Capricorn Promotions is a new organisation set up by prominent Melbourne businessman, Alex Marchinovsky, to promote musical events in support of various charities. More Than Opera is a Melbourne-based arts organisation committed to performing opera in a broad range of settings in the community. Founded in 2000, by Dr David Kram, More Than Opera has a rich history of taking opera to diverse audiences, to those who know and love opera, and to those who are hearing it for the first time.
We love opera for its own sake: opera sits at the pinnacle of the performing arts combining music, text, theatre and dance with the power of the human voice to entice, entertain and transport us with timeless stories about life and love.
We support the development of opera singers and mentor emerging artists (singers, composers, conductors, directors) in their professional journey by engaging them to work with us on opera projects.
We engage professional artists to conduct masterclasses and share their technical knowledge, experience and insights about working as professional musicians.
Since 2003, More Than Opera has partnered with Das Hessische Staatstheater in Wiesbaden to administer the German Australian Opera Award. Each year, 4 finalists compete for the opportunity of working professionally at the Wiesbaden State Opera. We’re proud to have helped many artists who are now working as professional musicians in Australia & overseas.
But More Than That
We believe opera has a proven benefit for health and well-being for everyone in the community. We’ve tailored specific opera-health projects to produce shows like Scattered for the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre where a team of singers and musicians wrote and produced their own show and we’ve tailored specific opera-education projects to make opera more accessible to school children such a 'RingWagnerAnimated' & 'Meraviglia'.
In 2017 MTO farewelled Dr Kram with the successful world premiere of his work Peace - A Cantata for John Monash to celebrate the
Alan Cook is a conductor of international experience and currently working on a PhD in Russian opera at the Melbourne Conservatorium and is facilitating a number of collaborations in 2020 including the Voices of St Petersburg gala concerts and regional opera productions with Opera Van Diemensland.
Innovation, creativity, accessibility & artistry is what More Than Opera is all about.