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Ferruccio Furlanetto - the World's finest Bass.

World-renowned bass Feruccio Furlanetto is bringing his award-winning voice to Australia, performing enchanting repertoire in a concert series in the intimate surrounds of the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Glamorous divas and showy tenors are used to the spotlight, but it's a rare performer who can take a sonorous bass and make it world famous. Ferruccio Furlanetto is that gefted performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice."
He is sought after worldwide from the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala, to sing the conflicted fathers, tortured priests and playful devils of great operatic works.
The Melbourne concert explores the soulful poetry of Russian art song. Only the vast expanse of a Russian winter could inspire Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Rachmaninov's ,moody romances. Somehow the music captures the darkness, cold and longing of a people waiting for the sun, for life and love to return - sparks of light and hope in a bleak night.
Rachmaninov :- Songs include Fate, A Dream, The Lilacs, In the Silent Night, How Faitr this Spot, I was with Her, This Time, Stay Don't Leave Me, Spring Waters.
Musorgsky:- Songs include The leaves are Sacly Rustling, For You the Words of Love, Song of the Old Man. The Night, The Winds are Howling, Songs and Sances of Death. Bookings: 02 9318 8200. www. opera.org.au
Season: October 2. 2017 Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Merry Widow

Let's wal;tz, laet's sway the night away.
It's time for a little roamnce.
There's a fortune at stake -
Which match will he make?
She'll lead you a merry old dance.

The Merry Widow is a delicious confestionl; a light--hearted look at love and the champagne and glitter of Art deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather soes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.|
Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune just after eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society are determined she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze.
But she;s got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate maters, the widow isn't the only one turing heads.
Season: November 15, 16, 17. 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. 2017 Matinee: Saturday November 18 & 25. 2017 at 1pm. Sunday November 19. 2017 at 3pm

2018 Season

Opera Australia will be rolling it out big and bold in Melbourne in 2018 with some of the world's biggest voices taking on dome of the greatest roles in opera.
Preparing the Company's 2018 Melbourne Season at the Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednseday August 23, Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said he's looking forward to an exciting program with some extraordinary artists and fabulous productions.
"We have some of hte finest conductors, singers and directors, it will be an outstanding season, especially our Australian premiere of Kasper Holten's staging of Die Meistersinger von Nünberg.
"Melburnians have shown they have a passion for the big iconic German operas in the past so were sure they will wmbrace this one, It's Wagner at his biggest and best," said Terracini.
The 2018 season will be a showcase of what a world renowned opera company such as Opera Australia is capoable - a company that is widely respected on the world stage, and attracks the finest international artists, many of whome return to perform time afte time.
Stefan Vinke, hailed as the world's greatest Siegrfried, returns after his Ring Cycle triumph in 2016 to perform Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nünberg along with other Ring Cycle alumni James Johnson and Pietsri Inkinen.
In addition the remarkable local talent who wowed audiences with their outstanding performances in The Ring will be back to exercise their Wagner vocals inclufing Warwick Fyfe, Cominica Matthews, Daniel Sumegi, Graeme Macfarlane and Luke Gabbedy.
OA will also be hosting, arguably the world's finest bass, Frerruccio Furlanetto who brings his celebrated interpretation of Don Quichotte to Melbourne for the first time, And OA is thrilled to have stunning American soprano Corinne Winters who is making her Australian debut and is guaranteed ti make a big impact.
"I'm also particularly excited about the powerhouse performers inTosca, Latonia Moore, Diego Torre and Marco Vratogna, they are going to bring the hous3e down," said Terracini.
Plus there are OA's resident super-stars in the making, who are stepping up and spreading their vocal wings into morr challenging leading roles such as Natalie Aroyan, Sian Pendry and Michael honeyman who enthralled audiences with their performances in 2017/

Opening the Melbourne summer season is Mazda Opera at the Bowel. The most famous arias, under the stars and it is free.
It's a Saturday evening in summer. You're sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music begins.
Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, ding opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria,
Dress up - or not - it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communsl, culteral celebration that Melbourne loves best.
Seasonz: Saturday December 2, 2017 at 8pm. Venue: Sidney Myer Music Bowel! Free no need to book.

Autumn 2018

La Traviata

Violetta wears velvet and lace and drinks the very best chapagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company desired. She's free and free-sprited, living outside society's bounds, and for this courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?
Season: April 17, 21, 23, 30, May 2, 4, 8, 11. 2018 Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.

Tosca

Three ominous chords ring out if the orchestra pit and the mood is set. On stage, the soaring marble columns are brilliant ith ight, but somewhere out of sight, a shadow looms>
A runaway prisoner bursts into the chapel, and the opera takes off: a grippinjg tale of love, lust and betrayal unfolding at breakneck speed.
Tosca has everything; a real and worldly love, an extraordinary heroine and the greatest villain in all of opera.
Season: April 24. 26. 28. May 1, 10. 2018 Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne

Don Quichotte

Ferruccio Furlanetto

From a time when men were brave and bold comes the dreamer Don Quichotte. He chases bandits. tilts at windmills. Serenades pretty girls.
He's a hero like the knights of old, pursuing dreams the world forgot.
It takes a special performer to make you fall in love with this eccentric character. Ferruccio Furlanetto's Don Quichote is famous.
He takes the dreams and delusions of the famous knight-errant and paints an earnest and endearing man out of time.
Furlaneeto's Don Quichotte id brimful of whimsey and bursting with bravery. His sonorous bass findes all the colours if Massenet's lush, romantic score.
Season: May 3, 5, 9. 2018 Matinee Saturday May 12 at 1pm.

Spring 2018

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner's beloved comedy takes a joyful look at the art of music itself: what is wrong, what is right, and who decides.
The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He's an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn't know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest cong ever made.
Enter Hans Sachs: master singer, cobbler, and the beating human heart of this opera. He offers the newcomer all his warmth and wisdom, knowing it will cost his own chance to win.
Hans Sachs is a prized tour de force for a baritone with a rich voice and absorbing stage presence. James Johnson keads a huge, exciting cast includning Stefan Vinke, Warick Fyfe and Natalie Aroyan.
After his triumphs with the Ring Cycle Pietari Inkinen returns to conduct the magnificnet score.
Season: November 13, 19, 22. 2018Venue: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.

La Bohème

The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with comething you've never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. the growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can't last forever.
Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music - music that soars with the ecstacy if love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.
Season: November 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 30. 2018/ Venue; State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.

Metamorphosis

Gregor ia a broken man,. exhausted by eternak work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning, he wakes and is not a man at all.
Kafka's grotesque tragedy of a man turned insect is an engrossing story. Music adds an edgy intensity: Matamorphosis as opera is riveting, shattering , morbidly fascinating theatre.
Season: October 25. 26/ Matinee at 2pm October 27. Venue: The Coopers Malthose 113 Sturt St. Southbank.

 
 

 

 

Chamber Made Opera
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Co-Opera
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Cordella's Potted Opera
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Don Giovanni

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre 101 Glen Huntley Rd. Elwood. August 30, 31 & September 1, 2. 2017.


Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria
Bookings: 03 8470 8280

2017 Season

The Pirates of Penzance

Teh perennial favourite Gilbert & Sullivan opera featuring Mabel and her female followers encounter wih an infamous band of pirates from the Cornish coastal town of Penzance, with the hilarious consequences.
Season: October 26. 2017 at 8pm. October 26. 2017 at 2pm and 8pm October 29. 2017 at 5pm. Venue: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre cnr St. Georges Rd. and Bell St. Preston.

 


 

 

Melbourne Opera
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Opera Studio
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Savoy Opera
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Victorian Opera

Bookings: 1300 723 038

The Black Rider

Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs' cult musical fable has become one of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premeired in 1990. Finding itsd roots in German folklore Cer Freischûtz (also the basis for Weber's opera), the story follows a file clerk's obsession to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. Howeverm the Devil's bargain is always a foo;'s bargain. An allegory of adduction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burrough's pwn life.
Season: September 15 - October 8. 2017. Venue: Merilyn theatre. The Coopers Malthouse.

The Second Hurricane

In a storm-ravaged American town, a group of high school students offer their help to a nearby county before becoming stranded in the wake of a second hurricae. Through trial and tribulationm, the teenagers must learn to workk togther f they're going to survive.
Aaron Copland's work was originally written for students when it premered in New York in 1937. Eighty years on, The Second Hurricane makes ints Victorian Opera debut as the company's youth opera for 2017 as part of our Education program, It will be performed by a cast of singers aged 15 - 25 together with dtudents from Victorian Opera's Youth Chorus Ensemble.
Season: October 6 - 15. 2017. Venue: Hamer Hall Victorian Arts Centre.

Taltarni - Opera in Concert

Taltarni and Victorian Opera invites you to a concert with the most recognisable, loved and loathed characters from across opera stages - a concert with opera's Heroes and Villains. From the villainous Don Fiovani to the fearless Tamino and devishly cunning Barber of Seville, you will hear Rossini, Verdi and Mozart with beloved and well-known music from operas,. such as The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, Turandot and Carmen.
Delight in a three-course dinner with award winning Taltarni wines and be mesmerised by Australioa's most exciting operatic talent performing opera's most passionate ariass, duetd snd ensembles akongside Victoria Opera's live chamber orchestra.
|Season: October 21. 2017.
VINEYARD GLAMPING - Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you glamo in the vineyard for the ultimate winery experience - with tickets to the Taltarni opera concert gala dinner included.

Friday Ocotober 20 - Sunday October 22. 2017.

There's no such thing as camping at Taltarni, but there is a Vineyard Glamping. Imagine sleeping under the stars in a stunning bell tent surrounded by nature, with all the home comforts, and a shared outdoor area to indulge in the spectacular Taltarni scenery, sunset and stargazing.
Glamping includes: two nights Vineyard Glamping. - Bedding, towels, cudhiond, lanterns and heater Full bathroom shared between two tents. Breakfast haper each morning,
Friday Night - Complimentary platters in Cellar Dooor.
Saturday Night Opera Gala tickets for each person.
Transport between Vineyard Glamping and Opera events
A weekend of thje winery life, Taltarni style

$400 per person gets you twin share , 1 queen bed.
$300 per person gets you quad share 2 double beds.

Venueu: Taltarni Vineyards and Winery 339 Taltarni Road Moonambel Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoestring Opera|
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OPERA AUSTRALIA SYDNEY
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2017 Season

Ferruccio Furlanetto the World's Finest Bass

World-renowned bass Ferruccio Furlanetto is bringing his awars-winning voice to Australia performing enchanting repertoire in a concert series in te intimate surrounds of the City Recital Hall.
Glamerous divas and showy tenors are used to the spotlight, but it's a rare performer who can take a sonorous bass and make it world famous, Ferruccio Furllanetto is that performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice.
He is sought after worldwide, from the Metroplitan Opera to La Scala, to sing the conflicted fathers, tortured priests and playful devils of great operatic works.
In the Sydney first concer in September 27, Furlanetto's powerful interpretation of Schubert's stunning song cycle, Winterreise captures the energy, despair and sensula longing of the work. Audiences are asked to take the journey with him as he traverses a cold winter landscape, along with Tchetuev's piano.
The second Sydney concert explores the soulful poetry of Russian art song. Only the vast expanse of a Russian winter could inspire Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Rachminov's moody romances. Somehow, the music captures the darkness, cold and longing for a people waiting for the sun, for life and love to return - sparks of light and hope on a bleak night.
Concert No 1. Schubert - Winterreiisse. Wednseday September 27. 2017 Venue: City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

Concert No 2. Rachmaninov - Fate, A Dream, The Lilacs, In the Silent Night, How Fair this spot, I Was With Her, This time,Stay don't Leave Me, Spring Waters.
Mussorgsky - The Leaves ar Surely Rustling, For You the Words of Love, Song of the Old Man, The Night, The Winds are Howling, Songs and Dances of Death.
Friday September 29. 2017 Venue: City Recital Hall, Angel Place.


Two Weddings One Bride

Twin Girls, one desked |in pink, one blue
Plan to marry shitors
brave and true
A wedding could save
thier father's bacon, too
If those damn pirates
will just go away...

The governor is ina pickle. those banker's are so fickle. He's stretched the state purse a little too far and is creditors will come a-knocking. But twin daughters he's got, so he hatches a plot, which might save him from a royal bollicking. A double wedding could save the day, but when pesky pirates get in the way, it's up to Giroflé to make things okay.
All your favourite oeretta, waltzes, pokkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kalmán come together in this raucas comedy.
Two Weddings, One Bride is a brand new operetta created by Robert Greene, based on a story by Charles Lecocq.
Season: . October 12, 133, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 2017 Sunday evenings a 5pm. October 15, 22. Wednesday Matinees at 1pm May 3, 10, 17. June 14, 21. October 18.

Madama Butterfly

A young Japanese geisha falls head-over-heels in love with her new American husband. she believes their love is real, even afer three years without a word from him. Everyone around her knows the truth. They try to convince her to move on but she won't. She can't. Rejected by her past, and forgotten by the man she loves, she waits.
Madama Butterfly is one of the world's most famous love stories and this legendary production has been performed in Sydney more than any other. The set and costume design is inspired by Japan and the combination of word, water, silk and flame is astonishingly elegant. Now it comes to the Capital theatre for a short season.
Season: October 24, 25, 26, 7, 28, 31. November 1, 2, 4. Saturday Matinee November 4 at 1pm. Sunday Matinee October 29 at 3pm.

Opera Australia is bidding a heartfelt farwell to one of the most lovd productions in its history, Moffatt Oxenbould's magnificent Madama Butterfly with a final two week season at the Capitol Theatre.
Premiering in 1997, this production of Madama Butterfly as been performed more than any other production in Opera australia's repertoire. It has been universally praised for its sheer beauty, the gorgeous costumes, evocative sets and Puccini's magnificent music. They all come togehter to cfreate a magical orduction that should not be missed.
|It'll be terrific to stage this final season of Moffat's Madama Butterfly in the Capitol Theatre, which lends itself so well to opera.
The elegance of the theatre itself, the sheer scale of the venuie, the big it - we haven't doner an opera at the Capitol in 13 years, so it'll be a grand event and fitting farewell to this beautiful production," says Opera Australia's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM.
Designed around silk, fire, water and wood, Oxenbould's legendary production will feature celebrated South Jorean soprano Karah Son making her Australian debut as Cio-cio San.
San will also be joined in the role by Opera Australia soprano Hyeseoung Kwon along with Australia's favourite tenor, the incredible Diego Torre along with spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi who eill share the tole of Pinkerton.

Two Weddings, One Bride

 

Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 September 2017
Australian First - Ferruccio Furlanetto (Schubert, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky)
City Recital Hall, Angel Place

Adult tickets from $59 (fees may apply)

Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November 2017
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Capitol Theatre

Adult tickets from $99 (fees may apply)

New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House

Ringside seats to the greatest show on earth are hard to come by, but Opera Australia have saved some great ones and your invited.
Choose between two performancel a full performance of The Merry Widow or the entertaining Opera Gala, deaturing opera;s greatest hits from Nessun dorma to the can-can.
Then with a heart full f cong, watch the fireworks the whole world watches, interval is timed for the 9pm fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks.
There's nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year's Eve and there's nowhere closer to the action than the Sydney Opera House.

PACKABE OPTIONS:
Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for The Merry Widow or the Opera Gala.


PRE-PERFORMANCE DINNER $399
Dine on a three-course menu, designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, matched with prmium wines and beverages n the Northern Foyer from 5.30pm

MIDNIGHT PARTY $329
Canapés. drinks and live entertainment from 10.30pm, with niews of the midnight fireworks from the Northern Foyers.

PLATINUM PACKAGE $1399
Pre-performance dinner, Premium seats at the performance of your choice, a program, drink at interval, and the Midnight Party.

2018 Season

The Merry Widow

Hanna is newly wealthy, newly widowed and suddenly she's the hottest catch in town.
Dapper gents are lining up for a place on her dance cars, but the beguiling widow has eyes for only one man: the one that got away.
International star Canielle de Niese returns to her homelan to play the bubbly, beautiful widow, in advertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage,
She's lookng for love, but the widow is not the only one turning heads, There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romaneces.Grseme Murohy brings his spirited chorepography and direction to this glamerous production.
Season: New Yaer's eve Decembe 31. at 8pm. January 3 - February 3. 2018 except Australia Day January 26. 2018. Evenings at 7.30pm. Monday evenings at 6.30pm

Mazda Opera in the Domain

It's a tradition:every year thousands f Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.
Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magificent backing of the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Dress-up or not - it's your night to enjoy the power of he human voice in the kind of communal, culteral celebration that Sydney loves best.
Season: January 13. 2018 at 8pm.

Carmen

In the colourful streets of a colonial city, Carmen is a red hot spark.
She sings her siren song, and suddenly Don Josés wrld is alight with a volatile fire.
this vibrant production of Bizet's opera features gypsy girls and bull-fighting boys in eye-popping colours. there are smugglers in suits, parades and punches, lust and loathing aplentyu.
And underneath those irresistable Spanish tumes, the dark undercurrent of fate pulses. Carmen knows she is dancinge with death.
John Bell's production is a bold look at the intense relationships at the heart of Bizet's famous opera. It hones in on the wild love that promises freedom, while binding the lovers in an unbreakable web of fate.
Paolo Carignani conducts the vivacious Rinat Shaham as opera's favourite femme fatale, with Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente as Don José and Michael Honeyman as Escamillo.
Season: February 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27. March 15, 17, 23. 2018. Evenigns at 7.30pm MatineeMarch 10. 2018 at 1pm.

 

The Nose

When Shostakov released his debut opera into the world a t the tender age of 20, his brilliance was as plain as the nose on his face.
He used every musical trick in the book (and quite a few that werec't) to tell this amusing tale: here a raucous percussion ensemble, here amaniacal gallop, there a Lyrical chorus. This eclectic parade of styles put a few noses out of joint, but sniff as they might, not even the establishment coud deny that here was a virtuoso at work.
The frenetic score springs entirely from the action on stage, as a lowly official chases his gallivanting nose arouns town. It's a zany, hyperactive cabaret with mor than 80 named parts (including the nose itself).
Who better to direct than the outrageously inventive Barrie Kosky, the Australian dorector of berlin's Komische Opera. Reviewers called this co-production witht he Royal Opera House "terrifically realised, brilliantly inventive and highly entertaing: (The Spectator).
Andrea Molino conducts a massive cast including M<artin winkler, John tomlinso and Alexander Lewis. They perform in English in a new translation by David Poutney.
Season: February 21, 23, 26, 28.2018 at 7.30pm Matinee Mach 3. 3018 at 1pm.

La Traviata

Valetta wears velve and lace and drinks the very best chanpagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company desired. She's free and free-spitited, living outside society's bounds, and for this courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?
La Traviats is so popular because it puts a life we can only dream of on stage, with itsd risqué glamour. joys and sorrows.
Verdi'a music sings of freedom with flyiong melodies, makes merry with rousing drinking songs and leaves us, at the last, with passionate duets between breaking hearts.
Season: March 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 20, 22, 24, 27. 2018. at 7.30pm. Matinee Saturday March 17. 2018 at 1pm.

Don Quichotte

Ferruccio Furlanetto

From a time when men were brave and bold comes the dreamer Don Quichotte. He chases bandits. tilts at windmills. Serenades pretty girls.
He's a hero like the knights of old, pursuing dreams the world forgot.
It takes a special performer to make you fall in love with this eccentric character. Ferruccio Furlanetto's Don Quichote is famous.
He takes the dreams and delusions of the famous knight-errant and paints an earnest and endearing man out of time.
Furlaneeto's Don Quichotte id brimful of whimsey and bursting with bravery. His sonorous bass findes all the colours if Massenet's lush, romantic score.
Season: March 16, 19, 21, 26, 28. 2018. at 7.30pm Matinee Saturday marc 24 at 1pm.

 

La Bohème

2018 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia is continuing its hugely successful Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series with the announcement of a new three-year agreement with Destination N.S.W., commewncing in 2018 with Puccini's much-loved La Bohème.
Described as one of the top four opera open-air events in the world b Signature Luxury Travel and Style magazine, the annual event is a highlight off he Australian culteral calendar, attracting more than 250,000 attendees from arround Australia and across the globe over the past six years.
|Season: March 23 - April 22. 2018.

Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia is a woman on the edge of insanity: decieved by her brother, berefit of her lover, ahe marris a man she does not love and deacends into madness.
The sopranos that conquer her stratospheric notes are spe of the greatest the world has ever seen. Jessica Pratt has joined the ranks of Nelli Melba, Joan Sutherland: one of just three great Australians to sing this role on the hallowed La Scala stage.
Now she returns home to make her Sydney Opera House debut.
Passions run hot on the cold moors of Scotland, and Donizetti traces every moment with exquisite music.
The scre is full of highlights, but none compare with the dazzling coloratura of Lucia;s mad scene.
The blood-covered bride emerges from her chamber a vocal whirling dervish, while the glass harmonica plays in haunting accompaniment.
Season: June 28, 30. July 3, 13, 19, 21, 23, 27. 2018 at 7.30pm Matinee Saturday at 1pm.

Rigoletto

From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything;: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, list and revenge.
And the music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tumes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his premiere cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy 'La donna è mobile' outside of rehearsals.
The morning after Rigoletto's triumphant premirere , that melody rang out in the streets: a hit foreverafter. The title character Verdi called the"greatest creation" in the history of theatre had found a home in a masterpiece of music.
Leo Nucci is the mostr famous interpreter if Rigoletto in a generation. He brings his legendary performance as the bitter court jester to Australia for the first time, with Gianluca Terranova and Irma Lungu under the baton of verdi veteran, Renato Palumbo, Dalibor Jenis, Nadine Sierra and Atalla Ayan are a dream alternaive cast.
Season: July 6, 11, 14, 17, 20, 25,. August 2, 4, 8, 14, 17, 21, 24. 2018. at 7.30pm Matinee Saturdays at 12.30pm on July 28 ans ugust 11. 2018.


Aida

Verdi's monumental, transcedent music makes this historic epic a perennial favourite. Opera australia's new production comes from the celbrated Italian director Davide Livermore.
He is renowned for high-tech, projected sets so tangible, it is hard to believe they are just light and shadow. Immersive, impressive, intimate - this is the future of spectacle on stage.
thrilling young conductor Andrea Battisroni returns to lead this production. Three magnificent casts perform Verdi's difficult leads. You don't want to miss the stunning soprano of Amber Wagner, paired with Richard Gabouri as Amneris and Ricardo Massi as Radamès.
Later in the season, rising star Natalie Aroyan takes on her dream role, and Clementine Margine, Milijana Nikolic, Siego Torre and Yonghoon join the all-star line-up.
Season; July 18, 24, 26, 28. August 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29, 31. 2018. at 7.30pm Saturday Matinees July 21. August 24, 25. 2018 at 1pm.

The Turk in Italy

From Italy's greatest master of laughs comes a riotous comedy with a knockout score.
It skips and sparkles from the gruffest of bass notes to the impossibly high realms of Stacey Alleaume's coloratura.
Andrea Molino leads a cracjing team of comic talents including Paolo Bordpgna in his side-splitting performance as the Turk. Simon Phillips' playful production wrings every last laugh from Rossini's ridiculous romp.
Gabriela Tylesova's gelato-coloured costumes and clever, cartoonish sets are stars in their own right: a candied cherry on top of this rather outrageous ice-cream sundae.
Season: August 10, 15, 23, 25, 28, 30. September 1. 2018 Evening at 7.30pm Matinee August 15, 2018at 12.30pm

Evita

After sell-out productions including South Pacific, The King and I and most recently the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady, Opera Australia once again re-create one of the greatest works of musical theatre; the original West End production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Evita directed by Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
This musical captured the attention of the public when it was dirst staged in 1978 and in its 40th year and Andrew Lloyd Weber;s 70th year, Opera Australia is thrilled to bring this masterpiece to Australia in all its original glory.
Evita charts the storyof Eva Peronm wife of former Argentine dicator Juan Peron.
From her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation'.
Season: September 18 - November 3. 2018. Venue: sydney Opera HOuse. Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm Sunday at 3pm.

Metamorphosis

Gregor ia a broken man,. exhausted by eternak work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning, he wakes and is not a man at all.
Kafka's grotesque tragedy of a man turned insect is an engrossing story. Music adds an edgy intensity: Matamorphosis as opera is riveting, shattering , morbidly fascinating theatre.

Season: Septenber 26, 27, 28, 29. 2018 Evenings at 7pm VenueL Sceery Workshop The Opera Centre Dawson St. Surry Hills.

 


 
 

Opera Australia
On Tour
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Madame Butterfly

 

Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across culturesm across oceans, across timer.
Puccini's popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled qith gorgeous music, from the lovers' first enbrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria One Fine Day and the Humming Chorus along with Japanes and American music hemes.
A man enchanted by the beauty of the East.
A woman in love with the promise of the West.
Seperated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?

Venues & Seasons:
Tamworth August 4. 2018
Armidale August 9. 2018
Port Macquarie August 11. 2018
Newcastle August 14. 2018
Bathurst August 16. 2018
Parramatta August 18. 2018
Wollongong August 22 & 23. 2018
Dubbo August 25. 2018
Orange August 28. 2018
Wagga Wagga August 30. 2018
Albury September 4. 2018

ACT tour dates

Canberra Theatre Centre September 6 - 8. 2018.

 


Pinchgut Opera

Handel's Messiah

A Boy - A Queen - A Murder
With Emma Pearson, Miriam Alan, Clint van der Linde, Brenton Spiteri, David Greco
Erin Helyard Conductor. Lindy Hume Director.
Cantillation and Orchestra of the Antipodes.
Season: Thusrday June 21, at 7pm. Saturday
June 23 at 2pm. Sunday June 24 at 5pm Tuesday June 26, at 7pm 2018

 

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.
Season: Thursday November 19 at 7pm. Saturday December 1 at 2pm. Sunday December 2 at 5pm. Tuesday December 4 at 7pm. Wednesday December 5 at 7pm. 2018.


 


OPERA QUEENSLAND
Bookings: Qtix 13 42 46

 

OPERA QUEENSLAND STSRTS SEARCH FOR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR.

The Board of Opera Queensland has begun a national and international search for a successor to Lindy Hume, as Mrs Hume prepares to step down at the beginning of 2018 after nearly six years n the role.
Operra Q Chair Dr Sally Pitkin said the seaarch presented a rare opportunity fo the right person to make a unique contribution to the sulteral lifer of Queensland by bringing their artistic vision, leadership and a deep understanding of opera to the state's flagship opera company.
|"Queensland offers an artistic environment unlike anywhere else in the world, spanning an area five times the size of Victoria." Dr Pitkin said.
' OperaQ provides a variety of opera experiences and works with communities across this diverse state from Brisbane to Cape York, We are looking for candidates who will embrace this excioting chllenge.
The board is looking for someone who has the skills, experience, netwrks and passion to build on the transformative work done by Lindy Hume'. Dr Pitkin said.
"Over the last few yaers, OperaQ,. like every opera company worldwide has undegone a rigerous process of self-examination and reca;ibratedartistic artistic programs t ensure the art form's future.
"During Lindy's tenure, not only have we seen the company return to financial sustainability - OperaQ posted a surplus in 2015 and expects to do so again this year - but artistically it has flourished at home and overseas".
The new Artistic Director will build on new audience initiavetes that have seen thousands of people see an opera for thef first time, and the groundbreaking regional participation projects like Project Puccini and Project Rossini, for which we have become known across Australia.
"We are looking for a proven culteral leader who can continue the change and transformation agenda and who cnn demonstrate their vision for and comitment to main stage opera, regional, community ad educational enagement>" Dr Pitkin said.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm AEST Friday February 3 2017. More information is available at www.aegeus.asia/operaq

 

2017 Season

The 2017 season contains lush grnad opera. Victorian gothic, madness, Boundary-pushing collaborations and stylish soirees would feasture in Artistic Director Lindy Hume's ptogram fpor the company.
As well as mainstage producvtions from Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, a range of smaller events in 2017 will please opera lovers and new audiences looking for more intimate and immersive ezperiences, as well as those who want a peekj behind the scenes or even wish to take their turn on stage.
For the third year running, OperaQ will continue its $25 ticket initative, designed to encourage first-timers to try opera for the price of a beer and pizza. Since 2015, more than 6000 people have taken advantage of the affordable seats with thee-quarters reporting they had never bought an opera ticket before.
Kicking off the year on April 7. 2017 is Sensory - a special music-meets-art creation featuring a series of live performances by OperaQ artists in Brisbane;s Gallery of Modenr Art;s (GOMA) glrious gallery spaces, with canapés and drinks as part of the gallery's 10th birthday celebrations.
Inthe Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from May 15 to June 3. 2017 OperaQ will present Bizet's exotic, colonial Ceylon inspired masterpiece The Peralfishers. Directed by Michael Gow, with designs by Robert Kemp and Matthew Scott, the production features Australia's multi Helpmann Award winning prima diva Emma Matthews, tenor Aldo Di Toro, bass Andrew Collis, and London-based Australian baritone Graqnt Doyle, under the baon f French specialist Emmanuel Joel-Hornak.

Artistic Director Lindy Hume will turn her flair for directing quirky comedy on Gilbert & Sullivan'sRuddigore, or The Witches Curse, in the Playhouse, QPAC from July 14 - 26. 2017. this new production reunites the stars of her critically acclaimed 2015 production of Candide. Bryan Probets and Christine Johnston, with a versatile cast of actors/singers including Kanen Breen, Natalie Peluso and Jason Barry-Smith, in a sepia-tinted world of gothic horror and Vistoriana created by designer Richard Roberts.
Accompanying the mainstage shows, will be pre-performance talks, dinners and special rooftopn themed evenings - the "Spiuce Market" for The Pearlfisners, An Afternoon with Jason Barry-Smith and Friends will ofer an intimate musical matinee with the OperaQ star, promising humour, backstage anecdotes and special guests.

The iconic Opera at Jimbour returns on July 22. 2017 as part of Queensland Music Festival, and is expected to draw thousands of loyal audience members, armed with icnics, to enjoy beautiful music al fresco in the magificent Darling Downs. this year, a new semi-staged version of Franz Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow will star David Hobson ad Count Danilo and Emily Burke as Hannah Glawari. Audience members will be able to participate in a pre-show rehearsal and then join in the 'Villa; chorus fpor the concert.

From August 4 - 12. 2017 in QPAC's Cremorne Theatre, OperaQ joind forces with Expression Dance Company (EDC) for MozartAirborne, clebrating the beauty and complexity of the composer's most sublime arias and ensembles. The premiere production will feature OperaQ artists and virtuosic pianist Alex Raineri onstage with EDC dancers performing new works by some of Australia's most exciting cotemporary shoreographers, all under the guidance of EDC's Natalie Weir and OperaQ's Lindy Hume.

OperaQ has just retired its hugely successful school hit Fizz!. based on The Elixir of Love, which was seen by more than 23,999 children over a three-year run. Nt resting on its laurels, the company is again partnering with shake and stir theatre co to produce a brand-new production of NHansel & Gretel, based on the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. this classic story celebrates the resourcefulness of the siblings Hansel and Gretel when they find themselves lost in the forest. It is showing for a school holiday season from September 27 0 30.2017 at the OperaQ studio during a 10-week tour to primary schools across the state.

The mighty Opera Queenswland chorus will raise the roof in the Queenslande Symphony Orchestra, OperaQ and QPAC presentation of Carmen in Concert on November 23 and 25. 2017 in the Concert Hall, QPAC, featuring Australian debuts fdrom internationally acclaimed stars Vesselina Kasarova and Andrea Caré. And on October 28. 2017, due to increased demand for tickets, OperaQ's popular annual Gala, themed Opera Exotica in 2017, will move to the larger space of the Sofitel Brisbane.

Throughout the ear OperaQ will continue to reach out to th community with its successful Opera Stage program, with multiple workshops for adults, teenagers and school groups on offer across the year. Each year this unique program gives people of all ages and interests the chance top learn performance skills and buiild confidence in their abilities with OperaQ's team od artists. Participants could join the cast of An afternoon with Jason Barry-Smith and Friends on the Lyric Theatre stage at QPAC, or perform in a Christmas-themed celebration. Ther is also the innovative Sing Story free program where an OperaQ artist-in-residence provisdes primary school students with their first experience f the art form through deconstructing well-known operas before qriting and performing thei own work/

OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume said that over the last five years the company had listened to audiences and responded with programming that celebrates the unique qualities of Queensland.

As a contemporary opra company. OperaQ should reflect our time and place, and look to the future, while celebrating the riches of an opera repertoire spanning more than 400 years", Ms Hum said.

"In 2017, we have tried to find new creative ways of engaging with pur communities whether that's collaborating with an award-winnig dance company, cdelebrating the 10-year birthday of our internationally renowned modern art gallery or helping hundreds of people find their voices through public workshops. There is something in next year;s program for everyone to enjoy. "


 

Opera Australia
2017

Aida

A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous Triumphal March will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.

Fancy a break on the Gold Coast? Plan it for September and combie days spent relaxing with a spectacular outdoor production of Aida on Coolangatta Beach in the evening.
It is a night at the theatre, re-imagined for the kind of evening where you couldn't bear to go insside. A huge cast and orchestra perform Verdi's famous music in a new production featuring fireworks of the vocal and exploding kind, colourful costumes and local surf life savers parading past you on the sand.
Season: September 21. 22. 23, 28, 29, 30. 2017 at 6.30pm
Running time approxiamatley 2 hours and 40 minutes including one 30 minute interval.
The site opens at 5pm with food and drink. Strictly no BYO alcohol. For comfort ofpatrons only low beanch chairs will be permitted.

Opera Australia onTour
2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in English with a live chamber orchestra The Marriage of Figaro is designed to captivate audiences od all ages across Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australia.
Not only does each town have the opportunity to attend the opera, younger residents also have the chance to become part of the cast. Opera australia is continuing its community engagement program, providing hundreds of children the chance to be traiend and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children;s Chorus program. Local children will learn to sing music from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in their town. They'll lthen rehearse with the artists and join them on stage in costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australioa's finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children's Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia's Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by the local choir leaders.
Venues and Dates: Pilbeam theatre Rockhampton Wednesday July 12 at 7.30pm

Townsville Civic Theatre. Townsville Friday July 14 & Saturday July 15 at 7.30pm

Empire Theatre Toowoomba Tuesday July 18 at 7.30pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast Gold Coast Thursday July 20. Friday July 21 at 7.30pm, Saturday July 22 at 1.30pm

Noosa Leisure Centre Noosa/ Saturday July 25 at 7.30pm.

Munro Martin Parklands Cairns Saturday July 29 at 7.30pm

   

 


Adelaide Festival Theatre

State Opera of South Australia



 

Dunstan Playhouse


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Carmen with Victorian Opera and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

In 2017 Victorian Opera (VO) iss teaming up with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) to presenmt a star-studded one-night only concert performance of Bizet's opera Carmen on the stage of Federation Concert Hall in Hobart.
Under the baton of Tasmanina Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Directoe , Marko Letonja, the international cast includes Elena Maximovain the title role with Marcelo Puente as Don José. Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo and Emma Pearson as Michaëla.
Season: August 11 - 13. 2017.



Northern Territory

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in English with a live chamber orchestra The Marriage of Figaro is designed to captivate audiences od all ages across Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australia.
Not only does each town have the opportunity to attend the opera, younger residents also have the chance to become part of the cast. Opera australia is continuing its community engagement program, providing hundreds of children the chance to be traiend and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children;s Chorus program. Local children will learn to sing music from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in their town. They'll lthen rehearse with the artists and join them on stage in costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australioa's finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children's Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia's Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by the local choir leaders.

Venues and Dates:

Arulien Arts Centre Alice Springs. Saturday August 5 at 7.30pm

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin Thuursday August 10 at 1pm & Friday August 11 at 7.30pm

 

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in English with a live chamber orchestra The Marriage of Figaro is designed to captivate audiences od all ages across Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australia.
Not only does each town have the opportunity to attend the opera, younger residents also have the chance to become part of the cast. Opera australia is continuing its community engagement program, providing hundreds of children the chance to be traiend and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children;s Chorus program. Local children will learn to sing music from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in their town. They'll lthen rehearse with the artists and join them on stage in costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australioa's finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children's Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia's Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by the local choir leaders.

Venues and Dates:

Albany Entretainment Centre Albany. Tuesday August 15 at 7/3-pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Thursday August 17 at 7.3-pm

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Mandurah Saturday August 19 at 7/30pm

Queeen's Park Theatre Geraldton. Tuesday August 22 at 7.3-pm




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