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German- Australia Opera Grant Finals

     
 

German-Australia Opera Grant Finals

Saturday August 3 saw the Opera finale at Deakin Edge Federation Square Melbourne.
The More Than Opera presented the 2019 German- Australian Opera Grant.
The German-Australian Opera Grant aim is to promote emerging Australian opera singers who are at the early stage of their professional career. The Grant offers the winner a one-year employment (junior) contract at the Weisbaden Opera House in Germany plus an intensive language course at the Goethe Institut in Germany as well as one month’s experience at the Opera House to gain an insight into the procedures prior to the official start.
The Grant recipient also receives a cash prize of $4500, which will help in the presentation stage for time overseas the recipient will become part of the professional ensemble in Weisbaden from med/late August 2019 until July/August 2020.
/Friday August 3 saw 13 singers audition at the semi-finals at the Lithuanian Club North Melbourne of these 13 five were chosen to attend the finals.
These were Maia Andrews a soprano form N.S.W., Daniel Macey a baritone form N.S.W., Sarah Kemeny-Packwood a Mezzo-soprano from N.S.W., Jeremy Dubé baritone from N.S.W. and Fleuranne BGrockway a mezzo-soprano from W.A.
Each artist performed two arias chosen by the judging panel. The Deakin Edge was packed fo the occasion and a very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all.
Guest Artist was Australian born Sheron Kempton, soprano, who studied at the University of Melbourne and has been the recipient of many prestigious prizes including the German Operatic Award (2201) A singer of immense versatility, she has received critical acclaim for her warm richness of vocal tone and her compelling stage appearance. In Weisbaden Sharon has had resounding success with many of the most beautiful Mozart roles composed for sopranos.    
 A wonderful voice well appreciated by the Melbourne audience.
during this performance the judges were making their final  decision and the result was mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway from Western Australia.   

 
     

 

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2019 Season


Two Weddings. One Bride

The governor is in a pickle,
Those bankers are so fickle!

He's stretched the state
purse a little too far and his
creditors will soon come
a-knocking.

But twin daughters he's got,
so he hatches a plot, which
might save hime from a
royal bollicking!

A double wedding could
save the day, but when
pesky pirates get in the way,
it's uo to Girolfé to make
things OK.

Set sail for French Morocco where the champagne flow, the clothes are fabulous and the music s never dull.
Season: November 7, 8, 9. 2019 at 7.30pm Matinees at 2pm November 9, 10. 2019

Turandot

When Pavarotti sang out the top B in Rossini's Nessun dorma across a huge crowd at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the world collectively held its breath. S generation of football fans were learning what opera was all about - music that can transport you to another world, another place, a place where emotion wells up inside you a the sound of a single note.
Truthfully, a few of the millions pf people who watched that broadcast had an inkling of what poewer of that music can be. Few had seen Turandot - Puccini's opera about a brutal princess and an impssibly brave suitor, who wll make any sacrifice ti win her love.
Turandot is a fancy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. Nessun dorma is just one of its magnificent moments.
Season: November 21, 23, 26, 28. December 2, 4, 6. 2019. Evening at 7.30pm Saturday matinee November 30. 2019 at 1pm.

Faust

Faust intends to win his heart;s desires, even if it costs him his soul. Led into temptation by the charming Mephistophélès, the ageing academic swaps moral restraint for a salacious journey through life's earthly pleasures. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil itr seems, is in the detail.
Sir David McVicar's grand production sets the opera in the composer's own time, the decadence aand cebauchery of the 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, /faust;s terrible pact plays out in all its sinister splenour.
And dplendour it is, Charles Eswards' stunning sets recreate iconic Paris landmarks, including a colorful Cabaret de L'Enfer, an opera box from the {alais Garnier and the organ loft of Notre Dame.
Brgitte Reffenstuel's lavish costumes are truly spectacular. The images are at once delightful and disturbing, a reminder that given the chance, any one of us might tumble down Faudt;s road.
Season: November 27, 29, December 3, 5. 2019 at 7pm. Saturdqay matinee December 7. 2019 at 12.30pm.

Evita

After sell-out productions including South Pacific, The King and I and most recently the 0th anniversary production of My Fair Lady Opera Australia and John Frost again create one of the greatest worke of musical theatre: the orinal West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber;s Evita, directed by Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita is iconic, with more than 20 maqjor awards to its credit, including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Musical, golden globe and an Oscar.
This musical captured the attention of the public when it was first staged in 1978 and in its 40th year Andrew Lloyd Webber;s 70th year, the company is thrilled to bring this modern masterpiece to Austrqalian in all its original gloey.
Season: Tina Arena (except December 12, 19. 2019 at 730pm Decenber 30. 2019 at 1pm) Jemma Rix (December 12, 19. 2019 at 7.30pm December 30. 2019 a 1pm.)

 


 

     
   

 

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2019 Season

A Litle Night Music

If anyone can bridge the gap between opera and musicals it is the4 incomparable Stephen Sondheim. With his charestic wit and indelible musical talent domes the most musicals based on Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night.
The summer night smiles three times: first on the young, second in the fools and third on the old. Over the course of a weekend in the country, an entangled group of worldly characters rekindle lst love, court new liasons and flirt with romantic possibilities,
Season: Thursday June 27, Friday June 28m saturday June 29, Tuesday July 2, Wednesday July 3, thursday Juky 4, Frisay July 5 and Saturday July 6, 2019 Venue: Playhouse Arts Cenre Melbourne.

Heroic Bel Canto

The glorioua heritage of bek canto: its power of expression, its poetic sensiblilty and the exhilaration of its virtuosity have timeless appeal.
Experience an evening of vocal prowess with famous mad scenes, great duets, ensembles and thrilling musicv for the chorus. Hear the most popular characters fromn the bel canto repertoire: gallant heroes, stzr-crossed lovers and beguiling villains both nasty and timerous.
SeasonL Synday July 14. Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Cntre Melbourne.

The Barber of Seville

Prepare fpr an evening of huge laughs with Rossini's most popular opera, which offers a delightful romp full of farcical frivility.
Festuring some of opera's most recognisable music, this madcap masterpiece is a paean to impertinence that will make you beam with joy and grin with delight.
Count Almaviva is hopelessly in love with the beautiful young Risina but first he must prise her from the clutches of her guardian, the lecherous Doctor Bartolo. Lucky for them, the flamboyant and and cunning town barber Figaro has a few tricks up his sleeve/
Season: Thursday November 21, 2019 Venue: Princess Theatre Launceston.
Thursday Decenber 12 and Daturday December 14. Venue" Melbourne Recital Centre. Elizabeth Murdoch Hall

Alice Through the Opera Glass.

Peer into the magic-looking glass and come on a fabulous journey with Alice and the White Rabbit. Leave Wonderland behind and step into an alternative world for curious minfs that will fascinate young and old alike.
An imagination as abundant as our heroine's s a prerequisite for this adventure that leaps across boundaries of opera time and space. Followe thwe White Rabbit thrpough orridors of time to meet famopus characters frrom your favourite operas in this wonderfully creative patiche which includes music from Bizet, Delibes and Pussini.
Season: Friday JUne 14 & Saturday June 15. 2019. VenueL Playhouse Arts Centre Melbourne

The Selfish Giant

Best knaown for his witty comedy of manners and novella The Picture of Dorian Gray, the multi-faced Oscar Wilde also delved into the enchanting verse of fairy tales, producing splendid creative gems such as The Gentle Giant."
This season's Youth Opera s about the necessity of opening to the unknown in order to enrich our lives. A grumpy giant excludes children from his garden cauising it to fall into perpetual winter.
Only once he findfs the love and generosity to welcome back children, does his gardenflourish with life and restre his happiness.
Season: Thursday October 17, riday 18 & Saturday 19. 2019. Venue: Gasworks Theate Albert Park

2019 Special Events

March Friday 1, 15, 2019
Three Talks by Richard Mills.
The History of the Tenor Voice
The Orchestra in Opera.
Opera and Society; Intrigue. Mayhem and Mischief through the ages.
Victorian Opera's Artistic Director will present his exploration of aspects of opera not often discussed, but which offer entertaining insights into the development of the art frm over the centurues. A chance to hear about opera from someone who makes ot happen.

May Sunday 12. 3029
Moses: the Spirit of Freedom
This concert version of Peter Wyllie Johnston's musical will be performed by theVic torian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble and visiting artists, including Josh Oiterman and Daniel Koek.

5 Fridays
August Friday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 2019
August 2 - VOYCE concert
The popular annual VOYCE concert is back for one night.
Hear some of the star artists of tomorrow as they grow and develop at the company, under the musical direstion of Angus Grant.

August 9 - Come to the Cabaret.
Cameron Me4nxies unites some glimpses of cabaret from the sleazy to the sublimem from Berlin and Parism to London and New York.
Enjoy an intimate evening of titillating revelation.

August 16, - Soulmakers Australia
Led by the revered Andrea Jatz, Songmakers Australia present a program off songs by operatic composers. Hear the other side of Bellinin and Doniaetti, flavoured by Tosti and friends.

August 23 - Michaels Lampard and Rhodri Clark Duo
This established recital team brings you some trerasures from the literature of song by Australian composers.

August 30 - Nellie in her own voice.
Hear the opions and anecdotes of our own Nellie Melba, as well as some of her favourite repertoire. Melba Scholars, Sharolyn Kimberley and Stephen McIntyre entertain with the life and music of our first Australian superstar5.

September Friday 20, Saturday 21. 2019 -Three Tales -Music Workshop
Following an exclusive livestreamed preview in 2017, Victorian Opera invites you to witness the next stage of development of its upcoming commission Three Tales - a trio of new operas based on legendary French author Flaubert's Trois Contes. Hear the completed works in their rawest form for an intimate concert ahead of a fully staged production in 2020.
Adapted by celebrated playwright Daniel Keene, each tale has been realised by three Australian composers; Stefan Cassomenos, Dermot Tutty and Zac Hurren.

December Friday 13. 2019 - Richard Mills at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
In recognition of major milestones, and significent birthdays, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Recital Centre and Orchestra Victoria are celebrating the music of Richard Mills in a one-off concert.
His seminal influence on the Australian musical landscape over the past four decades is homoured with a musical party of a lifetime.




 

 

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Coraline

Victoria Opera's first co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, an adfaptation of Neil Gaiman's much-loved novella Coraline, has opened to raft of four-star reviews and a sold-out season at London's Barbican Centre. The new opera will be staged in Melbourne as part of Victorian Opera's Season 2019.
Highlighting Victorian Opera's expanding horizons and ongoing commitment to making new opera, Coraline marks the company's frist co-production in Europe; between Royal Opera House Convent Garden, (UK) Fokoperan (Sweden), Opera de Lille (France) and Theater Freiberg (Germany).

 

 

 

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Madama Butterfly

Constrained, cocooned, caught in a moment of desire, butterfly is incandescent in her exotic embrace, Pinkerton finds paradise, then carelessly condemns his bride to purgatory.
Graeme Murphy's arresting new production of Madama Butteerfly is a contemporary look at Puccini's alluring heroine.
Fragments of film flutter across the stage, creating a dynamic backdrop for Murphy's vision of Butterfly. He draws on his roots in choreography to capture the grace and gravity of a tale that begins in raptutous love and ends in the cruellest heartbreak.
Puccini's sublime music imbues this ageless sory with impossible beauty, from the irrepressible, famous aria One Fine Day to the intense finale.
Season: June 28. July 3. 5. 11. 13. 25. 27. 29. 31. August 2. 6. 2019.

Anna Bolena

Anne Bolyen won the king's desire first, his love second, but only an heir could deliver his loyality in a court full of secrets, and spies, the Tudor Queen's name is running out.
Donizettii's operaq rips the best bits from a bloody time in history to create a thrillling ride through the byways if Anne Bolyen;s marriage to King HenryVIII, jealous courtiers and scheming royals have the queen caught fast in a tightening trap. Ande her lady-in-waiting is waiting ondeed, consumed with guilt, to take her place on the throne.
Season: July 2,, 9, 13, 17, 23, 26. 2019 at 7.30pm Saturday matinee July 20. 2019 at 1pm.

Whiteley

He burst onto the international art scene, all golden curls and bravado. He was dynamic, damaged, a big idea and a bold brush. With the vivacious Wendy on his arm, Brett Whiteley was magnetic.
He abhorred straight lines, adored drugs, acohol, women. He worked in vivid colour and ravishing curves. Heroin was both muswe and merciless master. Out of this tumultuous life spilled a messy array of brilliant artworks and astonishing self-reflection.
In 2019 this Australian icon meets two of Australian's greatest artists in a brand new work for the
Australian stage. Whiteley by Elena Kats-Chernin snd Justin Fleming, Kate Chernin is peerless among contemporary composers celbrated for her enormous output and music that bursts with colour, life and tenderness. Fleming is a respected playwright and librettist whose work is renowned for itw warmth, wit and poignancy.

Togeter they've created an opera to homour the life and work of a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons.
Season: July 15, 18, 20, 24, 30. 2019 at 7.30pm Saturday matineee July 27. 2019 at 1pm.

Andrea Chénier

Andrea Chénier is in danger of losing his head. As France cowers under the Reign of Terror, the poet is falling madly, passionatley on love.
A gripping dtory based on true events unfolds swiftly in giordano's famous opera, beloved by audiences and performers for ita magnificent arias, tendr love story and dramaic music.
A poet, philospher and defender of the poor, Chénier believes in the ideals of his revolutionary brothers, Liberty! Equality! Fraternity! Now the revolution is over, but La Guillotine hasn't lost her taste for blood. The revolutionaries once so idealistic, are turning on their own to keep her fed.
Season: Thursday evening August 8. 2019 at 7pm. Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

 

Ghost Sonata

At the Ghost's supper, no one can conceal their ugliness, inside or outside, it dwells in us all
Come into the unsettling world of Sondberg's Ghost Sonata, where nothing is as it seems. Bewitched by a woman's beauty and drawn into a stranger's sinister plans, a student enters a handsome house. In that wretched place, food is poison. The dead are alive. Paradise proves rotten inside.
Season: September 11, 12, 13, 14. 2019 at 7pm. Venue: Opera Australia. Scenery Workshop The Opera Centre. Dowson St, Surrey Hills.

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming writing it's not hard to underatand why.
Musically, this is the ultimate ensemble opera, with brilliant trios, quartets, and even a famous sextet. Dramatically it's the opera with everything,lovers nd liasios, sidguises and tricks, lust and laughter.
The Couhntess lves the Count, but he's got designs on his pretty, witthy, servant Susanna. but it;s Susanna's wedding day, and Figaro has no plans of giving up his bride. During the crazy day of disguises, duplicity, desire and utter madness, the Count is going to get is comeuppance.
Season: October 18, 21, 23,. 25, 29, 30. November 1, 2. 2019 at 7pm. Saturday matinee October 26. 2019 at 12pm.

Il Viagggio A Reims

If Rossinin made a showreel of his best work, it would sound like Il Viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims). The prolific composer was unabashadly showing off when he wrote this incredible work, designed to dazzle the aristcracy at the crowning of Charles X and then disappear forever. The simple plot is a marvellous excuse for a string of fantastic arias and impressive ensemble pieces.
Because it;s so demanding ande expensive to stage, it's never been seen in Australia before. But in 2019 Rossini's exultant opera finally makes its Australian premiere, a spectacular vehicle for some of your favourite performers.
In Damiano Michieletto's playful take, the eccentric cast f characters find themselves in a gallery filled with the master works of art history. Velàzquez's enormous dresses jostle for space with Keith Haring's cheerful murals. Frida Kahlo and van Gogh compare self-portraits. It's a surreal worldm where artworks step out of the frame and come to life the moment of lights go out.
Delightful, surprising, spectacular and frivilous this co-production with Dutch National Opera and the Ropyal Danish Theatre is a perfect foil for Rossini's jubilant score.
Gaze at the world's most famous art through magnificent ( and thoroughly tongue-in-cheek) sets and costumes. Paolo Fantin and Carla Teti hacve recreated iconinc works with remarkable fidelity.
Season: October 24, 28, 30. 2019 at 7pm. Saturday October 26. 2019 at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee Novembe 2. 2019 at 12pm.

Pinchgut Opera 2019 Season

The Return of Ulyssess.

by Monteverdi
Season: June 13 - 19. 2019.

Farnace

By Vivaldi
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Vivica

The Queen of Opera in Hasse's Artaderse
Wtih Vivica Genaux, David Hansen, Emily Edmonds, Carlo Vistoli, Andrew Goodwin, Russell Harcourt.
Erin Halyard Conductor. Chas Rader-Shieber Director..
Orchestra of the Antipodes.
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The Ring Cycle

Come on an exhilerating adventure with men and maidens, gods and fragons and swarves. As greed and violence threaten to destory the heavens and earth, a glimmer of hope rises from an unexpected source.
This Wagner's Ring Cycle - the pinnacle of opera - a 25 hour epic performed over four nights.
Enjoy a week in sunny Queensland and see a spectacular new production by visionry Chimese Director Shi-Zenk Cheng.

The Operas

Das Rheingold

The Ring Cycle opens with this magnificent prelude.
The struggle for power and wealth Das Rheingold irrevocably alters the prder of the universe and determines the course of the entire saga.
Running time approximately two hours and 30 minutes with no interval.

Die Walküre

The second opera in the Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous Ride of the Valkyries.
In Das Walküre plunges headlong into the hughlyu emotional world of humanity.
Running time appoximately five hours and 45 minutes including two intervals of 75 and 40 minutes.

Siegfried

The Ring Cycle third part is intensely focused on the fortunes of a sngle figure. Siegfried charts the rise of the son of Siegmund and Sieglinfe into the greatest hero of the age.
Running time approximately six hours, including to intervals of 75 and 30 minutes.

Götterdämmerung

The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung's tale of treachery and destruiction. All seems lost after naked emotion betrays love, and villains outsmart heroes.
Running time: approximately six hours and 40 minutes including two intervals of 90 and 35 minutes.

Season: November 10 - December 5. 2020. Venue: Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

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Aida

Verdi's monumental music makes this historic epic the world's most populsr opera.

David Livermore's radiant production is a thrilling thatrical experience. Fromn the gamous Triumphal Marchto the itimate ending every scene is specatukar.
Opulent costumes and props reflect the splenmdour of Egypt at the height of its powers.
In this special Brisbane event, Francesco Lanzillotta conducts an exciting cast. Magnificent soprano Natalie Aroyan performa as the enslaved princess Aida. Elena Gabouri performs as her rival Amneris and Diego Torre as the man they both love, Radames.
Baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat delighed audiences at the BBCCardiff Singer of the World competition in 215. He sings the commanding role of King Amonasro, the ensl;aved Ethiopean King.
A huge chorus plus 20 dancers and actgors add to the ,assed grandeue on stage.
Season:Novembr 17 - December 4. 2020. Commencing 7.30pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre. Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Running time approximately two hours and 50 minutes.

 

 

 

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