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Performance of a Lifetime is a collaborative video project developed by the MSO, where performing arts and entertainment organisations from across Victoria have come together to encourage the general public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The video features personalities from our arts community, archival footage from arts organisations, and new content on location at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Royal Exhibition Building.

The Victorian arts and entertainment industry cannot perform for our wonderful audiences if there are continued lockdowns and limitations. Like many performing arts organisations – big and small – the operation of the MSO is seriously tested in a lockdown. As long as too many people remain unvaccinated lockdowns will recur. We look forward to our musicians playing and to inviting our audiences to the concert halls. That certainly means bringing audiences back into concert halls reliably – and with the safety of a sufficiently vaccinated population.

Our talented musicians have trained for a lifetime to perform for audiences. Now we call on our community and the Victorian public to give us the performance of their lifetime; to keep our community safe, and to keep our loved arts and entertainment industry alive.

Special thanks to all those involved in the video: Arts Centre Melbourne, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, Short Black Opera, The Australian Ballet, Victorian Opera, St Vincent’s Hospital, Aaron Wyatt, Anthony de Masi, Bailey McMillan, Bede Nash, Belinda Prakhoff, Benedict Bemet, Callum Linnane, Carlos Barcenas, Christian Bagin, Dale Barltrop, Deborah Cheetham, Emma Vize, Geetanjali Mishra, Ian Wildsmith, Kathleen Halloran, Kurt Pimblett, Rose Pimblett, Matthew Chin, Matthew Tng, Matthew Tomkins, Meow Meow, Miss Jay, Nadine Dimitrievich, Peter Tregear, Priya Srinivasan, Rhonda Burchmore, Robyn Hendricks, Samuel Bortolazzo, Shauntai Batzke, Sophie Rowell, Tim Minchin, Tripod - Scott Edgar, Simon Hall, Steven Gates, Virginia Gay, Wendy Clarke, Yiana Pandelis. Thank you also to Emma Muir-Smith, who directed and guided this production.

For The Australian Ballet
David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty
Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929
George Ogilvie and Dame Peggy van Praagh Coppélia
Alexei Ratmansky Cinderella

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