Opera Australia in its 2016 season is celebrating 60 years of Australian Opera.
The Merry Widow
Let's wal;tz, laet's sway the night away.
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.|
A Song to Sing-O
Melvyn Morrow;s musical theatre production portrays the life and times of George Grossmith, the partner singer and early star of Richard D'Pyly Carte's productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
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.
Following the great critical and public success of Tannhauser last year, Melbourne Opera is returning to the Regent Theatre to atage a new production of Richard Wagner;s magnificent, romantic opera Lohnegrin, not performed in Melbourne for 15 years.
Melbourne Opera has once again assembled an all-star cast featuiring international Wagnerian tenor Marius Vlad as Lohengrin, following his celebrated performance as Tannhauser last year, and globally acclaimed Australian opera star Helena Dix as Elsa von Brabant. this will be Helena's first home town perfrmance in 14 years.
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.
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.
Two Weddings One Bride
Twin Girls, one desked |in pink, one blue
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.
For all the the fame and beauty of music of Thais, the best reason to perform thi French opera is to sow off a star soprano with a voice that could turn a monk's attention from chaste disregard to irr4epressible desire.
Sorrow, desire, anger, fear - Verdi's Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera.
Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House to perform one of opera's most challenging roles in a rare concert perforance of Wagner;s final opera.
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.Feruccio furlanetto is that performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice.
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.
Wednesday 7 – Sunday 25 June 2017
Saturday 3, 17 June and 29 July 2017
Natalie Aroyan & José Carbó | Stacey Alleaume, John Longmuir & Agnes Sarkis | Jonathan Abernethy & Anna Dowsley
Adult tickets $85 (fees may apply)
Monday June 5 2017
Adult tickets from $69 (fees may apply)
Saturday 22 and Monday 24 July 2017
Starring Nicole Car
Wednesday 9, Saturday 12 and Monday 14 August 2017
Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 August 2017
Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 September 2017
Adult tickets from $59 (fees may apply)
Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November 2017
Adult tickets from $99 (fees may apply)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. "
"We also hope that Queenslanders can take pride in the fact that their state opera company is not just playing at home anymore. In 2016, OperaQ productions travelled to Leipzig and San Diego, and in October 2017, I;m, delighted to announce that our successful co-production ofThe Barber of Seville, with Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera , will make its US debut. It just goes to show that opera with a Queensland flavour can resonate around the world. "\
The Pearl Fishers
Australia's prima diva Emma Matthews will thrill Brisbane audiences whne she graces the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Bizet's cassic opera, The Pearl Fishers