Il Viaggio a Reims
Witness one of Rossini’s most ambitious operas performed for the first time ever in Australia! Get an opportunity to gaze at some of the world’s most famous paintings brought on stage for this delightful and lighthearted performance.
Why Watch Il Viaggio a Reims
An operatic drama that Rossini himself did not expect to last beyond a handful of performances due to its demanding and expensive nature, Il Viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims) has become one of the composer’s most popular and sought after works. It requires 14 soloists, one contralto, two tenors, four basses, four baritones, and three sopranos, to pull off. Rossini composed it for the grand coronation of King Charles X in 1825, and it was sung by some of the most accomplished artists of the era in its premiere. This will be the first time Il Viaggio a Reims will be running in Australia. Director Damiano Micheletto’s lighthearted and jubilant take on the classic, a slew of talented international artists, and the jaw-dropping costume, set, and lighting makes for a fascinating watch at the Melbourne Opera this season.
Il Viaggio a Reims is an opera about a group of wealthy and eccentric European aristocrats who are headed to Reims to attend the coronation of Charles X. From the fashion-crazed Contessa di Folleville and her sick maid Modestina to the jealous Russian Count Libenskof, the guests are intriguing and pointedly quirky. The guests await their departure from the Giglio d’oro owned by Madama Cortese. Due to a sudden lack of transport facilities, the guests find themselves trapped with each other with no hope of reaching Reims in time for the coronation. What ensues is a delightful and humorous series of events that are punctuated by the emphatic vocals of fourteen different singers on stage!
Fans of Italian Opera | Gioachino Rossini Fans
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Melbourne State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,079.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out the Arts Centre's wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Arts Centre Melbourne about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.