsen brought these works to a new public. Lyster’s extraordinary life and career were documented by Harold Love in his book The Golden Age of Australian Opera (Currency Press, 1981) and today the Melbourne suburb of Lysterfield is named in his honour.


The Coronation of POPPEA

Music by Claudio Monteverdi Libretto by Francesco Busenello Edited by Raymond Leppard

“The Coronation of Poppea - Performance Details Announced”

“This production of The Coronation of Poppea is proudly supported by Henkell Brothers Investment Partners”


Friedrich Von Flotow


“MARTHA - Performance Details Coming Soon”

“This production of Martha is proudly supported by Henkell Brothers Investment Partners”

Past Events

See our artists in action in our gallery of past events

La Cenerentola

Performed in various locations throughout Victoria in 2022-2023

Don Pasquale

Tarnagulla, Oxley, Daylesford, and Abbotsford Convent 2021

L’Elisir d’Amore

Tarnagulla, Beechworth, Oxley, Albury, and Warrnambool 2019

A Celebration of Dame Nellie Melba

Performed in various locations since 2016

"What are we singers but the silver-voiced messengers of the poet and the musician?" - Dame Nellie Melba

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