EVENTS // 100 free opera tickets for young people


If you’re under the age of 25, Australian Contemporary Opera Co. have a groundbreaking free ticket scheme for you. Thanks to the Eric Ormond Baker Under 25 Ticket Initiative, up to 100 tickets per performance of The Enchanted Pig at The Athenaeum Theatre are to be made absolutely free to young people. 

Based on Romanian and Norwegian folktales, The Enchanted Pig blends the worlds of opera, music theatre and vaudeville in a joyful, celebration of love. This heartwarming, uplifting, tuneful family show has all the hallmarks of The Princess BrideBeauty and the Beast and Cinderella — with sophisticated appeal for all ages. 

The story tells of a young princess and her two sisters. Their father King Hildebrand warns them not to enter a secret room in the castle that contains the Book of Fate. Curiosity gets the better of them all and they disobey him. What they read in the book must now come to pass and so the older sisters will marry kings but the youngest, Flora, will wed a pig. Naturally, she is horrified, at least to begin with…

The Enchanted Pig is a humorous and heartwarming reflection on love — love is a wonder, love is strange, and love is a drug. It can make you happy, a hero and a fool. For a princess in love with a pig (who is actually a king under a spell), it turns out that love, amongst other things, is a journey of trust, patience and perseverance. Love’s story unfolds with the help of the Northwind, the Moon and the Milky Way, in this splendid staging.

With an exceptional Australian and New Zealand professional cast, The Enchanted Pig is a celebration of love and relationships. This revival is led by director Linda Thompson, with Patrick Burns conducting the orchestra.

A Gale Edwards production with costumes by Oscar-winner Tim Chappel, presented by the Australian Contemporary Opera Co.

Dates and times:

Thu 29 Jul 7.30pm – 9.40pm
Sat 31 Jul 3pm – 5.10pm
Tue 3 Aug 7.30pm – 9.40pm
Thu 5 Aug 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins St
Melbourne 3000

Bookings: via TICKETEK or Under 25s here.