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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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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 the 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 partiularly 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/

 

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.

Evita

Starring Tina Arena.

After sell-out productions incliding Soputh Pacific, The King and I and most recently the 60th anniversary production of My Fair lady, we once again re-create ne of the greatest works of musical theatre: the original West End production of Andrew Lloyd Weber'sEvita, directed by Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
Featuring some of Andrew Lloyd Weber's best-loved songs including Con't Cry for Me Aregntina, On thiss Night of a Thoudans Stars, YouMust Love Me and and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from humble beginnings through to thr extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralses as the 'spiritual leader of the nation".

Season opens December 5. 2018

Mazda Opera in the Bowel

The mosrt famous arias under the stars - FREE

It's a Saturday evening in spring. You're sitting in the [arl with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner.
The picture os complete when the glorious live music ben=gins.
Hear Opera Australia's brightests stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.
Dress up...or not...it's your right to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, culteral celebration Melbourne loves best.
Season: Saturday November 24. 2018.
Venue: Sydney Myer Music Bowel.

2019 Season

Rigoletto

He's hideus. He's hated. He's untouchable. But in this shimmering world of secrets and seduction, can he keep the one he loves most safe?
From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story has everything, royality, loyality, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge.
And the Music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tunes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his premier cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy La donna è mobile outside of rehearsals,
The morning of Rigoletto's triumphant premeire, that melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after. the title character Verdi called the " greaqtest creation" in the hisdtory of theatre had found a hoe in a masterpiece of music.
eliph Moshisky's much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumesm and scene-stealing car. The revolving dollhouse-style set gives a cinematic detail to scene.
Andrea Licata returns to conduct an exciting cast of international and homegrown stars. Melbourne soprano Stacy Alleaume makes her debut ad Gilda with Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbut, who won the Audience Prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, ads Rigoletto.
Remarkable young Armenina tenor Liparit Avetisyan sings the Duke f Mantua and Teddy Tahu Rhodes show his dark side as the assassin Sparafucile.
Season: May 11, 15, 22, 25, 27, 29. Sunday matinee at 12.30pm May 18. 2019. Evenings at 7.30pm

Così fan tutte

Mozart's opera about testing fidelty in an intriguig story set to music of impossible beaquty. Two mwn disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other's lover in an elaborate rse to in a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philospher Don Alfonso.
Absurd? Yes, but Mozart's luninous music takes the absurd and makes it sublime.
Come along for a mnerry ride and you'll see that under the veil of farce id a p\oignant drama about love,faith, loss and sex.
Acclaimed director Sir David MdVicar swets the bittersweet romaqntic comedy in the early 1900s, just prior to WW I changed the world forever. Moritz Junge's ravishing costumes and sun--bathed set designs add to the beauty on stage.
Leading maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson makes her Austrlian debut.
Season: May 14, 18, 21, 23. 2019 Saturday matinee at 12.30pm May 25, 2019. Evenings at 7pm.

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: May 24, 28, 39. 2019 at 7pm. Saturday matinee at 12.30pm.


West Side Story

The moment the curtain went up on West Side Story on Broadway in 1957, musical theatre changed forever.
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time the genius of West Side Story's crators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece.
Bernstein's lyrical and evocative score features unforgettable sngs including Maria, tonight, somewhere, America and Feel Pretty, that have been universally adored for generations, proving this iconic dance musical remains as sprited, achingly intimate, and as potent today as on the day od its premiere.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, this tragic love story is set in a New York City enveloped by bitteer tension between two teenaqage gangs, the Jets, self-styled 'Americans' and the Sharks, a group of young Puerto Ricans.
The musical's rapturous songs; vivid drama, passionate dance andd rich orchestrations coalesce in an enduring work about love versus hae=te.
Season: April 10, 11, 12, 13, 17,18, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27/ 2019 Saturday matinees at 2pm. April 13, 20,27. Sunday matinees at 3pm. April 12, 21, 28. Matinees at 1pm. April 10, 16, 24.

Two Weddings. One Brid

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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Eileen

GSOV is thrilled to be producing a fully staged season utilising a boutique instrumental ensemble and a stirring new libretto courtesy of VHRP Live, the premiers US company for the music of Victor Herbert.
ON the eve of the Irish revolution. poet Barry O'Day meets the winsome Eileen in France and falls in love. Torn between passion and duty, his sire land pulls his heart and leaves unsure if he'll ever see her again.
Years later Barry journeys to his home in Sligo Bay ready to lead rebellion against British occupation with the help of sympathetic English aristocrat, Lady Maude, the current owner of the O'Day lands. Imagine his surprise when Eileen turns out to be Lady Maude's niece. Love rekindles, but with danger all around will their romance survive>
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2018 Season

The Cappulets and The Montagues

Love and tragedy intertwine in Bellini's take on the original heartbreaker. Unmistakable melodies soar with rich lyricism and sublime beauty as inevitable devastation unfolds in stage.
The ultimate tale of doomed love marks the thrilling final to Victorian Opera's Bellini concert series. the rarely heard masterpiece draws two of Australia's finest singers home as Romeo and Juliet, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and superstar soprano Jessicca Pratt.
Season: Friday September 14. Venue Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne

Pelleas and Melisande

When Gouland finds Melisande in the woods, alone and with a mystrious past, he claims her as his wife. After she meets his brother Pelleas, however, a secret love simmers between them while Golaud's suspicion deepens. A family slowly corrodes as heir tragic fates inevitbly take hold.
Season: October 11 & 13. 2018.
Venue: PaLais Theatre St. Kilda.

Lorelei

Ancient myth meets modern woman in an allegory of resilience and reclaiming one's destiny.
Loerelei is a take-no prisoners, smash-them-on-the-rocks wild woman; a romantic, compassionate, trusting woman; a sensible, rational woman. A present-day enchntress, her past is hearbreak and hr future promises haunting self-discovery.
Season: November 3, 7, 8, 9, 10. Venue: Merlyn Theatre The Coopers Malthouse.

Special Events

Victorian Opera at Dark Mofo 2018

After sold-out performances of The Sleeping Beauty in 2017, Victorian Opera will return to Dark Mofo in Tasmania with an exciting and bold production. Details to be advised.
Season: Friday June 15, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17. 2017 Venue: Dark Mofo Hobart.

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in Concert

In association with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Victorian Opera continues its thriving relationship with Tasmanian Symphny Orchastra with a one--night - performance if the world's greatest love story in an operatic retelling by French composer Charles Gounod.
Season: Saturdy October 20. 2018.
\Venue: Federation Concert Hall Hobart Tasmania.

International News

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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Aida

Verdi's monumental, transcendent music makes this historic epic a perrennial favourtie. The company's new production comes from the celebrated Italian director Davide Livermore>
He is renowned for high-tec, projected sets so tangible, it's hard to believe they are just light and shadow. Immersive, impressive, intimate - this is the future of spectacle on stage.
Thrilling young conductor Andrea Battistoni 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 Elena Gabouri as Amneris and Riccardo Massi as Radamès.
Later in the season, rising star Natalie Aroyan takes on her dream role and Clementine Margraine, Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torres and Yonghoon Lee join the all-star lineup.
This a story of love so strong it defies enemy lines. this is a story of a kingdom in triumph and a nation in chains. This is a story of betrayal.
Season: July 18, 24, 26, 28. August 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29, 31. 2018. Saturday matinees at 1pm. July 21 & August 4, 25. 2018

The Turk in Italy

She's Flirtatious, audacious and unspeakably bored.
He's geriatic, sycophant and easily ignored.
Add a handsome prince, a gypsy minx, and a poet in need of a pilot.
Put this classic Rossini in vintage bikins,
And a rollicking good time we've got!

Fromn Italy's greatest master of laughs comes a riotous comedy with a knodkout score.
It skips and sparkles from the gruffest of bass notes to the impossibly high reaches of Stacey Alleaume's coloratura.
Andrea Molina leads a cracking team of comic talents, including Paolo Bordogna in his side-splitting performance as the Turk. Simon Phillip's p[layful production wrings every l;ast laugh from rossini's rediculous romp.
Gabriela Tylesova's gelato-coloured costumes and clever sets are stars in their own right: a candid cherry on top of this rather outrageous ice-cream sundae.
Season: August 10, 15, 23, 25, 28, 30. September 1. 2018. Saturday Matinee at 12.30pm August 18. 2018

Evita

Starring Tina Arena.

After sell-out productions incliding Soputh Pacific, The King and I and most recently the 60th anniversary production of My Fair lady, we once again re-create ne of the greatest works of musical theatre: the original West End production of Andrew Lloyd Weber'sEvita, directed by Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
Featuring some of Andrew Lloyd Weber's best-loved songs including Con't Cry for Me Aregntina, On thiss Night of a Thoudans Stars, YouMust Love Me and and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from humble beginnings through to thr extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralses as the 'spiritual leader of the nation".
Season: September 18 - November 3. 2018
Thuirsday - Saturday at 7.30pm. Wednesday & Saturday at 1pm. Dunsay 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: September 26, 27, 28, 29. 2018. Evenings at 7pm.

New Yar's Eve

The best New Year's Eve of your life is waiting at the Sydney Opera House ths summer.
Put on some bling, kick up yout heels and head out the door. Leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the sails.
See the romantic La Bohème or a gala concert of opera hits, and enjoy drinks or a wonderful meal overlooking Sydney Harbour as you count dowm to the festival of fire.
Then watch the fireworks the whole world wants to see from the best vantage point in Sydney - through the glass-fronted sails of the Sydney Opera House.
We've done all the planing for you so you can relax and enjoy he memories you make.
Package options:
Add pre-porformance dinner and/ or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for the Opera Gala or La Bohème.

Pre-Performing : $399
Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine on a three-course menu, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Northern Foyer from 5.30pm

Midnight Party $349:
Canapés, drinks and live entertainment, with views of the spectacular midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour.

Platinum Package #1,422:
Pre-performance dinner, Platinum seats at the performance of your choice, a program, drink at interval, and the Midnight Party.
If you don't have tickets to the Midnight Party, there are a limited number of outdoor viewing areas you'll be able to access following the performance. Please note tat these spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Some fireworks can be viewed from the Southern Foyers inside the Sydney Opera House at midnight, but you may not have a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Season: December 31. 2018 a 7.45pm Concert Hall Sydney Opera House

La Bohème.
Season: December 31. 2018 at 7.45pm Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre. Sydney Opera Hoaue




2019 Season

Mazda Opera in the Domain

It's a tradition: every year thousands of Sydneysiders head down to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.
Hear our brightest starss, under the stars, sing opera's most famous aria's with the magnificent backing of the Opera australia Orchestra.
Dress up - or not - it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communual, cultural celebration Sydney loves ber=st.
Saurday January 19. 2019 at 8pm. No need to book, just come along. Free!.

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: New Year;s Eve. January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, 17, 19, 21, 23, 31. February 5, 8. March 20, 22, 25, 28. 2019 at 7.30pm. Saturday Matinee at 1pm. March 16. 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: January 15, 18, 24, 29. February 1, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27. March 1, 5, 8, 12, 16, 19, 23,27. 2019. at 7.30pm Saturday matinee at 1pm /february 9, 2019 and March 30. 2019.

Wozzeck

Wozzeck is running, always running, with his shadow in pursuit.
He is
poor. and he is weary. He is used and used up. He is a brute, ruled by brutes.
And now his mind is imploding.
Berg's fascinating opera is a portrait of a ravaged man, drawn with vivid clarity through unsettleing music and sharp, structured scenes.
Kentridge;s haunting illustrations offer a window into the carnage of Wozzeck's worlsd. Charcoal drawings fill the stage, frenetic scribbles are illuminated and then erased, as we wonder, with Wozzeck, what is real.
Season: January 25, 30. February 6, 9, 12, 15. 2019 at 7.30pm. Saturdqay matinee February 2. 2019 at 1pm.

Werther

Werther loves with thrilling intensity. But passion blooms into a dangerous obsession when the younhg poet discovers his love can never be ralised.
Goethe's powerful novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, moved the world upon its release in 1774. Young men cried their anguish into time glass vials and carried around their tears to prove the depth of their emotions. They wore the poet's signature clothes, and a few lovelorn souls even followed his path, seeking death over a life without love.
In the ultimate Romntic opera, Massenet's rich score magnifies the drama and emotion of the story. Werther falls hopelessly in love with Charlotte in lyrical, melodious phrases. As Cahrlotte chooses duty over heartm Werther's turmoil is palpable in restless music that bursts out of the enormous orchestra. The French composer's ability to evoke mood and moment in music id on brilliant display.
Season: February 22, 26, 28. March 2, 4, 7, 11. 2019 at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee March 9. 2019 at 1pm.

Salome

In King Herod's lurid fanatasies, lust has no boundaries and there are no limits. Even his own stepdaughter tempts him, taunts him. Salome, the virgin seductress, an innocent with a taste for blood.
Strauss' taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wildee's play to its core, a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour.
Season: March 6, 9, 15, 18, 21,26. 2019. at 7.30pm. Saturday mainee March 23. 2019 at 1pm.

West Side Story

The moment the curtain went up on West Side Story on Broadway in 1957, musical theatre changed forever.
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time the genius of West Side Story's crators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece.
Bernstein's lyrical and evocative score features unforgettable sngs including Maria, tonight, somewhere, America and Feel Pretty, that have been universally adored for generations, proving this iconic dance musical remains as sprited, achingly intimate, and as potent today as on the day od its premiere.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, this tragic love story is set in a New York City enveloped by bitteer tension between two teenaqage gangs, the Jets, self-styled 'Americans' and the Sharks, a group of young Puerto Ricans.
The musical's rapturous songs; vivid drama, passionate dance andd rich orchestrations coalesce in an enduring work about love versus hate
Season: March 22 - April 21.2019 at 7.30pm Tuesday to Sunday except Good Friday April 19. 2019. and August August 20 - October 6. 2019

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
Season: December 4 - 10. 20-19.

 



 

 

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Opera Australia
On Tour
Bookings: opera.org.au/on-tour

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?

ACT tour dates

VICTORIA

The Drum Thatre
Dandenong Friday July 13 & Saturday Jiuly 14. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Bunjil Place
Narrewarren. Tuesday July 17. 2018 at 7.30pm.

The Regent Theatre
Yarram. Friday July 20. 2018 at 7.30pm

St Pauls Anglican Grammar
Warragul. Saturday July 21.2018 at 7.30pm.

The Lighthouse
Warrnambool Tuesday July 24. 2018 at 7.30pm.

WendoureeCentre for Performing Arts.
Ballarat. Thursday July 26. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Ulumbarra Theatre
Bendigo. Saturday July 28. 2018 at 7.30pm

Mildura Arts Centre.
Mildura. Tuesday July 31. 2018 at 7.30pm

Horsham Town Hall.
Horsham. Thursday August 2. 2018 at 8pm.

Wangaratta PerformingArts Centre.
Wangaratta. Saturday September 1. 2018 at 7.30pm

NEW SOUTH WALES:

Tamworth Capital Theatre
Tamworth Saturday August 4. 2018 at 7.30pm

Murwillumbah Civic Centre
Murwillumbah tuesday August 7. 2018 at 7.30pm

Lazenby Hall
Armidaly. Thursday August 9. 2018 at 7.30pm

The Glasshouse
Port Macquarie. Saturday august 11. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Newcastle Civic Theatre
Newcastle. Tuesday August 14. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst. Thursday August 16. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Riverside Theatre
Paramatta/ Saturday August 18. 2018 at 7.30pm

The Art House
Wyong. Monday August 20. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
Wollongong.. Wednesday August 22 & thursday august 23. 2018 at 7.30pm

Dubbo Regional Theatre
Dubbo. Saturday August 25. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Orange CivicTheatre
Orange. tuesday august 28. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga. Thursday august 30. 2018 at 7.30pm

Albury Entertainment Cnetre
albury. Tuesday Speptember 4. 2018 at 7.30pm.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre
Canberra Thursday September 6, Friday September 7. at 7.30pm.Saturday September 8 at 1pm & 7.30pm 2018.

TASMANIA

Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Burnie Wednesday September 12. 2018 at 7.30pm.

Theatre Royal
Hobart. Friday September 14. & SaturdaySeptember 15. 2018 at 7.30pm

Princess Theatre.
Launceston. Tuesday September 18. 2018 at 7.30pm.

 

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Pinchgut Opera

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

 

 

2018 Season

The Merry Widow

Two of the country's most [opular and charismatic performrs. David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso return to OperaQ's main stage this season as perfectly paired lovers Hanna and Count Danilo, in a lush and spectacular new production of Franz Lehár's ever popular The Merry Widow.
With money as its motivating force, The Merry Widow is a slick comedy of manners and mismatched marriages. Centred around the enduring yet prickly romance between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo, it waltzes along with couples falling in and out of love, and - after mny misunderstandings - a final happy ending.
Season: June 22 at 7.30pm, 23 at 1.30pm & 7.30pm, 27 at 6.30pm, 29 at 7.30pm, 30 at 2pm & 7.30pm.
Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC ,

Opera Romance

On June 28. 2018, audiences will be treated to Opera Romance, an evening celebrating two colourful careers in opera with soprano Antoinette Halloran and tenor Rosario La Spina. Halloran and La Spinatwo of Australia's finest operatic voices and longtime colleagues, will dhare backstage stories and perform their favourite opera arias and duets. Annette and Rosario will be joined by members of our Opera Stage Community Chorus for this one-evening performance.
Season: thursday June 28 at 6.30pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC

Don Giovanni

Look intop the eyes of one of opera's most tortured souls as Don Giovanni roams the stage.
British/Australian bass baritone and rising international star Duncan Rock, makes his Australian principal debut in the title role f this striking new production of one4 of Mozart;s best works. Some or Queensland's finest cinging actors will complete the cast in Don Giovani. They tell of the compelling tale of our iconic antihero's final days of pleasure as he roars toward his ultimae destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives od everyune he encounters.
Season: October 18, 20, 26, 27. Novenber 1 all at 7.30pm. October 23 30 at 6.30pn Nivember 3 at 1.3pm.
Venue: Playhousde Theatre QPAC.

Ruddigore - Regional Tour

Lindy Hume's critically acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigoer or The Witche's Curse hits the road in 2018, giving regional Queensland the opportunity to jump into the weird and wonderful wprld of Victoriana. This irreeverent romp theough marriage, madness and mayhem had Brisbane audiences and reviewers laughing out loud and its colourful bunch of comic characters is sure to resonate with audiences across the state.
Shy and law-abiding gentleman famrer Robin Oakapple is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him but he has a dark secret. He is the heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore - he must commit a dastardly deed every day or face a tortuous death!
Season & Venues: August 3 & 4th Gold Coast. August 8, Rockhampton. August 11, Mackay. August 15, Townsville. August 18, Cairns. August 23, Toowoomba.

PROJECT G&S. Your chance to star.
Project G & S is an OperaQ community initiative to give aspiring local artists the chance to live out thier stage dreams. Age is no barrier - all you have to do is rock up to the auditions when they come to your town and you could be part of the chorus for Ruddigore or The Witche's Curse.
If you have ambitions, a dream or just want to show off in front off family and friends this is your chance, so keep an eye on the website where the company will be announcing all the audtion dates across six regional communities. If selected, you'll wotk with OperaQ and local professionals, who will add the polish to your passion.
For more information, or to register go to operaq.com.au/ProjectGS

Hansel & Gretel - Primary Schools Touring Production

Loved by hundreds and thousands of people the world over, Hansel & Gretel is one o the most popular operas ever written. Now OperaQ and shake & stir theatre co present this Humpperdinck classic reimagined especially for primary students in the 21st century. Hansel and Gretel are on a journey into the forest. They're searching for food for the family table but what they discover is far more appealing ... do they dare taste the sweet façade of the gingerbread house? Hansel & Gretel will transport children and adults alike to a contemporary world of magic, fairies and sweets with its enchanting story of survival and family bonds.
Hansel & Gretel is specifically designed for primary school aged children (Prep -6) and covers themes of storytelling, bravery, friendship and trusdt.
Throughout the performance, and back in their classrooms, students are able to to use key critical thinking skills to analyse the themese relating to their own context and world.
For booking inquiries contact Open Stage at openstage@operaq.com.au or phone 07 3735 3030.

Dido & Aeneas - Youth Workshop Program

OperaQ's commitment to the future of opera in Queensland means that they are reaching out to the next generation of performer and audience through the 2018 OperaQ Open Stage Youth Workshops. To make the experience even mor memorable and valuable for the company's young participants, this time the company will be teaming up with Queensland Theatre to present the Dido & Aeneas Youth sorkshop Program for young performers aged 13 - 17.
Based on the grand and tragic love between Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan warrior Aeneas, this thrilling new production will capture the imagination of our young cast, who will work with artists from both OperaQ and Queensland Theatre to re-imagine this epic romance.
To top off this exciting experience, the 12 week program eill culminate in a perfoprmance on the Playhouse stage, gainst the striking set of OperaQ's Con Giovanni.
If this opportunity strikes a little FOMO in your heart, then register your interest in the Dido & Aeneas Youth Workdhop Program, now at operaq.com.a/Didoand Aeneas
Workshop each Wednesday eveniong during school term from Jluy 18 to October 17 5.30pm - 8pm. OperaQ
Studio.
Workshop Performance October 18 6.30pm Playhouse Theatre QPAC.

Open Stage Workshops

If you've ever wanted to sing with your state opera company, here's your chance. Now in their fourth year, OperaQ's popular Open Stage workshops return with even more for you in 2018! This is a unique opprtunity to experience the world of opera with OperaQ's team of experienced artists, musicians and directors in the room with you to lend their experience and tuition.
Evening workdhop May - June six week program - Tuesday evenings from May 22 to June 26 .30pm - 8.30pm
Intensive workshop June five day ZIntensive June 25 - June 29 10am - 4pm.
Public Presentation Both evnening and intendive workshop participants.
Opera Romance Thursday June 28 at 6.30pm Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC.
Evening Workshop Ocotber - November six week program. Tuesday evenings from October 2 to ZNovember 6 . 6.30pm - 8.30pm
ntensive Workshop November Five day intensive November 5 to November 9 10am - 4pm.
Public Presntation both evening and intensive workshop participants. Friday November 9. 2018 at 6.30pm

 

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Adelaide Festival Theatre

State Opera of South Australia

 

 

Dunstan Playhouse


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