HMS PINAFORE Gilbert & Sullivan

Responding to public demand, Melbourne Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore, their first big success. H.M.S. Pinafore features many of G&S’s best loved comic songs, arias and choruses in a scintillating and timeless send up of the British class system and politicians.


An all-star cast featuring David Gould as Sir Joseph Porter KCB has been assembled by Melbourne Opera for this first professional G&S production in over 10 years.


Internationally-recognised soprano Claire Lyon joins the cast following her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera World Tour, principal roles with Opera Australia, a Helpmann Award nomination for her role in John Frost & Opera Australia’s Anything Goes and a Green Room nominated performance in The Production Company’s Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance at Hamer Hall.


Starring alongside David and Claire is celebrated tenor David Roger-Smith as the gentlemanly Captain Corcoran and Paul Biencourt as Ralph Rackstraw, following a highly praised performance in 2016 as Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio.  Multi-award winning soprano Andrea Creighton will take on the role of Little Buttercup fresh from playing Carlotta Guidicelli in the Phantom of the Opera World Tour.


Other cast includes Roger Howell as the blunt-spoken Dick Deadeye, Jodie Debono and Cheryl Darvidis playing the aristocratic Cousin Hebe, Finn Gilheany as Bill Bobstay and Roland Seidl as Bob Becket.


Robert Ray, well known G&S expert will direct and choreograph and the production features the acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence.


Sir Joseph Porter      David Gould


Captain Corcoran    David Rogers-Smith


Josephine                  Claire Lyon


Buttercup                  Andrea Creighton


Ralph Rackstraw      Paul Biencourt


Dick Deadeye           Roger Howell


Hebe                          Jodie Debono &

                                    Cheryl Darvidis


Bosun                        Finn Gilheany


Carpenter                 Roland Seidl &

                                   Peter Hanway


Alicia Groves

Alison McIntosh-Deszcz

Angela Hennel

Anna Peterson

Cecily Woodberry

Cheryl Darvidis

Darcy Carroll

David Woodberry

Debra O'Connor

Finn Gilheany

Guiliana D'Appio

Ian Cook

Jodi Debono


Joshua Soderlind

Lynda Watkins

Mark Henderson

Matt Biscombe

Paul Dernelly

Peter Hanway

Robyn-Jane Dhanjee

Roland Seidl

Susan Halls

Te Ua Houkama

Tim Daly

Trevor Mills

Zoe Taylor