State Theatre (Melbourne)
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|Address||100 St Kilda Road|
|Owner||Victorian Arts Centre Trust|
|Current use||Live Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Dance|
The State Theatre opened in 1984 and is part of the Arts Centre Melbourne located by the Yarra River and St Kilda Road. Like the other performance venues within the Arts Centre, the State Theatre is underground. The stage is one of the largest in the world.
The State Theatre is typically used as a venue for ballet, opera and musical theatre. Companies performing opera in the State Theatre include Opera Australia (which has presented seven or eight operas each season). The first opera in the State Theatre was the new John Copley production of Don Carlos, (Verdi) in 1984 by the Victoria State Opera. The theatre is frequently home to The Production Company, a theatre company specialising in short season revivals of classic Broadway musicals. It is also the Melbourne performance venue for The Australian Ballet.